Green Lane Project officially kicks off!

Protected bicycle lane on Kinzie St. in Chicago.

In case you were hiding under a rock last week, Memphis made national and local press for its involvement in the Green Lane Project, an initiative of the Bikes Belong Foundation working with Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Washington, D.C., to support the cities’ development of world-class bicycling facility networks over the next two years.

Director John Cameron, City Engineer, and I joined transportation and bike/ped directors from the other five cities in Chicago last week for our first joint workshop and introductions. It was a really exciting time to represent Memphis on the same stage as other US “cycling meccas,” have a peer to peer exchange about the great progress we have made over the last couple of years, and discuss the vast opportunities Memphis has for creating a world-class cycling culture here in the southeastern US.

City transportation officials and bike/ped coordinators gathered for a press conference near the Kinzie St. protected bike lanes in Chicago.

Victor Mendez, FHWA Director

In addition to the national media taking note, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Director Victor Mendez was in attendance lending FHWA support to the project. Mr. Mendez sat through presentations from each of the six cities describing the great bicycling projects taking place in each city and offered suggestions of how FHWA and each city could collaborate together to make the Green Lane Project a huge success.

Below are some of the links to stories about the Green Lane Project and Memphis’ involvement. There are more out there -just make a quick Google search and read until your heart is content.

Green Lane Project – May 29, 2012
Sreetsblog – May 29, 2012
USA Today – May 30, 2012
WMCTV – May 31, 2012
Common Dreams – May 31, 2012
Memphis Flyer – June 1, 2012
League of American Bicyclists – June 1, 2012
Fast Lane DOT – June 5, 2012

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