In Case You missed It: Shelby Farms Greenline Bridge Follow-Up


First of all, thank you to the more than 50 citizens who attended the City’s public meeting on Tuesday evening! Furthermore, thank you to the approximately 50 additional people who either attended our meeting Monday night or dropped by the open design studio during the day Tuesday!

Those who attended were the first in Memphis to glimpse conceptual designs for an iconic bridge and trail extension that will push the Greenline into Midtown. If you weren’t able to attend, or didn’t hear about the meetings in time, below are presentation slides shown at the meeting.

For the overview presentation: Click Here

For the design presentation: Click Here

You can still provide input on the project by downloading this questionnaire, filling it out, and submitting it no later than November 1, 2016. Submission instructions on are the second page of the form. All completed questionnaires will be entered into the official record for this project.


Now, if you’d like some more food for thought about this project, stay with me for a minute, because while this 0.6-mile trail extension is short in actual distance, it spans a wide symbolic gap.

A common complaint heard from citizens is the current hardship faced when trying to cross the Poplar Avenue or Union Avenue corridors on foot or by bike. This project will provide a direct connection across this west-east axis completely separated from automobile traffic. What’s more, it will extend one of the region’s most popular bicycle/pedestrian paths, the Shelby Farms Greenline, and link up with the planned Hampline cycle track through Binghampton, Broad Avenue, and into Overton Park. Construction on the Hampline will start next spring.

Of greater symbolism, though, is what the project site represents. Nearly 100 years ago, the Poplar Avenue and Union Avenue viaducts were constructed and allowed Memphis to expand eastwards, beyond the Parkways, and into what we now know as East Memphis. These two viaducts facilitated the advent of suburban-style development in Memphis, as well as the migration of residents out of the urban core. Now in 2016, the City intends to build a new bridge between the two viaducts that not only represent a desire to better connect suburban areas back to the urban core, but also forgoes cars altogether. Memphis seems to be coming full circle, and perhaps in another 100 years residents will point to this bridge as a landmark to the era when the city launched another transformation of itself.

If that’s not symbolic enough for you, consider that this bridge will act as the iconic crown of the Shelby Farms Greenline — a catalytic project that led to more focus on walking and biking in Memphis.

Lastly, if you’re wondering what happens with the Greenline beyond Flicker Street, rest assured that the City envisions a bicycle/pedestrian connection somehow extending into Tobey Park, the Fairgrounds, and possibly beyond. Those segments are not within the scope of this project, however, and will be addressed at a later date.

Bike Ped Memphis will continue to provide updates on this project as it progresses.

Public Meetings: Shelby Farms Greenline Bridge Project


Where the Greenline Ends: Upcoming public meetings will discuss how the City plans to extend the Shelby Farms Greenline farther west and over an active railroad.

Mark you calendars, folks, the City of Memphis is about to have some public meetings on what I hope will be another landmark bicycle/pedestrian bridge to follow on the heels of the Harahan.

The City of Memphis is taking the first steps to continue the Shelby Farms Greenline to the west, and wants feedback from the public on the design and appearance of the extension.

The scope of this project is from the Greenline’s current terminus at Tillman Street to Flicker Street. Due to the necessity of crossing an active railroad, the City will construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge in between the Union Avenue and Poplar Avenue viaducts. Additionally, the City intends to build a new trailhead at Flicker Street, under or near the Union Avenue viaduct. Once complete, the bridge will allow the Greenline to one day push through Tobey Park, into the Fairgrounds, and possbily beyond.

A team of urban planners, engineers, and designers will convene near the project site on October 17th and 18th to set up a design studio and interact with the community. Members of the public are invited to attend the following sessions:

Monday, October 17

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Recap of Site Visit, Discussion, and Pin-Up of Ideas

Tuesday, October 18

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Design Studio Open House
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Final Presentation on Design Workshops

Each session will be held at:

First Baptist Church
2835 Broad Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112

I hope to see you there!