Bikes on Broad – New Monthly Bike Event in Memphis

First Ride – April 30! – Details and RSVP Here

– – Cargo Bikes or Bikes with Trailers – –

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The City of Memphis is participating in a national competition with other US cities to determine which city is the best for everyday bicycle riding. The measure of this quality is being determined using a little bit of whimsy – counting people doing everyday things on their bikes. The last Thursday of each month, April through November (well, November 19 is technically not the last Thursday), the City will record all bicycle riders meeting a certain set of criteria for entry into the national competition. Each month has a different theme coordinated with events or happening familiar with that month.

The City has chosen to conduct the counts along Broad Avenue between Tillman Street and Hollywood Street where a newly paved section just received a two-way cycle track as part of the ongoing Hampline construction.

  • Ride your bicycle along this road on the designated day at any time and be counted.
  • Ride your bicycle along this road on the designated day and meet the themed challenge and be counted for entry in the national competition.

Want to make the challenge even more fun?

  • Meet up with riders at 6:00pm on the designated day at the Overton Park Bike Gate (Sam Cooper and East Parkway) for a group ride down Broad Avenue
  • The ride will be about one mile in length along the new protected bikeways and will terminate at Rec Room (3000 Broad Avenue)
  • Rec Room will be hosting an EXCITEBIKE bracket challenge each evening of the group ride. $10 buy-in to participate in the bracket challenge with a portion of the proceeds benefiting bicycle improvements along Tillman between Broad and the Shelby Farms Greenline.

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In April, we’re counting cargo bike or bikes pulling trailers. Looking for a cargo bike or trailer to pull for the ride? Check out sales and rentals at these local retailers…

ALL About Bikes, LLC (Sales Only)
Bikes Plus-Memphis (Sales Only)
Bike the Planet (Sales and Rentals)
Midtown Bike Co. Downtown Memphis (Sales Only)
Outdoors, Inc. (Sales Only)
Peddler Bike Shop (Sales and Rentals)
Revolutions Bicycle CoOp (Sales and Rentals)
Victory Bicycle Studio (Sales Only)

Riverside Drive – Third Public Meeting, March 26 & Online Survey

032615 RiversideJoin the City of Memphis on Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for the third community meeting related to the recent changes made to Riverside Drive. In June 2014, a temporary striping pattern was implemented along Riverside Drive, between Georgia Ave. and Beale St., in an effort to make Riverside Drive and the Memphis riverfront safer, more active, and accessible for persons choosing to walk or ride bicycles.  The pilot project has reduced Riverside Drive motor vehicle traffic from four lanes to two lanes between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue in order to measure the impact of traffic flows and speeds with reduced roadway capacity.  The space freed by this reduction is currently devoted to bicycle and pedestrian activities.

During the test period, the City reviewed how Riverside Drive can be reconfigured permanently from Carolina Avenue to Bass Pro Drive later this summer utilizing data gathered during the pilot project and public input scheduled periodically during the test period.  The pilot project has given technical experts a chance to evaluate traffic impacts on Riverside Drive and the downtown street network as the ultimate configuration of Riverside Drive is determined.

Through the course of community comment and meetings, the final design options have been refined and narrowed to a few remaining choices. Prior to the meeting, the City of Memphis is asking residents to review information and register their preference in an online survey. The Riverside Drive Design Preference Survey can be accessed at  http://tinyurl.com/mrkpy3k or by visiting the project website, http://www.memphistn.gov/riversidedrive.

This meeting will include information about the data gathered thus far, a review of public comments and their impact on the final design considerations, a review of the preliminary implementation plan, and a discussion of design details remaining open for consideration.

For additional information related to the meeting, interested citizens may contact Kyle Wagenschutz, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, at (901) 636-6710 or kyle.wagenschutz@memphistn.gov.