May 2012 – Reflection in Photos

I wanted to make a post about all the awesome events that occurred during National Bike Month (May 2012). Ultimately, I decided to tell the story of Memphis in photos.

Enjoy!

I couldn’t wait to get Bike Month started, so I decided to join my colleagues from City Hall on the Tour de Cure (even though it was April). John Paul Shaffer from the Memphis MPO, Maria Fuhrmann (shown) from the City Council offices, and I raised $1,000 towards diabetes research.

I couldn’t wait to get Bike Month started, so I decided to join my colleagues from City Hall on the Tour de Cure (even though it was April). John Paul Shaffer (shown) from the Memphis MPO, Maria Fuhrmann from the City Council offices, and I raised $1,000 towards diabetes research.

On May 1, we launched the new BIKEPEDMEMPHIS.COM to be able to communicate the latest information on bike/ped projects, meetings, and safety in Memphis.

Mayors Wharton and Luttrell join TN Govenor Haslam and mayors from across the state in declaring May as Bike Month!

The students at Frayser Elementary school finished out the school year with a field day event that included a bean-bag toss testing their knowledge of bike/ped safety practices. The city has been working with these students since last fall as a part of the Safe Routes to School program.

Bike To Work Day started early on May 18. This is the 6:30am group I led from Cooper-Young. These teachers at St. Patricks and I were the first to arrive at the Central Station energizer station.

Cyclists took to the streets on the way to Bikesploitation II: Some Bike It Hot, Memphis’ own film festival all about bikes!

Bike polo on the rooftop of the Sears Crosstown parking garage. Enough said.

Hundreds of Memphians climbed the decks of the Sears Crosstown parking garage to take part in Bikesploitation II: Some Bike It Hot, Memphis’ homegrown film festival. Films from Memphis and around the world were shown celebrating bicycles and the joy they bring to people from all over.

About 50 people showed up to hear about Bike Share programs around the country and the feasibility study currently being conducted for Memphis. Thanks to Livable Memphis for hosting the meeting for us.

Technically, it’s the July issue, but Bicycling Magazine released its new list of the best, and worst, cities for cycling. Memphis no longer bottoms out the list as it was named the “Most Improved City for Cycling” in the US.

Local cyclists joined up on Memorial Day to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop, a local non-profit bike shop that helps teach bike safety and maintenance to Memphians. These cyclists took part in a 35 mile bike ride followed by a much needed ice bath and BBQ.

City Engineer, John Cameron, and I joined transportation leaders from Portland, San Francisco, Washington DC, Austin, and Chicago in the Windy City for the official kick-off of the Green Lane Project, an initiative of the Bikes Belong Foundation. And yes, Dir. Cameron did ride a bike through the rain in downtown Chicago.

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