Join us tomorrow for a presentation at the monthly Pizza With Planers speaking series hosted by Livable Memphis. The presentation will take place at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue beginning at 5:30pm. In order to accurately provide enough refreshments for everyone, please RSVP your attendance here.
In May 2013, Mayor Wharton announced plans to implement a network of “Green Lanes” as a part of the city’s commitment to the Green Lane Project, a program of People For Bikes focusing on building protected bicycle lanes in six U.S. cities, including Memphis. “Green lanes” go by many different names. Sometimes they’re called cycle tracks, protected bike lanes, traffic-separated bike lanes, or buffered bike lanes. There are many variations in design and function, but these facilities share a common purpose; they offer convenient, comfortable, and safe places for people from ages 8 to 80 to travel by bike.
The City installed its first “Green lane” along Overton Park Avenue, between Bellevue and Cleveland, in Fall 2013. Under this new design, key attention is placed on how cyclists and automobiles interact at intersections and driveways. Green paint alerts both motorists and cyclists of the likelihood of crossing each other at that location and special treatments are used to help automobiles and bicycles merge more safely at stoplights.
City of Memphis Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Kyle Wagenschutz will discuss the city’s plan to implement 22 miles of “Green Lanes” over the next couple of years. Additionally, Mr. Wagenschutz will unveil the city’s new messaging and education campaign designed at raising awareness of active modes of transportation in Memphis and improve safety for all road users.