First Community Meeting Planned for Riverside Drive

072914 Riverside-page-001Join the City of Memphis on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Beale Street Landing (251 Riverside Drive) for the first community meeting related to the recent changes made to Riverside Drive. A temporary striping pattern was recently 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 project entails reducing Riverside Drive motor vehicle traffic from four lanes to two lanes between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue for the next 12 to 18 months.  The space freed by this reduction is now devoted to bicycle and pedestrian activities.

During the test period, the City will look at how Riverside Drive can be reconfigured permanently from Carolina Avenue to Bass Pro Drive utilizing data gathered during the pilot project and public input scheduled periodically during the test period.  The pilot project will give 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.

This community meeting is the first of several that will be scheduled during the pilot period so that data can be shared and public comment can be made. This meeting will include information about what data is being gathered, the projected schedule of future meetings, and what the public can expect during the duration of the pilot period. Doors will open to the meeting at 6:00pm, followed by a presentation at 6:30pm.

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.

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