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.

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