Memphis continues to gain national attention for its bicycle activities as First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Young neighborhood was declared a Bicycle Friendly Business at the Platinum Level by the League of American Bicyclists. The church joins a list of 950 visionary businesses nationwide, sharing the platinum-level designation with a limited number of elite bicycle-friendly businesses such as Facebook and Target.
Home of the Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op, First Congregational has been dedicated to encouraging Memphians to ride bicycles for exercise, transportation and fun for more than a decade and received the Platinum Level designation (the highest possible!) on its first application. This celebrates the church’s work in providing a setting where congregation members, the thirty shared space partners within the building and all other people who use the church’s facilities are encouraged and offered amenities to enable them to bicycle to events and worship services.
The church and its members have been advocates for more bicycle lanes throughout the city. Its Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op organizes regular rides and classes to help more children and adults in Memphis make bicycling part of their daily routines.
“Churches are recognizing the need to support healthy lifestyles, and cycling is certainly a part of that,” says Senior Pastor Rev. Cheryl Cornish. “Bicycles offer a low-cost, reliable and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. We’re excited to see Memphis becoming a bicycle-friendly city and are honored by this designation of our contributions to that effort.”
First Congregational Church is located at 1000 South Cooper Street. For more information on the church’s bicycle co-op (Revolutions) contact Executive Director Sylvia Crum at 278-6786, ext. 9 or www.revolutionsmemphis.com . Additional information about the League of American Bicyclists and their Bicycle Friendly Business awards may be found at www.bikeleague.org.