UPDATE 11/28/18: Following initial feedback collected at the open house on Oct. 27, 2018, we’re finalizing the draft implementation plan for general public release and comment. Check back soon to view the draft plan.
Big Jump Open House + Demonstration Project (COMPLETE)
After months of public workshops and design activities, we released for initial comment the first draft of the Big Jump Implementation Plan for South Memphis. This plan will propose a connected network of safe streets to receive improvements that calm traffic, and increase the safety of walking and bicycling. A temporary traffic calming demonstration project was located around the corner so residents could experience some of the proposed improvements in the real world (the demonstration project is on the ground until the first week of December 2018).
WHAT: Big Jump Open House + Demonstration Project
WHEN: Oct. 27, 2018 – 10:30 Am to 1:00 Pm (come and go as you please)
WHERE: Gaston Community Center, 1048 S. Third Street
Safe Streets Network Workshops — Fall 2018 (COMPLETE)
At a series of public workshops held from August to October 2018 (see map above), citizens helped the City prioritize and decide on street improvements in the Big Jump focus area of South Memphis, which includes neighborhoods such as Longview Heights, Mallory Heights, Riverview, Soulsville, South City, South Main, and more. These improvements will calm traffic, and increase the safety of walking and bicycling.
At each workshop, residents participated in an interactive design activity that indicated, for example, which streets were perceived to be dangerous for walking and bicycling and which streets should be prioritized for improvements. A final open house meeting will present the findings of the public input and the recommendations from the City.
Pizza with Planners — Big Jump Edition (COMPLETE)
Early in the summer of 2018 – and with the gracious support of the Hyde Family Foundations and PeopleForBikes – eight members of the local Big Jump Advisory Committee traveled to the Netherlands to learn and be inspired. In exchange for the trip abroad, these eight individuals committed to undertaking a community project within the Big Jump focus area. After some groundwork was put behind them, these neighborhood champions and stakeholders revealed their projects at BLDG Memphis’ Pizza with Planners event on August 23, 2018. To view the project posters presented at the meeting, click here: Big Jump Community Project Posters
The eight community projects are progressing through their various steps of implementation, and will each be tentatively complete by the summer of 2019.