Bike Month Ends…Explore Bike Share Begins!

explorebikeshareFollowing the success of more than 70 local bike-themed events during May for National Bike Month, we’re proud to announce the launch of EXPLORE BIKE SHARE, a strategic effort to discover the assets and challenges of launching a public bike share system in Memphis.

Bike share is a remarkable innovation of urban mobility and transit, providing citizens and tourists alike with a fun, healthful, affordable, and dynamic transportation option. A typical citywide bike share system consists of on-demand bicycles available for rental from a network of stations. Users can pay per ride or may hold “all-you-can-ride” memberships of varying lengths. These can be purchased online, on-site via credit card or at partner locations that process cash payments. The bicycles themselves are designed to be safe for riders of various abilities, adaptable to a range of street conditions, and easy to service.

Strategically integrating bike share into our larger transit system and regional “green print” of bike lanes and trails ensures that it will be an efficient, safe, and useful option for residents and visitors alike, producing wide-reaching benefits to our economy, public health, environment, and culture. Representatives from Memphis’ livability, bicycle/pedestrian, community and economic development, and tourism sectors have formed a committee chaired by Doug Carpenter (Doug Carpenter & Associates) to lead this public discussion about exactly what bike share would look like in Memphis, and determine within 2015:

  • How bike share’s numerous benefits can impact as many Memphians in as many neighborhoods as equitably as possible
  • How Memphians would utilize bike share
  • In which areas of Memphis bike share stations will do the most good and produce the most sustainable return on investment
  • The cost of installing and maintaining a system
  • Possible revenue sources for both installation and ongoing maintenance, including sponsorships, memberships, and private grants
Check out this video of bike share in Philadelphia:
How To Get Invovled:
  1. A series of public community input sessions are being held that will provide opportunities to share ideas and suggestions about bike share.
  2. In addition to participating in any of the planned input sessions, you can also take a short online survey and share your thoughts:
  3. Join the conversation on Facebook.
  4. Check out the article from today’s Commercial Appeal.
  5. For additional information, contact Doug Carpenter or Cara Greenstein at (901) 372-5100 or


Register For Bike-To-Work Day, May 15!

bike_month_web_900x900_0May is National Bike Month, and people on bikes all across Memphis will be celebrating as part of national Bike-to-Work Day this year on Friday, May 15! If you have not already discovered the joys of getting around by bike in the Bluff City, Bike-to-Work Day and the activities leading up to it are a chance for you to give bicycle commuting a try as cyclists of all skill and experience levels celebrate the bicycle as a viable means of transportation.

Taking part in the event is easy and can be accomplished in just a few easy steps.

  1. Register through the online form found here. Registration is free and open to anyone
  2. On May 15, ride your bike to work. Smile all day. (Facebook Event)
  3. After work, ride your bike to the Bike-To-Work Happy Hour (High Cotton Brewing, 598 Monroe). Share some drinks with other Bike-To-Workers. Win A Prize. (Facebook Event)
  4. Go to bed at night smiling, wishing you could still be riding.

Remember to let your employer know that you and your coworkers will be participating in Bike to Work Day as part of National Bike Month, and thank them for supporting active commuting as an option for their employees! If you’re new to bicycling, make sure you check out one of the many opportunities to get in some practice rides or maintenance clinics before next Friday. A full list of all the bike activities in Memphis can be found here and many are free!