Add New Bike Facilities
Currently designated as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community, the City of Memphis has been on to track to double its mileage of on- and off-street bicycle facilities since 2012, and was projected to reach approximately 400 miles by the end of 2017. Memphis continues to receive national recognition for its efforts to improve conditions for cycling, as demonstrated by its selection as one of 10 US cities for the The Big Jump project from PeopleForBikes and host city for the 2017 edition of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals' national conference. Reflective of changing best practices towards the design of bicycle facilities, the City of Memphis is working to implement more protected bike lanes to create a low-stress network. Off-street connections like the Wolf River Greenway and Chelsea Avenue Greenline will further enhance the city's growing network.
Each year, the City of Memphis Division of Public Works coordinates with the Engineering Division to include striping for bicycle lanes in its scheduled repaving projects. The coordination allows the city to take advantage of already funded projects to establish new bicycle facilities without placing additional demands on the city’s budget. Furthermore, the City often uses Federal transportation grants to offset the planning, design, and construction costs associated with these projects.
The Big Jump
In partnership with PeopleForBikes, the City of Memphis will spend the next three years focused on increasing bike ridership and improving cycling conditions in South Memphis. The general borders for this focus area are Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Avenue on the north, Interstate 240 on the east, Mallory Avenue on the south, and the Mississippi River on the west.
Great Streets Pilot Project
The City of Memphis and the Urban Arts Commission recently launched the Great Streets Pilot Project which will create a new, mostly protected east-west bike route through Downtown that connects the riverfront with Midtown and points farther east.
Explore Bike Share
As part of a public-private partnership, the City of Memphis is aiding the efforts of Explore Bike Share to implement a bike-sharing program across the city. Scheduled to launch in Spring of 2018 with an initial network of 60 stations and 600 bikes, the program will connect such neighborhoods as Downtown, South Memphis, Uptown, Orange Mound, Binghampton, and Midtown.