Add New Bike Facilities
Currently designated as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community, the City of Memphis continues to expand its mileage of on- and off-street bicycle facilities to create a greener, more connected city. Memphis has received national recognition for these efforts: in 2017, we were selected by PeopleForBikes as one of ten US cities involved in the Big Jump Project, and hosted the national Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals conference the same year.
Building New Bike Infrastructure
Each year, the City's Public Works and Engineering Divisions coordinate to include striping for bicycle lanes in scheduled repaving projects. This strategy takes advantage of already funded projects to establish new bike facilities, without adding to the budget. Federal transportation grants also help to offset planning, design, and construction costs for these projects.
Using Best Practices
In recognition of changing best practices, the City of Memphis is working to implement more protected bike lanes to create a low-stress bicycle network. Off-street connections like the Wolf River Greenway and Chelsea Avenue Greenline will further enhance the city's growing network.
The Big Jump Project
In partnership with PeopleForBikes, the City of Memphis is spending three years focused on enhancing cycling conditions and bike ridership in South Memphis. The general borders for this focus area are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. on the north, Interstate 240 on the east, Mallory Ave. on the south, and the Mississippi River on the west. Learn more here.
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. The project will also create a downtown pedestrian "promenade" along Peabody Place.
Explore Bike Share
After years of planning, the City of Memphis assisted Explore Bike Share in launching the city's first bike-sharing program in May 2018. The program has a network of about 600 bikes and 60 stations located throughout the city, in neighborhoods such as Downtown, South Memphis, Uptown, Orange Mound, Binghampton, and Midtown. Learn about membership here.