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Giving Memphis the Bike-Friendly City You Deserve.

July 15, 2010
Even though bike lanes were regrettably omitted from the city’s recent stimulus fund application, I have directed our City Engineers to make any necessary adjustments to their operating budget plans so we can get these lanes and facilities in place.  Initiating this program to create 55 new miles of bike lanes and facilities is critical to the livability and health of our city.
My 2010-2011 Bicycle Facilities Program will make use of redirected operating funds from the City Engineer’s budget to ensure that appropriate lanes and facilities are included in upcoming repaving projects throughout the city.  The repaving projects are being funded variously by Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds (approximately 15 miles), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds (approximately 30 miles), and Engineering Division operating funds (approximately 10 miles.)
Work on the 55 miles included in the 2010-2011 Bicycle Facilities Program will begin immediately and will be completed within 18-24 months.  The first project will be underway on Monday, July 19, with the striping of bike lanes on Horn Lake Road.  Fully striped and marked bike lanes will be implemented wherever possible.  In some areas, shared lanes, signage, and/or other kinds of non-dedicated lane facilities will be implemented.
Within a matter of weeks, we will have hired our region’s first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, who will be responsible for expanding on these plans to connect even more parts of the greater Memphis area with walking and biking paths.  I will also be directing the Memphis Police Department and the Bike/Ped Coordinator to work together on a strategy to better educate the public and enforce existing laws that protect bicyclists on city streets.
I look forward to working with Chairman Harold Collins and members of the Memphis City Council as we expand this network in the future.



Group 1

Street/Route Est. Miles New Lanes/Facilities

Southern: Cooper to Early Maxwell 0.57

Southern: Early Maxwell to Josephine 0.66

Southern: Josephine to Semmes 0.43

Southern: Highland to Goodlett 1.09

Southern: Goodlett to Cherry 0.47

Southern: Cherry to Perkins 0.47

Perkins Ext: Poplar to Laurelwood 0.47

Group 2

Knight Arnold: Cherry to Perkins 0.71

Knight Arnold: Perkins to Boxdale 0.12

Knight Arnold: Boxdale to Castleman 0.66

Knight Arnold: Castleman to Mendenhall 0.33

Knight Arnold: Mendenhall to Estes 0.19

Knight Arnold: Estes to Hickory Hill 0.95

Knight Arnold: Ridgeway to Mt. Moriah 1.14

Group 3

Mill Branch: Riverbrook to Raines 0.71

Mill Branch: Raines to I-55 0.66

Mill Branch: I-55 to Winchester 0.57

Mill Branch: Winchester to Brooks 0.52

Mill Branch: Brooks to Nonconnah Blvd 0.66

Ball: Norris to Perry 0.28

Ball: Perry to Ketchum 1.04

Baskin: Whitney to Alta Vista 0.57

Delano: Alta Vista to Stage 0.19

Delano: Stage to Watkins 0.43

Delano: Watkins to Overton Crossing 0.24

Waring: Summer to Macon 0.90

Ross: Winchester to Reindeer 0.19

Ross: Reindeer to Birch Run 0.38

Ross: Birch Run to Winding Birch 0.28

Ross: Winding Birch to Raines 0.24

Ross: Raines to Ross Ridge 0.12

Ross: Ross Ridge to Elkgate 0.19

Ross: Elkgate to Shelby 0.62

Main: Crump to RR 0.12

Main: RR Underpass 0.05

Main: Crump to Carolina 0.05

Group 4

Madison: Cleveland to Watkins 0.09

Madison: Watkins to Diana 1.23

Madison: Diana to Cooper 0.14

Front: GE Patterson to Linden 0.52

Front: Linden to Beale 0.09

Front: Beale to Gayoso 0.09

Front: Gayoso to Union 0.09

McLemore: South Third to James 1.80

South Pkwy E: Lauderdale to Mississippi 0.61

South Pkwy E: Mississippi to Elvis Presley 1.00

Group 5

Chelsea: Watkins to Willett 0.14

Chelsea: Willett to McLean 0.57

Chelsea: Mclean to Tunica 0.47

Chelsea: Tunica to Boxwood 0.28

Chelsea: Boxwood to Fairfax 0.57

Well Station: Macon to Bayliss 0.47

Well Station: Macon to Watts 0.71

Semmes: Wildrose to Kimball 0.76

Semmes: Kimball to Barron 0.38

Semmes: Barron to Park 0.52

Semmes: Park to Waverly 0.43

Total est. miles – ARRA projects 28.24


Group 1

Airways: Rushmore to Plough 0.8

Winchester: Mendenhall to Hickory Hill 1.1

McLean: Lamar to Hunter 3.7

Group 2

Perkins: Willow to Park 1.5

Goodlett: Goodlett Cove to Walnut Grove 1.0

Park: Airways to Semmes 1.3

Central: Goodwyn to Patterson 1.2

Cooper: Central to Southern 0.7

McLemore: Kentucky to Third 0.5

Central: Zach Curlin to Goodlett 0.5

Group 3

Watkins: 1.40 to Frayser Boulevard 1.9

Vollintein: Ayers to Bellevue 0.5

Total est. miles – STP projects: 14.7

City of Memphis Engineering Division

Florida: Georgia to Trigg 1.20

Horn Lake: Rivergate to Mitchell 1.54

Horn Lake: Fairway to Third 0.57

Linden: Thomas to Sommerville 1.18

Trinity: Raleigh- Lagrange to Sanga 1.89

Shady Grove: White Station to Yates 0.66

Graham/Goodlett: Walnut Grove to Greenline 0.83

James: Overton Crossing to Mclean 0.51

Mclean: Chelsea to Wolf River 1.18

Total est. miles – Engineering Division 9.57

17 Comments leave one →
  1. RANDY BURNETT permalink
    July 15, 2010 8:35 pm

    Thank you Mayor Wharton! You are such a healing balm for our city. Words can’t express to you how much this means to me as an avid cyclist. I know I speak for literally thousands of other cyclists throughout the Shelby County area who are celebrating this milestone event…thanks to you. If you were here I’d give you a big hug! I’m quite sure your decision will also save many injuries and perhaps lives.

    God bless you!


  2. Jeff permalink
    July 15, 2010 8:58 pm

    I’m so profoundly grateful for the addition of bike lanes in Memphis. I rode my bike to work and pretty much everywhere else for years, but eventually it just became too dangerous. I am particularly thankful for the effort to educate the public about bike laws. Drivers in Memphis are mostly very resentful about the presence of cyclists, and they are not shy about expressing it. I can’t wait to get on these bike lanes!

  3. July 15, 2010 10:19 pm

    Hooray! Now that’s progressive (and responsive) leadership for Memphis!

  4. Lindsey Steffgen permalink
    July 16, 2010 12:06 am

    I think it is wonderful that Mayor Wharton is making Memphis more bike friendly, however I am slightly disappointed that the area where I live will not benefit from any new bike paths. I live on Mud Island and I see bikers every day riding along Island Drive. These bikers definitely need their own bike lane. Some mornings I see more bikers than I do cars and most days the bikers cause traffic to slow quite a bit. I wish the city would remove all the no parking signs next to the lane and used that area to pave a bike path.

  5. July 16, 2010 1:08 am

    We are happy to see the Mayor make this level of commitment to ensure we are able to address the issue of bike lanes. The bike lanes are so critical in promoting active life styles by using safe areas to ride a bike. Hats off to you Mr. Mayor.

  6. Tulio permalink
    July 16, 2010 3:13 am

    The 55 miles would be great, but most of the routes would not get me anywhere.

    What about ?
    Massey: Quince to Quail Hollow

    Kirby Parkway : Humphreys to Mt Moriah.

    Shady Grove : Humprey’s to White Station

    Park Ave : Germantown Rd to Highland

    Walnut Grove : Germantown Road to Highland.

    Highland : Poplar to Summer or the New Greenway

  7. Roberta Gibboney permalink
    July 16, 2010 3:13 pm

    Please include East and North Parkways in any future plans for bike lanes.

  8. Doris Harris permalink
    July 16, 2010 7:17 pm

    Thank God.My Daugther and I almost hit some bikers the other night.It was a very close call.I like to ride my bike sometimes too,But that little incident made me think about bike lanes.Guess now it will be safe enough to ride.We can save a few pennies on gas,riding our bikes instead of driving our cars to the nearest neighborhood store.

  9. Greg Siskind permalink
    July 16, 2010 7:23 pm

    This is truly great news for Memphis and bike riders all over the city owe Mayor Wharton a tremendous thank you for showing great leadership on this issue. The quality of life in our city will definitely be enhanced.

  10. Brad Christian permalink
    July 16, 2010 8:28 pm

    I created a Google Maps page with these routes, check it out as it much easier to understand the connectivity that this will provide. It is not perfect but will help immensely!

    • Sarah permalink
      October 4, 2010 4:28 pm

      Thanks Brad! That does help.

  11. msjacks permalink
    July 16, 2010 9:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, HOW MUCH DO I LOVE THIS MAYOR?! He gets things done! YES! Suggestion: publicize this intensely, as well as the rules of the road. Educating drivers on how to share the road, as well as making sure the MPD understands how bike lanes work, will be really critical safety measures once these lanes are in place. (I am flashing back to being pulled over on Southern while on my bike about ten years ago and being commanded by the officer who pulled me over to bike on the sidewalk. *shudder*)

  12. Mia Murray permalink
    July 23, 2010 7:05 pm

    Thank you Mayor Wharton!

    Please consider the residents and areas of North Memphis. We ride bikes too!

    How about:

    Jackson: I-240 to Riverside Drive
    Chelsea: Highland to Second
    Thomas: Levee Road to Mississippi Blvd.
    Second: Thomas to Chelsea
    Frayser Blvd: Thomas to Austin Peay
    James Road: Overton Crossing to Austin Peay

    Just to give those residents a bike/pedestrian friendly option since most of them rely on public transportation.


  13. Mia Murray permalink
    July 23, 2010 7:06 pm

    And also Firestone I-40 to Thomas.

  14. July 23, 2010 8:22 pm

    I suggest that consideration be given to using the existing Bike Tour routes as the starting point for bike lanes in the City. They already exist and are approximately the same total miles proposed above and would cover routes from east to west and north to south. In my opinion, a better way to go.

  15. Emrg permalink
    August 9, 2010 9:44 pm

    This is a very good thing, like so many, when I got a drivers license, never considered riding a bike again. But now, 35 years, later, I am riding again, and maybe Memphis can lose some of those extra pounds we have been accused of too!


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