Mayor A C Wharton names Kyle Wagenschutz city’s first Bike/Ped Coordinator
Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced that Kyle Wagenschutz has been selected as Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator by the City of Memphis and the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO.)
In his new position, Mr. Wagenschutz will be responsible for training and education on bicycle and pedestrian planning and design issues to all municipalities within the Memphis MPO jurisdictions and will coordinate activities within Memphis to ensure integration and partnership with surrounding communities in the Memphis MPO area. He will also actively engage and seek partnerships with the state transportation policy organizations in Tennessee and Mississippi, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), as well as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders.
Mr. Wagenschutz, 27, is a recent graduate of the Master’s in City and Regional Planning program at the University of Memphis and also serves as the Director of Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop, a non-profit bicycle shop in Cooper Young that teaches bicycle repair and provides low-cost bicycles to Memphians. He is also on the Board of Directors for Bike Walk Tennessee, a statewide advocacy group, and has participated as a member of the Memphis MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the past two years.
“I am thrilled that we have selected Kyle to fill this crucial role,” said Mayor Wharton. “His experience in this field, strong planning background, and clear passion for bike and pedestrian causes makes him the ideal person for the job.
“Let me be very clear that even though it is a new position, we are not adding new employees to city government during this time of cutbacks and austere spending. This position makes use of an unfilled clerk’s position in the Engineering Division and will be co-funded by the MPO. We are making the most efficient possible use of our existing budget without expanding the size of government, while adding tremendous value to our entire metropolitan area. Kyle will be working for our entire community—from the core city to the suburbs and all points in between.”
“Having a bicylce/pedestrian coordinator on staff brings Memphis closer to the forefront of livability and sustainability programming. Making our community more walkable and bikable will inherently make us all safer and healthier by encouraging exercise, responsible street-sharing among motorists, and reduction of carbon emissions.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to help Memphis become a premier southern city, rich in bicycle and pedestrian activity,” said Mr. Wagenschutz. “I look forward to connecting recent infrastructure projects, such as Mayor Wharton’s 55 miles of bicycle lanes and the Shelby Farms Greenline, with a long-term strategy for more and better bicycle and pedestrian facilities that will benefit the health, economic livelihood, and sustainability of all Memphis communities.”