Bikes parked at bike friendly Bosco's
The City has plans to add bike lanes, and reduce the motorized vehicle traffic lane on Madison Avenue between Cleveland and Cooper Streets. The new striping should be done when the section is repaved in the fairly near future. Unfortunately, some of the more influential businesses along this stretch of Madison are against bike lanes and the restricted flow of motorized traffic (one lane in each direction, plus a turn lane). While groups like Livable Memphis, through Walk Bike Memphis, have raised a voice and demonstrated for the bike lanes, the influential few seem to have put the project on the back burner.
What can you do?
If you would like to see the bike lanes, let the Mayor Know – email him [email protected] or comment on his Facebook Page. Also contact your City Council Person. If citizens don’t support progressive alternative transportation, neither will their representatives. The Green Lines are nice, but wouldn’t it also be nice to bike to a park, store, or restaurant in your neighborhood without fear of being run over by a car?
Support these Bike Friendly Businesses along Madison*
Bosco’s (2120 Madison)
Fino’s from the Hill (1853 Madison)
Fuel Cafe (1761 Madison) Continue reading
A good sign of a bike-friendly event
A Google search on “Facelift Memphis” results in a local plastic surgeon in first organic position; so it seems fitting that an organization called Facelift Memphis, in conjunction with Livable Memphis and the Historic Broad Business Association would put on the very unique A New Face for and Old Broad event, Friday and Saturday, November 19 & 20.
[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”From the event brochure”]The ingredients of this unique two-day event – a first of its kind for Memphis – included months of grassroots planning and hard work by scores of volunteers who envisioned a rejuvenated Broad Avenue Arts District where people can shop, work, play and live the way neighborhoods were meant to be.[/stextbox]
The event was the first in a series called “Facelift Memphis: Reinventing Memphis — Block by Block,” coordinated by Historic Broad Business Association and Livable Memphis. It was a great way to show off Broad Ave. between Hollywood and Collins, with its protected bike lanes, diagonal parking on the business side, and nearly all the store fronts without current tenants put to use as temporary galleries, studios and shops. It really gave the public and potential tenants a good idea of what the stretch that Fredric Koeppel describes as “half-derelict for decades”, could be – a viable arts district. Live music, food and beer enhanced the festive atmosphere.
Talk about great potential! Memphis need more of this type of project and this ATTITUDE. It was kind of perplexing that there was not a single link on the brochure, but to find out about future Reinventing Memphis projects and events, I would suggest LIVABLEMEMPHIS.ORG , the Live Where You Live folks.
- Anthony Siracusa: Broad Avnue facelift puts possibilities into reality (commercialappeal.com)
- Businesses on Broad Avenue plan a little experiment in grassroots urban planning (commercialappeal.com)
- Because I Said So: Dream of building a better block is at hand (commercialappeal.com)