Today was rather remarkable here at Biking in Memphis. Â Not only did we (read: I) shatter our (read: my) previous record for most number of visitors, but for the first time ever, I broke the 100-visitor mark. Â In fact (accounting for some weirdness in how/when Google records visitors), today this blog crested 120 unique readers. Â Truly remarkable, given that only a few months ago, I was barely in the low teens. Â Of course, that was before I started publicizing my blog on my facebook profile, and before I became friends on facebook with many luminaries in the local biking scene. Â But regardless, I’m happy for the traffic.
What makes me most happy about the increased page-views is raising awareness of what it means to be a bike commuter in Memphis. Â As I said in my “About” page, that’s the primary goal of this blog. Â But of course, it’s difficult to separate being a bike commuter in Memphis from all of the controversy surrounding the extension of bicycle facilities throughout Memphis.
I understand that Mayor Wharton will soon make a decision about whether or not to install bike lanes on Madison Avenue. Â Obviously, I very much hope that he decides to do so. Â While I respect the concerns of the businesses on Madison who are opposed to the bike lanes, it does appear that their concerns are unfounded. Â For example, some have argued that installing bike lanes on Madison Avenue will result in a “bottle-neck” of traffic on that road. Â Given that the road is currently operating at around 1/3 of capacity and that, even with bike lanes, the road will still be at less than 50% of capacity, that seems unlikely. Â Plus, installing bike lanes on Madison will result in no loss of parking. Not one space.
If you’d like to read more about this, please click here or here. Â I do ask that you maintain the highest level of respect, without compromising your passion about promoting sustainable transportation in Memphis, when approaching this issue.
And as always, thanks for reading.