I’m happy to report that the City of Memphis is sponsoring three meetings about the proposed bike lanes on Madison Avenue. Â The first meeting is Wednesday, 29 June, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Â The remaining two meetings are on subsequent Wednesdays, 6 and 13 July. Â The topics discussed at the meetings will be different, so plan to attend all three. Â All meetings are at Minglewood Hall. Â You can sign up for the meetings on Facebook here, here, and here.
Given how badly the first round of discussions about these bike lanes began, I’m hopeful that all interested parties – cyclists, current and future, business owners on Madison, residents, and drivers – can make sincere efforts to wipe clean the slate and start over.
There is reason to believe that this is possible. Â In this article from the CA, Wight Boggs, the owner of Huey’s on Madison, indicates that she would support bike lanes on Madison if they are part of an overall renovation of the street and its environs. Â I wholeheartedly support this position, and not just because it might make the bike lanes slightly more likely to happen. Â The stretch of Madison Avenue in Midtown is dominated by restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Â The street itself, though, as well as the sidewalks, is in need of some sprucing up. Â I think we could significantly increase foot (and bike) traffic on Madison if the street we just a little more pleasing to look at. Â I’m really glad to hear of a Madison Avenue business owner (and prominent Memphian) support making bike lanes part of Madison’s future.
Also, Cort over at Fix Memphis posts this picture of the menu at Huey’s. Â I don’t know how I never noticed this before, but you can clearly see a caricature of Ms. Boggs riding a penny farthing. Â Is this an omen of good things to come? Â Let’s hope so.