My people. Â As you’ve likely heard if you are on the facebooks or read the local papers, but Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove claimed today that bike lanes on Madison Avenue would beÂ Â “a disaster waiting to happen” and “irresponsible.”
What’s interesting is that Ms. Fullilove appears to be basing her claim on the concerns of one business owner, Selma Brinson of Brinson Tax Service, located at the corner of Madison and McLean. Â I don’t recall seeing Ms. Fullilove at any of the past meetings about bike lanes on Madison, so her late entry into this debate is, well, curious.
But whatever the case, here’s what we can do. Â First, contact Ms. Fullilove’s office and express your support for bike lanes on Madison. Â Feel free to mention all of the evidence that contradicts her claim, but please do so respectfully. Â We don’t want/need this dialogue to devolve into the comments section of the Commercial Appeal.
Also, don’t hesitate to contact Mayor Wharton’s office. Â In the most respectful manner you can muster, tell him how much bike lanes on Madison would mean to you. Â I already have, and will do so again.
While you’re at it, drop a line to Councilman Jim Strickland, whose jurisdiction includes Madison Avenue. Â I’m sure he’s caught an earful about bike lanes on Madison from those businesses who are opposed to them – let’s let him know that lots of Memphians support those lanes. Â Again, be nice.
Lastly, visit this website for more information on businesses on Madison that, gasp, support bike lanes on their street. Â Also, if you haven’t already, please sign this petition and leave a comment about why you want bike lanes on Madison. Â The original goal of the petition was to collect 250 signatures. Â As of this writing, 1,187 people have signed on. Â I did, and if I could do it twice, you know I would. Â (In the spirit of voting early and often, of course.)
People, we can do this. Â I feel like the momentum is on our side, thanks to the efforts of people too numerous to mention, and articles like this. Â (Major props to Les for that one.) Â The time for action is now. Â Let us all join together and raise our voices in support of bike lanes on Madison. Â We’ve waited too long and worked too hard for this opportunity to slip through our fingers.