I just want to say thanks to everyone who helped make Bike-to-Campus Day a success. Â Ty and Cort – thanks for helping me publicize the event. Â Thanks to all the Memphis bike shops who displayed posters: Victory Bicycle Studio, the Peddler Bike Shop, Outdoors Inc., and Midtown Bike Company. Â And a special thanks to the Peddler for donating the water bottles. Â They were a big hit.
And a huge thanks to everyone who rode today. Â I really appreciate everyone’s support. Â As soon as I get some pictures, I’ll post them. Â Cheers.
I had a proper biking adventure over the past few days. Â The goal: to deliver posters to the four bike shops in in-town Memphis to spread the word about Bike-to-Campus Day, which is next week. Â Here’s what happened.
On Saturday I biked from home to campus to pick up the posters. Â I then biked to the Peddler on Highland to deliver my first set of posters. Â There I ran into Cort and we chatted for a minute before I headed off to my next destination: Outdoors Incorporated on Union.
I caught a lucky light at Belvedere and Union and was able to (hurriedly) bike east on Union for half a block before I turned into the parking lot. Â I dropped off another set of posters before heading off again to my next (and final) destination of the day: Otherlands Coffee Bar on Cooper.
There I dropped off my last two sets of posters for the day. Â I had hoped to make it downtown to Midtown Bike Company and to Victory Bicycle Studio in my neighborhood that day, but I ran out of time.
I took care of the first of those two errands this morning. Â Around 9:30 this morning I headed east on Southern toward downtown, arriving at Midtown Bikes around 10:00 AM. Â I left two posters with Daniel, the owner, and then biked to campus for a day at the office. Â I was going to leave two posters at Victory this afternoon but forgot that they are closed on Monday. Â Boo, my memory. Â I’ll hit them up on Wednesday.
Here’s the map of combined rides on Saturday and today.
Pretty hot, huh? Â And here’s a clickable link to the same.
Altogether I logged 28.3 miles on my bike in just over two hours. Â Traffic was generally very manageable and I had only one close call. Â Yes, cars should yield the right-of-way to bikes when leaving a stop sign. Â Otherwise, skidding might happen. Â Just sayin’.
Anyway, thanks for reading. Â I hope to see you all at Bike-to-Campus day. Â Here’s a poster for the event. Â Cheers.
People. Â I have good news (and bad) for the Memphis biking community: the Shelby Farms Greenline will be receiving $3.3 million to be extended east to Cordova. Â This is awesome. Â I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to Cordova in the five years I’ve lived in Memphis. Â With this new cycling path, perhaps my visits out east will become more frequent.
But here’s the bad news: $1.1 million for a bike-lane project on Broad Avenue was declined. Â I don’t know what this means for extending the Greenline west to Midtown – whether or not other sources of funds for this project have been identified – but it’s a drag to have this initiative not receive funding.
Have you registered for the Bluff City Blues 100? Â I haven’t, but only because I’ll be out of town that day. Â Get on that ride and support a good cause.
I’m not so crazy about e-bikes – I like an unassisted ride – but if I were to buy one, this might just be the one.
I promise I’ve been a good boy this year. Â I ate all my vegetables and made my bed every day. Â Now just bring me some MonkeyLectric Lights and there won’t be any problems, fat man. Capiche? Â Because I’ve got a u-lock with your name on it otherwise.
A bicycle mecca? Â Yes, please. Â Also, I did not realize that Anthony Siracusa rode across the entire freakin’ US of A when he was only 16. Â FTW, Anthony.
Don’t forget that funding for cycling projects is never guaranteed. Â It’s a shame that we have to fight for these dollars. Â Don’t hesitate to contact your local Congressional representative.
Drivers, be nice out there.
So, what is the difference between cyclists and drivers? Â At least in my state we have equal rights to the roads? Â Is there any reason to classify us differently? Â I think not.
Big thanks to Cort and Ty for helping me promote Bike to Campus Day. Â I hope to see you all there. Â Let’s all show that Memphis is a cycling-friendly and active town.