First of all, as I indicated at the end of my next-to-last post, I had planned to participate in a bike polo match for the first time tonight, having been invited by local bike polo aficionado Brett Edmonds. Â As it happened, I decided to bow out, instead choosing to spend a day getting stuff done and hanging out with the wife. Â It was a day much needed and well spent. Â (Even “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was not as abysmal as I thought it would be.)
But beyond that, I have quite a few links and articles to share with you. Â So let’s get started.
First, here’s a great letter to the editors of the Commercial Appeal about the need for improvements to Madison Avenue. Â While the letter does not explicitly mention bike lanes, the fact that it was written by a Midtown business owner gives it additional credence. Â Let’s hope that the writer’s vision comes to fruition.
Did you ever think that Car and Driver magazine would endorse alternate transportation systems? Â Well, they have. Â And kudos to them for that.
Some really awesome (and adventurous) people are cycling across the U.S. in super-awesome velomobiles. Â While they won’t be stopping in Memphis, I am impressed with their efforts. Especially considering this book, which I finished a few weeks ago. Â I will likely complain many times about the state of roads in Memphis (Cooper Street just north of Central, in the far-right southbound lane; Linden Avenue heading into downtown … the list goes on), but I will do so with the understanding that many past cyclists had it far worse than I ever will.
This woman is awesome. Â I don’t know that I would have had the guts that she did.
It’s hard to believe that the Shelby Farms Greenline is less than one year old. Â Honestly, it feels like it’s been around for years, and I haven’t even biked it that many times. Â Whatever the case, there is a half-marathon scheduled for Sunday, 2 October to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its (official) opening, plus a day-long party on the Greenline the day before. Â I’ll be at the latter for sure, but probably not the former.
Cort over at Fix Memphis continues his heroic and awesome quest to chronicle every bike rack in the whole damn city. Â That’s a lot of pedaling.
My wife and I have no immediate plans to have kids, but if/when we do, I want a cargo bike like this lady has. Â How ridiculously awesome/adorable is that?
In other Cort news, here’s a great discussion on bike cargo transportation-solutions. Â Makes me want a bike trailer even more.
If the Harahan Bridge project should go through, here’s a snapshot of what it might mean for Memphis. Â Granted, the mid-south is not the mid-west, but drawing more tourists to the area can only be a good thing. Â Here’s more about the project.
I’m glad to see that slow biking is getting some attention. Â Granted, I had not heard of this idea before reading that article, but it’s good that some people are recognizing the benefits of biking, in terms of allowing (if not encouraging) us to slow down and take in our surroundings and communities.
The awesome people at Livable Memphis are sponsoring a discussion on Portland, Oregon and it’s livability. Â It’s scheduled for Tuesday, 16 August, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Benjamin Hooks LIbrary on Poplar. Â I don’t know if I will be there, but maybe you should be.
Biking to work keeps getting more awesome.
People, be careful out there.
OK, that’s all for now. Â I’m heading out of town on Wednesday so my biking (and blogging) this week will be somewhat limited. Â But I’ll be back soon. Â Thanks for reading.