I’ve been a bit delinquent in posting my thoughts on the meeting two weeks ago about proposed bike lanes (or other bike facilities) on Madison Avenue and other roads around town. Â I have been extraordinarily busy lately and haven’t had much time for long-form posts. Â Plus, some of the opinions expressed in the meeting were quite shocking in their tenor such that I really wanted some time to process the events and write something thoughtful about it.
- Local biking guru Anthony Siracusa has a great article in today’s Commercial Appeal about the status of community cycling efforts in Memphis.
- Several articles have appeared lately about the walking and biking lanes that are to be installed on the Harahan Bridge (which I’ve just discovered has its own Facebook page – who knew?) in the near future. Â I am so excited about being able to bike to Arkansas – and eventually to New Orleans – I can hardly stand it.
- There’s a meeting Wednesday, 2 March at 5:30 PM at the Church Health Center on Union Avenue about the plans for pedestrian and biking infrastructure in the area. Â Kyle Wagenschutz and other folks from the Memphis MPO will be soliciting input from the public about what sort of facilities we want. Â I’ll be there and I hope you will be too.
- I’m way behind in posting about the controversy surrounding the installation of bike lanes on Madison Avenue through Midtown, but here’s a great letter to the editors of the CA on just that topic.
- Here’s a great article from the U.S. Department of Transportation on the benefits of bicycle infrastructure. Â I haven’t had a chance to fully read it, but I like what I see so far.
I’ve been writing this blog for almost two months now. Â For the first month at least, I was very reluctant to publicize this blog, for a few reasons.
- I am notoriously bad at self-promotion. Â Something in my nature greatly resists running around and trumpeting my latest endeavor. Â Why? Â Who knows.
- I really wanted people to discover my blog “organically,” which means via internet searches and so on. Â And for a while, that worked OK. Â But the payoff was pretty low.
- Let’s face it; announcing to one’s friends and acquaintances that “hey, I’ve started a blog!” is kind of like being excited about joining MySpace. Â It’s just a little dated. Â But given my lack of interest in signing up for a Twitter account on top of this blog, here I am.
That said, welcome to my new readers. Â To give you all an idea of what a brief mention of my blog in the comment section of a post I made on my facebook page meant, have a look at this graph.
Guess which I day I chose to publicize my blog. Â Go on … take a minute. Â Give up?
Whatever the case, I appreciate all my new readers. Â I try to post about every 2-3 days, depending on what’s happened in my life as a bike commuter in Memphis. Â I realize that there is only so much interest in posts titled “Today’s commute,” so I try to intersperse those posts with other posts concerning the larger picture of what it means to bike in Memphis.
And aside from my commute today, which was rather uneventful, except for some unwelcome rain showers this morning, that’s the point of this post.
I haven’t had a chance to write about a meeting I attended last week at the Snowden School. Â The meeting was about the proposed bike lanes in Midtown, including routes on McLean and Madison. Â But it was the lanes on Madison that provoked the most controversy.
After all, what better way is there to show our support for bike lanes in Midtown than to support the very businesses that might be affected by the lanes? Â While I believe the net affect will be positive, I understand that these businesses are concerned about their bottom lines. Â So let’s show them that bike lanes need not mean a decline in revenues.
I hope you will join me in this effort. Thanks again for reading.
Hi everyone. Â If you have a moment today, please have a look at this email the good people at Livable Memphis just circulated. Â It’s about proposed bike lanes on Madison, from Cooper St. to Cleveland Ave. Â If the lanes are created as the email describes, they will be a crucial biking link from the heart of Midtown to the Medical District. Â Madison Avenue is not the least bike friendly street in Memphis, but when these new bike lanes, it will be one of the most.
Please take a moment, read the email, and take action.