Hi everyone. Â There’s a meeting this Saturday about the proposed connection between the Greenline and Overton Park via Broad St. Â I’ll be out of town and unable to attend. Â If you go, drop me an email and let me know how it goes. Â Thanks!
I’m giving a shout out to Cort from Fix Memphis for updating my recent post and posting an incredibly awesome picture of me to his blog. Â (Bonus points for flawlessly copying the Memphian of the Day entries from I Love Memphis.) Â It seems that the bike facilities planned for Tillman will be a separated bike path on the western side of the street, not unlike the Greenline. Â I believe that this will be the first such facility in Memphis to run alongside a major road, and I’m very excited about the possibility. Â I have no idea what is the next stage in the design or approval process, but I have my fingers crossed.
Sadly I was not able to bike to work today. Â I know, I know … I had a large box of books to carry to a teacher training session I led this morning, after which I quickly drove (groan) to school for lunch and then my afternoon class. Â I guess it’s a measure of how committed I am to bike commuting that the act of driving feels like a let down. Â Alas, until I buy a bike trailer, this is what I will occasionally have to do.
But I did manage to attend the open house tonight at West Memorials (perhaps the only combination tombstone showcase/art gallery/meeting space I’ve ever visited) about the Overton Park to Broad Street connecter. Â This connector will serve as a bridge between the western end of the Greenline and Overton Park, which will then feed into the proposed bike lanes on North Parkway. Â Very exciting to say the least.
Anyway, here’s a few pictures from the event.
This is the scene that greeted me on arrival. Â It’s always good to see so many bikes piled up outside.
Upon entering the gallery, I spotted this bike. Â Nice grip-tape, yo.
Here’s a somewhat blurry picture of the plans for connecting the Greenline to Overton Park. Â Apparently I need a better camera.
And here’s an equally blurry picture of what appears to be a master plan for connecting the Greenline to Overton Park.
And here’s a picture of Anthony vamping for Cort. Â Cort’s fiance Emily ducks as to not impede this wonderful moment of local cyclist silliness.
But seriously, biking in Memphis is on a roll. Â Apparently there are over 20 miles of bike lanes in the city, far more than the 2+ miles I bike almost every day on Southern (and far more than there were even one year ago). Â Perhaps I’ll take some time in the next few weeks to visit these new lanes.