Tagged: suburban biking

A Smattering of Bits of Interest

  • 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.  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.  Kyle Wagenschutz and other folks from the Memphis MPO will be soliciting input from the public about what sort of facilities we want.  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.  I haven’t had a chance to fully read it, but I like what I see so far.

Way to go, Farragut (I hope)

As a former resident of Knoxville – I grew up there and went to the Farragut school system from Kindergarten through high school – I’m very pleased to hear that the elected officials in my old stomping grounds are considering taking a step toward making the town more bike friendly.  The suburbs west of Knoxville are not terribly open to cyclists, at least as I recall: miles and miles of suburban sprawl with little in the way of meaningful urban planning.  But at least Farragut can make this step toward encouraging cycling.  Let’s hope it passes.