BIKE OVERNIGHT ON THE CHICKASAW BLUFF DIGITAL TRAILS BIKE TOURS OF MEMPHIS THE UNWITTING ADVOCATES 911 TRAIL SIGNS
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BIKE OVERNIGHT ON THE CHICKASAW BLUFF

Join us on Saturday, June 25th for a 35 mile ride from Memphis to the Second Chickasaw Bluff at the historic town of Randolph, TN. We will return to Memphis on Sunday the 26th. With the option to camp inside or out, even the novice bike rider will have a great time. This bike overnight […]

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DIGITAL TRAILS

Overton Park Conservancy (OPC) has recently begun replacing the trail markers along the Old Forest Loop. The 32 sites will increase to 35 and wooden posts will be replaced by recycled plastic lumber posts bearing Overton Park Conservancy’s logo. Many of the old posts were missing or the tree at the marker had long since […]

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BIKE TOURS OF MEMPHIS

SEE THE CITY BY BIKE You may have looked at the cover shot from THE UNWITTING ADVOCATES and thought, “Wow, that’s a bunch of white dudes!” And yes, being the second white dude from the left I can factually say that we are a bunch of white dudes. The picture is from my friend’s birthday […]

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THE UNWITTING ADVOCATES

WHERE DO YOU FIT? Over one million Americans ride a bicycle at least once a year. A new study by Portland State University planning scholars Jennifer Dill and Nathan McNeil places these bicyclists into four categories based on their self-perceived comfort level. The categories are “Strong and Fearless”, “Enthused and Confident”, “Interested but Concerned”, and […]

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911 TRAIL SIGNS

What would happen if you were riding on one of our beautiful greenlines or greenways and you had an accident? You or someone near you would call 911. How would you tell the operator where to find you? The beauty of the greenways is their seclusion from traffic, but that also poses some safety concerns. […]

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PARKING PASS

WHERE YOU CAN PUT THAT As cyclists and pedestrians we often have the opposite of a windshield world view: we condemn our city planners for building for cars instead of people. We think roads are too wide, distances are too great, and access is considered only for those driving. In fact, when we take subsidies […]

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BEFORE & AFTER: BIKE LANES AND GREENWAYS

AGENTS OF CHANGE C.A.V.E. Men walk among us: Citizens Against Virtually Everything. In my world they are the opponents to bike lanes and greenways who think that city and state funds would be wisely spent dealing with other issues, mostly crime. We seem like liberal hippies spewing bike lanes and connectivity and equitable modeshare and […]

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KENNEDY PARK TRAIL

FOLLOW THE WOOD PLANK ROAD Kennedy Park is getting a lot of press lately with the groundbreaking of the Wolf River Greenway – a 1.5 mile section of the paved trail is being constructed that will be a part of the 36 mile line. But did you know that there is a 2.5 mile natural […]

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HERNANDO POINT

JUST SAY OKAY When family friends invite you camping and say they have a tent and an air mattress and a play tent for the kids there’s only one thing you can say: “Quit twisting my arm!” This was the first time we had taken our 1 year old camping and because of the help […]

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BAYOU A BICYCLE

RIDE LIKE A KID Kids don’t care about what their hair looks like, or how sweaty they get or how they smell as a result. They also don’t care about distance, at least not the way adults do. When I was growing up in West Memphis my bicycle ride to school was like 5 miles […]

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RIDING UP FRONT

THE COMFORT ZONE At this point we’re past the derisive, “Why don’t you go ride your bicycle at x place instead of on the street?” At least I wish we are. I think that as a society, even in Memphis, we have come to accept the bicycle as a form of transportation. But as we […]

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KIRBY ACCESS

THERE’S NO ESCAPE It’s a fact of Memphis life that you will do some kind of business in the Poplar Corridor at least once a week. It’s not without its competition (looking at you Summer Avenue) but it is the de facto business district of Memphis. Perhaps city geography and 1970’s traffic flow culture can […]

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THE EAST ARTERY

ALL GREENLINES LEAD TO SHELBY FARMS In addition to the myriad improvements that Shelby Farms Park is currently engaged with in their Heart of the Park campaign they have tacked on an extension to the Shelby Farms Greenline that will give easier access to neighborhoods to the east of the Park. What was originally slotted […]

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BIKE SHARING

EXPLORE FAVORITE PLACES Explore Bike Share is a privately funded endeavor to gauge the desire for a bike share system in Memphis and determine how that system will be used by residents. The foundation of the campaign is the feasibility study conducted by Alta Planning in 2012. A lot can change in 3 years – […]

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BIKE FORAGE

THERE IS A SEASON Over the past several years many of us have made the decision to eat healthier. It can be as basic as adding more vegetables and cutting out sodas. Or it could be full-on organic, non-GMO, local vegan. I’m somewhere near that side of the scale – I get my meat from […]