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    A bike-friendly Riverside Drive in Memphis

    Memphis, TN, where I live, has made some major improvements to biking and pedestrian infrastructure over the past few years. Here are some nice shots of the newly reconfigured Riverside Drive: 11 photos from Memphis? inspiring new car-free corridor along the Mississippi | PeopleForBikes. It used to be a four-lane divided roadway. What they've done is put two lanes of motorized traffic on one side of the divide and turned the other side into a non-motorized roadway. Very nice. My spouse and I have considered a move to the South Main area of town, and this change in Riverside Drive would make for a very pleasant commute route for me.

    We've also got some nice changes coming to Overton Park in Mid-town, which is part of my current commute: Entrances and Access | Overton Park. This is the park I cut through to get to campus. They're improving the entrance I use, which means I'll be able to skip a 100-yard ride along a *very* busy six-lane road. The exit I use is also getting an upgrade in the from of a crosswalk between the park and the campus.

    Things are looking up in Memphis!

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    Wow. Cutting a street in half to allow for bike and pedestrian traffic. That's great !
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    HAHAHAHA! Safe direct and STRESS FREE bicycling AND PEDESTRIAN route! I laugh in derision! I predict that there will be stress a-plenty, as cyclists deal with pedestrians who ignore the rules, and pedestrians deal with cyclists who ignore the rules, and largely ignore the concept of pedestrian traffic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
    HAHAHAHA! Safe direct and STRESS FREE bicycling AND PEDESTRIAN route! I laugh in derision! I predict that there will be stress a-plenty, as cyclists deal with pedestrians who ignore the rules, and pedestrians deal with cyclists who ignore the rules, and largely ignore the concept of pedestrian traffic...
    I'm sure there will be rule breakers, but they have separated bike and pedestrian traffic into different lanes. With any luck that will help reduce bike/ped conflicts.

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    Have you seen the comments from the general public on the new Riverside Drive? It's very much unpopular with a LOT of people, despite those of us who think it's nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Have you seen the comments from the general public on the new Riverside Drive? It's very much unpopular with a LOT of people, despite those of us who think it's nice.
    I can see their point. It's nice, don't get me wrong, but practically speaking it didn't accomplish much more than was already in place. The park on the riverfront at that stretch was already wide, with a nice path along its length. The changes on the street made an excellent situation even better (for us cyclists and river-barge watchers) but probably serves to further congest what was already a busy street. I like it, but am not surprised it upsets some folks.
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    I think it was done more so to show people exactly what such a setup looks like, with minimal construction work required, rather than just keep showing people a bunch of renderings, etc. They wanted people to see it in real life. Similar designs are being planned elsewhere, and Riverside is like a "demonstration" of the design.
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