Nice Article on the front page of the Commercial Appeal.
Make sure to read the comments.
Yes.... I was in Memphis a couple of weeks ago and My brother who lives there showed me some of his bike routes. I'm surprised he's still alive. Besides living in Old Town by the zoo which happens to be right next to one of the high crime areas, the roads really suc there. He could use info on group rides or other safer places to ride. Any ideas? He has only been in Memphis for about a year.
Hey thanks.... I'll forward the info.
I think an absence of bike lanes is the rule rather than the exception in Tennessee. In Knoxville there's no bike lanes to speak of, and a very limited number of short greenway sections.
I live in midtown Memphis. I won't ride my "good" bike, because in my neighborhood I am just as likely to get a gun stuck in my face by a crackhead than I am hit by a car. I used to ride outside the city, on the trails with my Trek, but I got tired of having to put my bike in the car and drive for 30 minutes to ride for an hour. Plus, the trails just weren't that good anyway. For the longest time I simply forgot about riding in the city, and only rode when I was out of town. Last month I searched for a local club and found the Hightailers. I haven't joined yet but I did participate in the Greenway ride last Sunday. Looking forward to some of their organized weekely rides.
Ok so I ride in south east memphis and have a question Anybody know a way across the south leg of 240 from the airport east that isnt going to get me killed. I want to start to ride to work but the jobs on mendenhal and I have to cross the loop to get there. All I can find is perkins,mendenhal and getwell and they all are just a bit more than I want to deal with
I recently moved to Olive Branch, MS and drive all the way out to Bartlett to ride with the group at RB's on Tuesday's and Saturdays. On Thursdays, I ride with the group out of the BPAC (Bartlett Performing Arts Center). Saturday, we had 43 riders on a 65 mile route. Nice easy pace, a little over 17 mph, and the group waits on everybody..flat tires, mechanical problems, or slower riders. What a change!
The Thursday ride out of BPAC is basically a "find your speed group" ride. Bunch of people start out together. After about 5 to 10 miles, the group spreads out to varying speed groups.
The Tuesday night ride has been an all out, hammer night. Very well marked for the folks that get dropped...speaking from experience!
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Anyway. Memphis is now the #2 city for violent crimes according to the FBI, maybe we can do better next year. When did win in property crimes, coming in #1. I wonder what our prize will be?
I've been commuting for the last couple of weeks, and the drivers seem pretty nice (as nice as drivers can be I guess). I try to stay out of their way as much as possible, if not out of courtesy then for my own safety. Almost got hit by a damn MATA bus the other day - stupid so and so ran a red light. Anyway, I have to take an indirect route - I work over by the library just off Poplar. No way I'm riding down that deadly street.
What's the RB ride on Saturday? I was going to head over to the Super Lo tomorrow morning. 65 might be a little much for me yet. I can manage the 17 mph for some distance but probably not the full 65. I really haven't ridden much in the last 4 years so it will take a bit for me to catch up.