Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Abandoned Bike

I thought that this was just one of those quintessential Southern scenes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Starry Nights 2011

Starry Nights, the annual holiday light display in Shelby Farms Park opened last night. At least, I'm assuming it opened. I didn't go because of the rain. Every Monday is run, walk, or bike night; no cars allowed. Last year was a nice display and I'm looking forward to a nice cold ride through the park this year. Get ticket prices and more info here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Abandoned Bike

This would make a really great Tweed Ride bike, if someone were so inclined.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Smart City Memphis Rides the Bike Lanes

Smart City Memphis has posted some in depth, informative articles on bicycle infrastructure. Go here and read them, leave a comment if you feel so inclined. You definitely won't have to wade through any "cyclists should register their bikes" or "stay on the sidewalks" type of comments you see on The Commercial Appeal and Memphis Flyer websites.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bike Walk Tennessee

Bike Walk Tennessee, a statewide organization of bicycle and pedestrian advocates held its annual board meeting in Memphis this past weekend. While the meeting was not open to the public there was a meet & greet session which I attended and which was rather informative. You might think that we have enough issues to deal with in Memphis so why should we care about the rest of the state? Think of it like the wheel of a bicycle: you and I are the rim; we're touching the ground, seeing everything that is happening and translating our desires to those who have taken it upon themselves to head up local organizations like Outdoor Chattanooga and Livable Memphis, or the spokes. They then pool their efforts at the hub, or Bike Walk Tennessee, to get bills introduced into laws that say we don't have to sit around at red lights waiting for them to change if there are no cars coming. Or the new "Due Care Law" which jumps the penalty of hitting a cyclist from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor, or $50 to $500, and up to a year in jail for killing a cyclist. The author of that bill? Memphis's own Mark Hicks:

The new law took effect on July 1st of 2011, so the guy from this video who was so worried about his truck will see a stiffer penalty.

After the meet & greet we took a ride to show some off some of the Memphis facilities: the crossing light at the Greenline and Highland, our rebel bike lanes on Broad, our real bike lanes on North Parkway, the Harahan Bridge (and a quick beer at Martyr's Park) and the repaved Madison Avenue to finish up with more beer at Bosco's where Dr. Spaceman sat next to us. Here's our route, it stops at Martyr's because my phone battery was like weahhhh:

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Do you remember all of those surveys you took and meetings you attended earlier this summer? Well, the MPO has posted the updated bike/ped plan for public review at Take a few minutes and check it out.