Memphis, TN, has installed 35 miles of better bike lanes in the last two years and is planning two significant protected bike lane projects. The Broad-Overton project will connect a popular rail-trail with the city’s central park and help to revitalize businesses on the corridor in between. The leadership of mayor A.C. Wharton catalyzed this dramatic turnaround after Memphis was named one of the worst cities for riding by Bicycling Magazine in 2008. In 2013, Mayor Wharton announced a Complete Streets Policy and a new commitment for contructing 15 miles of protected bike lanes in the next two years.
Overton Park Ave.
In 2013, the city of Memphis built a 0.34 mile protected bike lane on Overton Park Ave. There is one lane on each side of the road and they are protected by flexible delineators. The lane uses a mixing zone and a shared right turn/bike lane as well as green paint.
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