Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan enters Phase 2

By Kyle Wagenschutz

It seems that bicycle and pedestrian issues are on everyone’s mind these days. Hardly a day goes by without a newspaper article, editorial, or TV spot related to the vast improvements we have seen in the Memphis bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure over the last 12 months.

I’d like to thank everyone who completed the Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey in November and December. We had an outstanding response with over 2,100 different perspectives that we can use to help guide the update of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. Completing the survey brings us to the end of Phase 1 of the update process where we identified existing conditions.

We are now gearing up for Phase 2: recommended improvements. During this process we will be getting public input on the most important part of the plan – describing what our region wants to accomplish in terms of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and support programs.

The Memphis MPO will hold three public meetings over the next quarter to help us gain your perspective on how the plan should be updated. Each of the meetings will be held at the Church Health Center Wellness Center, at 1115 Union Avenue, in Conference Rooms A and B. The first meeting took place on January 19. At this meeting we introduced Phase 2 of the process and discussed multi-use paths, such as greenways and greenlines. The times and topics of the other 2 meetings are as follows:

February 9 – Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities – 5:30-7:30pm
March 2 – Review and Revise Phase 2 Findings – 5:30-7:30pm

Please make sure to mark these dates on your calendar and plan to attend. We need to hear from you about how we can advance our efforts in formulating a regional bicycle and pedestrian network.

Kyle Wagenschutz is the Memphis MPO Bikeway/Pedestrian Coordinator. You may contact him at kyle.wagenschutz@shelbycountytn.gov.

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