Proposed Bike Lane Draft Information

Last week, the Cooper-Young Community Association received a draft of the plans by the City of Memphis for the striping of Cooper Street, which includes changes such as taking Cooper Street to one lane in each direction and the addition of a bicycle lane.  These plans were shared with the community at the July General Meeting and we wanted to make sure we gave all residents an opportunity to review and provide feedback.

Based upon the current version of the City of Memphis plans, here are some of the differences between Cooper Street today and the proposed Cooper Street after repaving:

  • Bikes lanes will run from Southern Avenue to Central Avenue.  There will be areas where bike lanes are not possible due to the width of the road (such as at the Cooper and Young intersection) but those areas will be shared road areas and have signage accordingly.
  • The “No Parking” signs on the western side of Cooper Street at Nelson and Evelyn Avenues will be moved closer to the respective intersection.  Currently, the signs are approximately 100 feet from the curb cut.  The proposed plans show that these signs will be moved more towards the intersection and be approximately 50 feet from the curb cut.
  • There will be a turn lane that runs from the Young Avenue to Central Avenue.  It will have breaks at road intersections (Oliver, Nelson, Evelyn, etc)
  • A taxi stand will be installed on Cooper, near the House of Mews.  This will be installed by the City of Memphis and include signage.  We have emailed the City of Memphis for more specifics, such as where taxis in waiting will be located, if they will double-park and so forth.  When we find out more information, we will update accordingly.

For the full drafts of the designs, please click here.

If you have any feedback, please leave it as a comment below, email us at or leave a comment on our Facebook page.  We appreciate any feedback you may have.


Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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