Bicycle Network

Goal: 273 lane-miles by the end of 2016.

  • What is this?

    An interconnected collection of paths, lanes, trails, bike racks and other bicycle parking.

  • Why does it matter?

    A strong bicycle network provides Memphians with more options for affordably connecting with jobs, stores, and community.

  • Who is responsible?

    City of Memphis Engineering division + City of Memphis Public Works division + Shelby County Office of Planning Development.

  • How do we measure performance?

    We are beginning with the simplest possible measure: lane-miles of infrastructure. More to come.

What is the state of Memphis's bicycle network?

Past Existing Projected
Total Miles
Shared-Use Paths
Cycle Tracks
Bike Lanes
Shared Lanes

Memphis's bicycle network is one of the fastest growing bicycle networks in the nation. After doubling in lane-miles from 2010 to 2013, the network is set to double again by 2016. This growth includes a mixed array of paths, cycle tracks, bicycle lanes, andspecially-marked shared roadway, as well as bicycle racks. Lane miles is our primary measure of progress as we work to build a bicycle network that serves the city.

Who uses Memphis's bicycle facilities?

Building the infrastructure is one thing; ensuring that it serves a diverse array of Memphians is another. Data on recreational bicycling is hard to come by, so we use commuting data from the U.S. Census Bureau to assess the use of our bicycle network. We get this data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which demonstrates that as of 2013 (the latest figures), Memphis was within six percentage points of achieving a commuter ridership that reflects the racial balance of the city's residents.

Gender-wise, Memphis ridership is out of balance, reflecting U.S. ridership as a whole. In 2013, three times as many men commuted to work by bicycle as women in Memphis. While our number of male bicycle commuters has risen sharply in recent years, the number of female bicycle commuters has remained flat or slightly declined.

Top Ten Bicycle Commuting Neighborhoods Bicycle Commuting % Median Household Income
Klondike 4.4 $ 16,319
Mitchell Heights 3.8 $ 18,346
Highland Heights 2.9 $ 20,765
Ridgehigh / Beltline / Chickasaw Gardens 2.9 $ 57,353
Binghampton 2.7 $ 21,813
Messick-Buntyn 2.5 $ 28,595
Main Street 2.3 $ 51,198
Harbortown 2.1 $ 64,359
Cooper-Young 2.0 $ 47,554
Tucker-Jefferson 1.8 $ 28,253
All of Memphis (city) (ACS 2013 data) 0.4 $ 36,912

The bicycle network is used by commuters from a wide range of neighborhoods, as well. Neighborhoods from the full economic spectrum are represented in our top ten bicycle commuting neighborhoods. The highest proportion of commuter bicycle use takes place within the historic 1929 boundaries of the city. (Are you a map lover? You can explore the data yourself using the commuting edition of the US Census's Explorer tool).

How is the city working to improve its bicycle facilities?

Each year, the City of Memphis Division of Public Works coordinates with the Engineering Division to include striping for bicycle lanes in its scheduled repaving projects. The coordination allows the city to take advantage of already funded projects to establish new bicycle facilities without placing additional demands on the city's budget.

In addition, we are working to bring three key projects online by the end of 2016:

  • The Hampline: A separated bicycle path running along Broad Avenue and Tillman Street connecting Overton Park with the Shelby Farms Greenline. This project will connect Binghampton residents with the cultural, recreational, and retail services and amenities available to them just a short bike ride away.
  • Wolf River Greenway Phase 4: A bicycle and walking pathway being constructed along the levee top between North McLean Blvd and Hollywood Street in north Memphis. This trail will be the first of its kind in North Memphis neighborhoods and will offer quiet views of the Wolf River floodplain. After completion, new projects along McLean and Hollywood will continue to connect this trail with other Memphis neighborhoods like Frayser and Binghampton.
  • Harahan Bridge: A bridge rehabilitation project that will allow bicycle and pedestrian access over the Mississippi River connecting downtown Memphis to West Memphis, AR. As a tourism draw, this bridge has the ability to bring in outside bicycle riders to visit Memphis at one of the safest crossing locations in the US. As a local connection, workers on either side of the river will have safe access to reach their workplace and homes.

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