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.
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.
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|
|Mitchell Heights||3.8||$ 18,346|
|Highland Heights||2.9||$ 20,765|
|Ridgehigh / Beltline / Chickasaw Gardens||2.9||$ 57,353|
|Main Street||2.3||$ 51,198|
|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).
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: