In 2010, Bicycling magazine rated Memphis one of the worst cities in America for cycling. Two years later, it was rated one of the most improved. Just seven years from our low point, Memphis has made dramatic progress in becoming bike-friendly, and thanks to city planning and grassroots efforts, biking is now a realistic and enjoyable option for everything from work commutes to weekend adventures. Whether you’re a confident rider or just getting started, there are always new ways to get rolling.
Education and Support
Even with all these places to ride, getting back on the bike can be a challenge for many, but a number of local groups are working to make biking even more accessible and equitable. Revolutions Bike Co-Op not only sells rehabbed bikes and offers workshops to teach people how to rehab their own, but they also host rides and classes aimed specifically at adults wanting to get more comfortable with city biking, as well as a monthly Women’s Bike Chat. The aforementoined Memphis Hightailers boasts more than 20 league-certified cycling instructors, and they offer monthly classes. The Memphis chapter of Black Girls Do Bike seeks to support and grow the community of black women and girls who are passionate about cycling. If you’re interested in making biking part of your workday, Commute Options Memphis is a great guide.