The local effort is part of a national, three-year community development initiative established by the nonprofit, People For Bikes. From a field of 100 applicants, Memphis is one of 10 cities that will receive targeted investment to its neighborhood of choice – South Memphis – to improve walking, bicycling and traffic calming.
“Anything we can do as a city to make it easier and safer to walk and bike isn’t just a recreation benefit, it’s improving quality of life,” said Nicholas Oyler, manager of the Bikeway and Pedestrian Program for the City of Memphis. “That’s really why we went with South Memphis. We know that about one-third of households in South Memphis do not have access to a car.”