Bike enthusiasts were protesting the end of the Great Streets Pilot Project.
"Tonight we're mourning a death because this project is being ripped out before we got a change to tweak it and learn from it and make it better," Revolutions Bicycle Coop Executive Director Sylvia Crum said.
Last year, the city transformed a stretch of Peabody Place.
An artist painted the street bright colors, tables and landscaping were installed to make it pedestrian friendly, and bike lanes were added.
But city leaders said last week, the project wasn't successful, so the street will return to the way it was before the experiment.
Crum disputes that, saying a city engineer shared data from Memphis Police Department that showed in the initial months of the project it was successful.
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