Memphis is a member of the League of American Bicyclists and is one of their Bronze Award recipients for Bicycle Friendly Community. With its numerous bike shops and bicycle clubs in and around the city, and a multitude of bike trails and dedicated bike lanes, Memphis is now known as a premier destination for cyclists.
Overton Park has a 2.5-mile paved trail that is ideal for biking in the Midtown area. Some other great bike trails in our area include the Shelby Farms Greenline, Greater Memphis Greenline, The Hampline, The Riverside Lanes, and the newest addition, Big River Crossing.
Biking safety is of the utmost importance; keep a few safety tips in mind on the busy streets of Memphis. Number one: always wear a properly fitting helmet; obey all traffic laws including traffic signals and stop signs. Go with the flow of traffic while staying in the right hand lane; ride in a straight line do not swerve between moving or parked car; signal when turning; check behind you when turning or changing lanes; make you and your bike visible by wearing bright colors and having lights on your bike; make sure your bike is in the proper working condition; and watch out for train tracks and road hazards (you wouldn’t want to hit a pothole and pop a tire!). To report dirty bike lanes to the city call 311. And remember to lock your bike when not in use.
Memphis has a lot to offer cyclists. Go to memphiscyclist.com for links to many other area cycling sites.
Happy trails and safe biking!