Now, who is being demonized?
I was/am one who proposes boycotts as a way to register my dissatisfaction with business owners interests being put before the interest of the community as a whole.
Clearly, the Memphis Flyer is concerned with advertising dollars, or just protecting the personal friends of the staff from embarrassment.
I stand by my views on the bike lanes and the use of boycotts.
This issue is also about safety, noise pollution, and the overall quality of life on and around Madison. There are many more taxpaying, property owners in this area who want these changes. Many more homeowners than business owners. We are just as important as your friend Eric and his advertising dollars. Although, it's clear you disagree.
Why haven't you mentioned the city traffic counts and the 85% of cars traveling at 41+ mph? Or the cars clocked at speeds up to 75mph....in a 35 zone?
I did not represent myself as the voice for cyclist. I do ride my bike in the area, but my concerns are more for safety and changing my neighborhood into a destination again.
Your buddy Eric referenced all he and the other business owners have done for decades to make Madison what it is today. Hmmm, are we supposed to thank him? I personally feel it's the residents of Midtown that make Midtown and the businesses in Midtown desirable. Look at how hard CVS fought to get here. As well as many local and national chains that see the concentrated and diverse demographics of Midtown as our strength.
Maybe you could use your position to present ALL the facts, in a fair and unbiased way? I'm sure your buddy Eric would understand that you also have a job to do. Outside of holding his hand, telling him what a great guy he is, and praising all he has done for the rest of us in the neighborhood.
You are right Bruce. My bad. Be sure and vote FOR any businesses that are competing with the opposition to dedicated bike lanes on Madison.
Those businesses opposed would include; "Neil’s Bar & Grill, Minglewood Hall, Fantastic Sam’s, Ray White Photography, CashSaver (formerly Piggly Wiggly), Huey’s, Tangles Hair Studio, The Bar-B-Q Shop, Bogies Deli, Valenza Pasta, La Vogue Salon, Murphy’s, McElroy Insurance, Yosemite Sam’s, Ardent Studios, Bayou Bar & Grill, Le Chardonnay, Krosstown Cleaners, Sherwin Williams, La Nouvelle Salon, Kwik Check, Tandy Leather, and Revid Property Management".
Everyone should be sure and go to the "Best of Memphis" ballot and vote against the Madison business owners who oppose progress and safety.
This is an easy and excellent way to register your disapproval.
Again, I would like to know where these business owners live. And the majority of these posters who are so willing to bash the rest of us who actually live in this area.
There are too many people who don't even live here anymore, telling us we shouldn't do everything we can to improve the safety, accessibility, and appeal of our community. If you have already "voted with your feet", then concentrate on your suburban, "utopia" and leave those of us you left behind alone.
Yes Eric. Let's have a list of the business owners opposed to dedicated bike lanes. If you are all "just as concerned with matters of economic prosperity, pedestrian welfare, and good neighborhoods", then lets have a list of the businesses we should thank for all this concern and prosperity we have been enjoying all these years.
In fact, we should definitely know who to thank for the "sculpting" over "decades". Apparently, you all have been doing a lot that we aren't aware of, so please educate us.
I live directly across from your business and the very vocal Mr. Cooper's business. I see your rear parking lot is consistently 80% (no exaggeration needed) empty, 90% of the time. Why can't your precious deliveries be accepted in that huge unused parking lot in back. You only share this lot with three other businesses. A Pizza Hut DELIVERY, a small hair salon, and a dry cleaners where the customers stay for about 3 minutes each...so don't try and whine about sharing and no room. That's simply not true.
Shared bike lanes will do nothing but endanger cyclists. If bikes are sharing a lane, with the right of way, then traffic will be slowed anyway. Which is your big problem. If Madison is slowed to it's actual speed limit of 35, then motorists who use it as a raceway will simply go to Union or Poplar where they belong in the first place. So, if traffic is decreased because of bikes, then why not at least address the safety issue and dedicate bike lanes?
As the city traffic count last week showed, Madison is underutilized (and losing traffic now) and riddled with unsafe, speeding, "slaloming", drivers. 85% of cars traveled 41+mph with some clocked at 75mph....in a 35mph zone?! I would love to see the MPD set up speed traps and take this opportunity to make the city some money, improve safety for pedestrians/cyclists, and lower the noise pollution. Of course, I'm sure you would have problems with that too. It's all about volume for the business owners, not safety or progress, or neighborhood renewal. Please don't ask us, at this point, to believe you care about the residents of the area. Btw, the bike riding, residents you have been fighting ARE YOUR PATRONS! (for now anyway).
If you wanted a business on a freeway or another G'town Pky, then you shouldn't be on Madison. I for one will boycott every business that opposed this measure and I will encourage anyone I can exert influence over to do the same.
Just for the sake of being honest....I would love to know where all these business owners actually live. And would they want me speeding through their neighborhood at all hours endangering their family and friends? Hypocrites.
By Joe Boone
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