Monday, October 2, 2017

Medical District's Community Bike Rides Return

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 12:14 PM

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The Memphis Medical District Collaborative's (MMDC) community biking program, Freewheel is launching next Wednesday for its third season.

Done in partnership with the Downtown Memphis Commission, Freewheel is a series of slow, casual 45-minute rides through various Memphis neighborhoods.

For six consecutive weeks participants will begin in the Medical District and explore a designated neighborhood:

• Wednesday, October 11 – Memphis Medical District
• Wednesday, October 18 – Martyrs Park
• Wednesday, October 25 – Elmwood Cemetery
• Wednesday, November 1 – Vance, Peabody & Annesdale
• Wednesday, November 8 – Downtown Memphis
• Wednesday, November 15 – Uptown

“More and more Memphians are discovering that biking really is the safest, healthiest, and most fun way to explore their city, including neighborhoods that they may think they already know,” Abby Miller, MMDC director of programs and data said. “Participation in Freewheel’s weekly rides has grown steadily since we started the program last year because we’re connecting people to their city — and to each other — in a way that simply doesn’t happen anywhere else in Memphis. With so much going on in the Medical District, along the Riverfront, and in neighborhoods throughout the rest of Downtown and Midtown, there’s always something new for us to see, and we think this will be our most popular season yet.”

Since the program began, more than 500 riders representing 20 zip codes have participated in the weekly rides and in the most recent spring season 1,600 miles through seven different neighborhoods were covered.

The fall season launches Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Freewheel headquarters on Monroe.

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