Monday, September 24, 2018

Explore Bike Share Expands to Mud Island

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 12:51 PM

click to enlarge An Explore Bike Share station at Tom Lee Park. - EXPLORE BIKE SHARE
  • Explore Bike Share
  • An Explore Bike Share station at Tom Lee Park.

Look who's getting that sweet, sweet bike share.

Mud Island saw three Explore Bike Share stations installed Friday along the 1.5-mile stretch of Greenbelt Park.

“We currently have bike share stations at Beale Street Landing, Tom Lee Park, and both sides of Big River Crossing, all of which are extremely popular,” he said. “With the Greenbelt Park stations, we’re continuing the activation of the Memphis riverfront by connecting the wonderful public parklands and activities they have to offer with all of our great neighborhoods.”

Carol Coletta, president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership, said the stations will help locals and visitors experience the River Line, a 4.75-mile bike and pedestrian trail that runs from the Wolf River Greenway on Mud Island to Big River Crossing. River Line will will formally open November 9th.
 


“Explore Bike Share has already proven to be a natural fit for the riverfront experience,” she said. “Ridership at Big River Crossing and Tom Lee Park continues to lead all other stations across the city.

"With the debut of the River Line and the expansion of the River Line to include Martin Luther King Riverside Park in South Memphis, the entire Memphis riverfront will be connected in an entirely new way. Explore Bike Share is an easy and accessible option to explore the majesty that is the Mississippi River at Memphis.”

Cyclists can now explore the one-mile loop of the Wolf River Greenway, now built on the north end of Mud Island. But plans are in place to connect that loop to the entire 26-mile-long Greenway once it's complete.

Explore Bike Share will soon install a third bike station at Overton Park near the East Parkway entrance, thanks to the demand and bike usage in the park.

The Explore Bike Share service area currently includes Downtown, South Memphis, Midtown, Orange Mound, and West Memphis, with more neighborhood expansions planned for 2019.

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