Saturday, August 29, 2009

Stolen Bike Alert - Specialized TriCross Single Speed

Green and Black. Stolen last night 8/28/09 sometime from my home in E Memphis near the U of M:

Specialized Single Speed TriCross Matte Green and Black. Fixed gear-Free wheel flip flop hub.

1 plastic water bottle cage, 1 metal cage, Minipump, saddle bag w/tools, tube etc. Had 2 Dinotte headlights and Dinotte tailight attached. Shimano "campus" platform/SPD pedals.

Reward, or just kick the a$$ of the mf who took it and I'll feel better. Email me if you know anything.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Try this on the fixie when you get bored

Here's a challenge for you - try this on the fixie next time you get bored riding streets.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

MRT from Memphis-West Memphis - Will it be blocked?

I got this from Bob a few days ago and then 2 folks sent it to me again last night, so it is important.

There is a chance that TDOT will mindlessly block the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) with their new i-55/Crump interchange project. They might cut off bike abd pedestrian access to the sidewalk on the I-55 bridge.

FYI- The MRT is a national trail stretching from Minnessota to the Gulf of Mexico. The I-55 bridge over the river at Memphis is a critical link in the trail.

Joe Royer of Outdoors is on the Board of the MRT (scroll down some). Let Joe and the other board members know that we need to make sure TDOT/FHWA maintains at least access to the bike-pedestrian path over the river.

Here is the website for the project:

Below is the email from Bob Rodgers- You can copy. cut, and paste your own comments in it to send to the project director.

Let them know you want continued access to the I-55 bridge sidewalks for bicyclists and walkers- it is the only way to get across the river for miles in either direction!!!
From Bob R:
...while bikers were being wooed and wowed at a meeting to discuss the CSX line, another meeting was happening across town to take comments on planned changes at the I-55/Crump interchange leading to the old bridge. The old bridge has separated sidewalks and is the only way a bicyclist or pedestrian can cross the river for many miles from Memphis.

In response to a question from a bicyclist, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) spokesman made it clear that the State considered this an Interstate project only. We all know that US interstates ban non-motorized transportation. It is not acceptable that Tennessee does not recognize the importance of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) and acknowledge that they must at least allow access to the bridge to non-motorized types of transport.

If you are also concerned about this, you can make comments directly to TDOT about their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Comments must be postmarked no later than July 28th. Comments cannot be anonymous; they should include your name and mailing address, or any other information needed to legally establish your standing on the issue.

I've sent my comments, but was reminded by someone today that to make certain they land in the right hands the subject should say:
Comments regarding FHWA-TN-EIS-08-01-D
DEIS I-55 at E.H.Crump Blvd. & S. Riverside Blvd.
Memphis Shelby County TN

Comments may be mailed to:

Project Comments

Tennessee Department of Transportation

Suite 700, James K. Polk Building

505 Deadrick Street

Nashville, TN 37243-0332

Or they may be emailed to:

Below is a copy of the comments we are sending. Feel free to use this letter and attach your own name.

Comments to: the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Regarding: FHWA-TN-EIS-08-01-D
DEIS I-55 at E.H.Crump Blvd. & S. Riverside Blvd.
Memphis Shelby County TN

From: Name


My comments on this project concern bicycle and pedestrian access as discussed in the DEIS in the Executive Summary under “Environmental Commitments – Social Commitments” and later on page 72, Chapter 3, part 8 “Pedestrians and Bicyclists Considerations” – 3.8.1 Affected Environment.

I understand the difficulties in designing such a complex change to an important and busy interchange, and I commend TDOT for promising to consider provisions for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations during the final design phase. Though bike lanes and/or sidewalks may not be practical or safe within the project area, provisions must provide for bicycle and pedestrian access to the French Fort neighborhood.

While the DEIS promises to consider bicycle and pedestrian access into the neighborhood, it is silent about such access to the existing sidewalks on the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River. In fact, the DEIS states, “Due to the nature of this project, safety issues may prohibit bicycle and pedestrian accommodations within much of the project ROW.” The I-55 bridge is the only Mississippi River crossing available to bicyclists and pedestrians for many miles north and south of Memphis. Importantly, it is identified as the crossing point in Memphis on the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) which runs from Minnesota to Louisiana and is supported by many states and private enterprises interested in preserving and enhancing this route.

It is imperative that the final EIS recognizes the need for access to the bridge by non-motorized means in order to keep the MRT complete. Access could include sidewalks or wide lanes with appropriate speed limits and signs alerting drivers to the presence of bikes and pedestrians. At a minimum, the project must not eliminate access to the bridge from non-motorized transportation.

*Thanks to Bob Rogers for drafting this email*

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Returning to this place

I was going to construct a wordpress site at but this is easier and quicker.

We need a large active bike advocacy organization in Memphis that is run by cyclists for cyclists.

More later.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Moved to another site

I have moved all of the BikeMemphis posts to Seemed easier to have it all in one place.