My time in the Netherlands was amazing. We rode so many different types of places: towns, cities and suburbs, all with excellent bicycle-friendly facilities and fast public transportation. We spoke with people who work to further the bicycling infrastructure, in the Netherlands. And we met women who work with women who are new to Holland. Our group of 10 talked about ways we can apply what we learned, in Memphis, in the next week, month and year. And with this group, I don’t think that was just talk.
I’m so pleased to have gotten to know Roshun Austin, of The Works, South Memphis. We are going to work to teach more women to ride. And I can’t wait to see what Revolutions can do with Principal Mark Neal, of Melrose High School, who was already talking about incorporating bicycles into a project his top students are working on and wondering what incentives he could offer to students who bicycle to football games. Revolutions will continue to support Dwayne Jones and his group rides around Orange Mound. And after riding an e-assist bike for a few days, in Amsterdam, I want e-assist on one of our cargo bikes, even more. Can you imagine the tours we could give if I could easily pedal a tour guide around on one of our cargo bikes?!
I am extremely happy to report that more bike lanes are coming. Kyle Wagenschutz, Memphis’ Bike/Ped Coordinator, said that in the next 18 to 24 months, we will see 150 more miles. Twenty of those miles will be protected bike lanes. And he also has money for 20 new bike corrals (the on-street bike parking like First Congo has out front), and larger businesses and property companies around town are interested in installing them.
So get ready, Memphis. More people riding bicycles are coming soon. It’s good for our health. It’s good for our communities. And it’s super fun!