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Classes You Don’t Want to Miss:

Basic Bike Assessment

Are you new to Revolutions and wondering how to get involved at the workshop? Basic Bike Assessment is a great introduction. Bring your own bike or use one of ours. This class will introduce the systems on the bicycle and help you determine any projects you might like to start working on.  Join us Monday, Oct 17 at 6:30. Read more and sign up here.

How to Ride in the Street

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Do you feel nervous riding in the street? Join this class to gain confidence and understanding of how to ride safely. Maybe you want to grab a coffee with your friend, show up at book club by bicycle or even try riding to work? This class will practice how to make these types of trips! You will also have the chance to talk about route planning and bicycle accessories that make transportation riding easier. Join us for this fun, four session class starting Sunday, Oct 30. Read more and register here.

 

A Greenline Bridge!

When I met the new City of Memphis Bike/Ped Program Manager, he told me that what he needs most from us is to make our voices heard. Do you like the City’s bike lanes? Are there facilities that need to be better?

Well here’s a great chance to share you thoughts, as people who use bicycles! Monday and Tuesday will be Round One for designing a continuation of the Shelby Farms Greenline from Tillman to the West.

The scope of this project is from the Greenline’s current terminus at Tillman Street to Flicker Street. Due to the necessity of crossing an active railroad, the City will construct a bicycle and pedestrian bridge in between the Union Avenue and Poplar Avenue viaducts. Additionally, the City intends to build a new trailhead at Flicker Street, under or near the Union Avenue viaduct. Once complete, the bridge will allow the Greenline to one day push through Tobey Park, into the Fairgrounds, and possbily beyond. –Nick Oyler, Bike/Ped Program Manager

Frankly, I am amazed that this project is even on the table! And my big question is, will there be an exit that allows better access to Benjamin Hooks Central Library?

So, here’s where you come in. This round has three sessions open to the public and I really hope you will attend. If you can only make one session, I suggest going on Tuesday night. If you are driving, plan to park on Broad Ave and enter the church from there. But the bike lane on Broad also goes right in front of the church.

We will ride from Revolutions, on Tuesday night. We will meet at our Bike Gate (1000 S. Cooper) at 5:20 and head out by 5:30, if you want to ride with us. And you can read more details about the whole event here. And please, come out and make your voice heard!!

Your meeting choices are:

Monday, October 17
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Recap of Site Visit, Discussion, and Pin-Up of Ideas

Tuesday, October 18
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM – Design Studio Open House
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Final Presentation on Design Workshops

Each session will be held at:

First Baptist Church
2835 Broad Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112

Big River Crossing — Opens Saturday

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There is a full afternoon of events to celebrate the opening of the Bike/Ped improvements on the Harahan Bridge. It also happens to be a busy day Downtown with the St. Jude Ride and the RiverArts Fest on South Main. But I think that all these events just make for more interesting riding as we head down to the bridge!

There will be food, music and entertainment from 4:00 to 7:00 and then fireworks. Join us at Revolutions at 4:00. We will ride down and hang out, watch the fireworks and then head back.

Have a small child, who likes to ride? Bring them in a bike trailer or let us show you our Family Cargo Bikes! Big kids are welcome to ride their own bikes, if they can ride all the way downtown!

We take a pretty easy pace, where folks can talk to each other while we ride. This ride will be about 6 miles, or about 65 minutes of riding, EACH WAY. Please remember that you ride at your own risk.

Rides meet at Revolutions, on the Cooper-side of First Congo, in front of our gate with bike art above it. If you are renting bicycles, please come at 3:45 p.m. All rides are weather dependent (we will cancel, if it looks like rain). And we require helmets on all Revolutions sponsored rides. Be sure to bring lights as we will ride back after dark!

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“At nearly a mile in length, Big River Crossing will be the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi.” Read more about the bridge here.

 

eBikes Exploratory Team

Last time, at our eBikes night, the team got one of our electric assist bikes running, by hot wiring it! (You can see a video here!)

This team is looking into how to add electric assist to our fleet. We feel this additional offering could help folks have the confidence to try out riding a bicycle with us! Any one can join this team, no experience necessary! You must be a Revolutions member, but you can join for the evening or join for the year, when you come in to the Shop! Thursday, Oct 20 at 6:30 p.m.

 

What’s Happening This Week
Oct 16–23

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.               Women’s Bike Chat
2:00-6:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is OPEN–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.     Basic Bike Assessment class

Tuesday:
5:20 p.m.                 Ride to the Greenline Bridge Public Meeting

Wednesday:
6:00 p.m.                Community Event: Freewheel Slow Ride (meets at 600 Monroe)

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.     
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.     
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is OPEN
eBike Exploratory Team

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm  
Retail Shop WILL be Open for Retail, Service and Rentals
4:00 p.m.                Ride to the Big River Crossing Opening Day!

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.     
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is OPEN–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Sunday, Oct 30
2:00 p.m.               How to Ride in the Street

Thursday, Nov 3
6:30 p.m.                eBike Exploratory Team

Saturday, Nov 5
9:00 a.m.               Bike to Brunch

Monday, Nov 7
9:30 a.m.                Moms and Tots Ride

Monday, Nov 21
6:30 p.m.                Fix a Flat class

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