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January 29: We’re making a Big Jump

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Memphis was chosen as one of ten cities to participate in the new PeopleForBikes project: The Big Jump! As a City, we previously participated in a PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project. While the Green Lane Project concentrated on individual, landmark infrastructure projects in its participating cities, The Big Jump is all about the greater network and the people who use it. Here’s a description about the program from PeopleForBikes:

Everyone agrees that connected, high-comfort bikeway networks can make bicycling an ordinary part of life for many more people. But U.S. cities have a very difficult time connecting them.  . . .

The result is that networks go unbuilt, business districts remain auto-dependent, cities keep choking on their own traffic and healthy physical activity keeps falling.

Escaping this trap will require an innovative leap — a collective realization by U.S. cities that smart, rapid changes to create connected high-comfort bike networks of protected bike lanes, off-street paths and bike-friendly side streets can rapidly change the way that neighborhoods or districts work. Just as the cities that pioneered protected bike lanes are now seen as national leaders in street design . . . the cities and towns that bridge the gaps between bikeways to create working networks will lead the next generation of change.

The Big Jump should make it even easier to get around by bicycle, in Memphis. You can read more here.

Overhaul Class: Off to a good start

Our Overhaul Class has eight students learning to work on their bicycles. Here are some of them at work:

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What’s Happening This Week
January 29–February 5

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

MONDAY:
6:30 p.m.               Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is OPEN

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

SATURDAY:
8:30 am-3:30 pm 
Retail Shop WILL be Open for Retail, Service and Rentals

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

 

Coming Up, Soon!

February:

SATURDAY, Feb 11
9:30 a.m.                Bike to Lunch: End of the Line 

THURSDAY, Feb 16
7:00 p.m.               Beers and Gears: High Cotton Brewing Co.
                                  Meet at High Point Pizza (477 High Point Terrace)

MONDAY, Feb 20
6:30 p.m.                Basic Bike Assessment

THURSDAY, Feb 23
6:30 p.m.                 Bike to Dinner: Phuong Long

March:

SATURDAY, March 11
10:30 a.m.              Bike to Lunch: Pancho’s
                                  Meet at Martyr’s Park

THURSDAY, March 16
7:00 p.m.                Beers and Gears: Silky O’Sullivan’s

MONDAY, March 20
6:30 p.m.                 Fix a Flat

THURSDAY, March 23
6:30 p.m.                 Bike to Dinner: India Palace

SUNDAY, March 26
2:00 p.m.                 How to Ride in the Street

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