The Bluff City’s bike-friendly culture features bike lanes on city streets, protected green lanes, bike racks, bike shops and co-ops, bike-related organizations and group rides and cycling events. In fact, in 2012, Bicycling Magazine named Memphis its most improved bike city.
With its updated biking infrastructure, Memphis is a great city for commuting to and from work by bike. You’ll save on fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance costs while knowing you’re doing your part to reduce the environmental impact of single-occupancy commuting.
There are several shops in town where you can purchase new bikes and equipment, but if cost is a concern, low-cost bikes are available at community shops such as Revolutions Bicycle Co-op in Cooper-Young and Oasis Bike Shop in North Memphis. This is a tremendously valuable service in a city where more than 40,000 households don’t have access to a car. *
Commuting by bike is a wonderful way to improve your health. A flat, five-mile commute will burn about 500 calories a day. Biking to work is an ideal way to get exercise without having to set aside time solely for working out. Biking provides cardiovascular exercise to help keep your heart healthy, lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of hypertension, osteoporosis and type II diabetes. Regular pedaling also offers psychological benefits by boosting endorphins, which helps reduce stress and improve mood, as well as boost your confidence and sense of wellbeing. Enjoy the ride!
*Brooking Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program Study