The Bluff City’s bicycle-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.
With its updated bicycle 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 vehicle commuting.
There are several shops in town where you can purchase new bikes and equipment. You can also get involved, volunteer and learn to work on bicycles, at community bicycle shops such as Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op in Cooper-Young, the Carpenter Art Garden’s Carpenter Street Workshop, in Binghampton and Oasis Bike Shop in North Memphis. Bicycles offer a tremendously valuable mobility option in a city where more than 40,000 households don’t have access to a car*.
Commuting by bicycle is a wonderful way to improve your health. A flat, five-mile, commute will burn about 500 calories a day. Bicycling to work is an ideal way to get exercise without having to set aside time solely for working out. Bicycling 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