Tennessee Road Diet Update: Once labeled a “worst city for cycling”, Memphis adds 270 miles of bike lanes in a decade

One sign of progress can be seen at the intersection of MLK Jr. Dr. and Walnut St. in the Medical District. The intersection is one of the bike friendly projects completed in 2019.

It is the city’s first protected intersection for cyclists, Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager Nicholas Oyler explains. The intersection includes pole barriers, planters, “zebra humps” and brightly painted cement to make crossing for cyclists and pedestrians safer.

Oyler said the intersection was inspired by European plans and is believed to be the first of its kind in the state and possibly the country.