CY Bike Lane Plan Results from Compromises

The Commercial Appeal reports this morning that the plan for bike lanes in Cooper Young have been hammered out by reaching a compromise mediated by Mayor AC Wharton and Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator Kyle Wagenschutz:

The compromise:

Continuous, striped bike lanes on both sides of Cooper, from Central south to Southern.

The bike lanes will be traditional, placed between the parallel-parked cars and the traffic lanes.

Cooper will be reconfigured to have one traffic lane in each direction, with a middle turn lane.

Cyclists favoring the Revolutions Community Bike Shop plan compromised by giving up its cutting-edge proposal to protect bikes from traffic by placing bike lanes between the curb and the parallel parked cars.

The Cooper-Young Business Association compromised by giving up five parking spaces on Cooper south of Young to make room for the bike lanes in that narrower two-block section.

However, the city will create five extra spaces by permitting more parking on Young, east of Cooper.

The business association had argued for just posting signs instructing motorists to share the road on the Young-to-Southern segment.

Bike lanes will exist on the portion of Cooper south of Young, while the five parking spaces sacrificed will be made available on Young Ave east of Cooper.  Everyone wins!

Thanks to all of you who participated in our bike lanes discussion forum, which was passed along to Mayor Wharton and his staff to help in the decision making process.


  1. Sounds like a good compromise. I’m glad to see the bike lanes will run uninterrupted through Cooper Young.
    Now, if we can have it run all the way to Overton Park, that would really be awesome, as the they’re trying to connect the Greenline to the park.

  2. At his recent presentation at the Walk Bike Memphis meeting, Mayor Wharton mentioned specifically his desire to have the bike lanes on Cooper extend to Overton Park, so chances are good! The current proposal for bike lanes(which is supposedly for the next two-ish years) doesn’t have that included, so who knows how long it will take. With these bike lanes added to bike lanes that connect CY to U of M/Audobon Park via Southern and north/west via McLean, the connection from the Greenline to Overton Park and to the Fairgrounds, CY will be the hub of bike accessibility in Memphis!

  3. What exactly did the Business Association give up in the “compromise”? They are allowing 5 parking spaces on the street to be moved from Cooper to Young? I am glad that we are getting a short section of bike lanes, but calling this a “compromise” seems to be a stretch.

  4. I agree with Mark. I’m not sure I see where the CYBA compromised at all. It’s a shame. Those protected bike lanes would have really put us on the map as one of the few truly, bike-friendly neighborhoods in the country….Memphis needs all the positive press it can get!


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