Transportation is an integral component of city's quality of life and bicycling, for commuting or recreation, is important to the mix of options. Once
known as a one of the worst cities for cycling, Memphis is making
progress and Livable Memphis is committed to continue increasing the
momentum. The City of Memphis is building a fast-growing network of
bike lanes and facilities. While the Shelby Farms Greenline was—and
remains—transformative for getting people on (or getting back on)
their bikes, there remained a missing link between the city's east
and west cycling hubs.
in 2010, Livable Memphis began an initiative to fill in the gap with
The Hampline, an innovative and safe protected bicycle path that mixes bicycles,
art and community. The
1.7-mile Hampline will connect Overton Park to the western end of the
Shelby Farms Greenline, going through the heart of Binghampton and the Broad Avenue Arts District along Tillman Street and Broad Avenue, and connecting to Overton Park under the Bike
Gate at East Parkway.
The City of Memphis expects to receive final approval of the Hampline designs from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in late 2015 or early 2016, with an expected groundbreaking in spring 2016. In the meantime, portions of the Hampline, like the path east of East Parkway, and the middle section along Broad (using an interim design), are in place and demonstrate how the path will function when fully built.
Safety and Innovation
The Hampline route faces many challenges. It crosses a divided expressway, a live
rail line, and several smaller intersections. We want the Hampline
to feel safe for even the beginning cyclist taking to the streets for
the first time. Our design team at ALTA Planning + Design came up
with a great solution - a two-way bicycle track, separated from cars
by a curb and median or bollards. The Hampline addresses pedestrian
safety with enhanced crosswalks, especially important for school kids
in an area known for high injuries and fatalities for pedestrian
children. Also featured will be Memphis' first bicycle-specific traffic signal, which will allow people walking and bicycling to proceed across Sam Cooper Blvd in a prioritized phase.
and Community Development
Hampline is about more than bikes—it’s about neighborhood
revitalization. For comparison, Livable Memphis' New Face for an Old Broad was a temporary exhibit of what the Arts District along
the Hampline could be if built with bikes and business in mind. That
event sparked a re-envisioning of the area and has since inspired
over $25 million in economic development. Bikes, it seems, are good
in keeping with the character of the neighborhood, the Hampline has
inspired lots of public art. New sculptures and murals continue
popping up, and two artistic bus shelters were installed in fall 2015.
addition to generous grants and contributions from foundations,
organizations and individuals, the Hampline is being made possible
through individual donors, crowd-funded by the public using ioby. Hundreds of regular people dug into their pockets
donating $5, $25, $100 to ensure that the Hampline will be built.
project has been a partnership with member organizations Binghampton
Development Corporation and Broad Avenue Arts Alliance, with support
from the City of Memphis and the Shelby County Office of
Sustainability, Bikes Belong, Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation Green Lane Project, Alliance for Biking
and Walking, Hyde Family Foundations and hundreds in committed
individuals. Project consultants include LRK, Inc and ALTA Planning +