From the Editor
Spring is just around the corner, and you can see the impact of the warmer weather not only on flora and fauna, but also on people. While redbuds and tulip poplars are quietly slipping into their showiest of seasons, people are also rousing from their hibernating habits and starting to venture outdoors more often.
Shaking off the winter doldrums can be both a mental and a physical activity. With the completion of Big River Crossing and additional bike lanes crisscrossing the city, it is easier than ever to find a path to help you enjoy outdoor pursuits. The Memphis and Shelby County Bike Map can help you plan a route with over 60 miles of bike lanes, off-road trails and protected pathways. You can pick up a copy at local Memphis bicycle repair shops or any area Visitor Center. But just to get your gears going, here are a few ideas:
The Shelby Farms Greenline is a 7-mile paved pedestrian/biking trail that connects Midtown (at Tillman Street) to Shelby Farms. And once you arrive at the eastern terminus, there are a variety of paved and unpaved trails to explore if you want to extend your ride. On the north side of town, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park offers a 5-mile intermediate trail. And Overton Park, another of Memphis’ prime green spaces, is located right in the heart of the city and provides walkers and bikers a shady 2.5 mile path and nearly 200 acres of public space. The Big River Crossing is the longest public pedestrian bridge that spans the Mississippi River. With its completion last October, you can now walk or bike across the river, from Downtown Memphis all the way to Main Street in West Memphis, Arkansas. For those hoping for an even longer haul, the Mississippi River Trail takes riders on a 32-mile segment that passes through Shelby County, including Meeman-Shelby Forest and Downtown Memphis. This route crosses into
Additionally, this is a great time of year to get out and explore. Go find out what’s been happening around town by making treks through neighborhoods that have been undergoing revitalization efforts. Take an afternoon to explore Soulsville, check out the new businesses and eateries opening in Crosstown, and see what’s new in pedestrian-friendly areas like Broad Avenue, Cooper-Young, Highland Row near the University of Memphis, Overton Square and South Main.
Physical recreation can help quell a sense of restlessness and clear out mental cobwebs. There’s so much to see and do—and this is one of our most comfortable seasons for being outdoors. Find out for yourself what it is that makes Memphis “The City of Good Abode.”
Emily Adams Keplinger