This September the Memphis Medical District Collaborative and Downtown Memphis Commission are launching Freewheel, a slow ride bicycle program with a series of free, casual rides planned throughout the fall.
Freewheel encourages people to come as they are and enjoy a slow-paced bicycle ride while exploring neighborhoods and communities in the city of Memphis. Anything from suits to scrubs to spandex is welcomed and encouraged. Each ride is free and available to all ages and skill levels.
The first group ride is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m., and it will kick off at 600 Monroe near High Cotton Brewing Co. Riders can bring their own bike or borrow one of the Medical District’s bikes that have been serviced by the Carpenter Art Garden Community Bike Shop.
Each ride is approximately one hour long, and the initiative aims to create a casual environment that riders find to be easily accessible and relaxing. Riders are encouraged to stop for post-bike beer at High Cotton, and one of the rides will have a dinner stop planned.
“Freewheel gives the opportunity for Memphians to slow down and experience our city from a different perspective. We know that when people bike they support local businesses, interact with the community and see the city in a different way.” – Sara Studdard, DCA Project Manager
Freewheel is part of a growing group ride movement in Memphis, as Revolutions Bicycle CoOp and other community groups also host rides focusing on enjoying our city at a slower pace.
- Wednesday, September 7
- Wednesday, September 21
- Wednesday, October 5
- Wednesday, October 19
- Wednesday, November 2
All rides depart from 600 Monroe Avenue at 6 p.m.