The Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s Freewheel slow ride series is returning this spring starting April 19th.
Freewheel is a slow ride bicycle program that provides an opportunity for people to explore neighborhoods by bike with their peers. It offers a connection amongst participants that also introduces new and thriving places throughout the Medical District.
“The biking movement is growing in Memphis, and Freewheel’s ability to capture the energy of Memphians is a perfect example of progress,” said Nicholas Oyler, Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager of the City of Memphis.
Last fall, the first series covered 1,435 miles within seven different neighborhoods with over 250 riders and 20 different zip codes represented in it. Last series, Freewheelers met at 600 Monroe Ave, which was an empty space. Now, it is being transformed into “Edge Alley,” a curated micro-retail collective with a coffee roaster, café and community space. The block surrounding this has also created new bike lanes, pocket parks, and newly paved roads to revamp this area.
“We are proud of the progress of this Marshall/Monroe block and the greater Medical District since Freewheel was incepted last fall,” said Abby Miller, program director of the MMDC. “It is our charge to make the Medical District a more livable, vibrant community of neighborhoods, and Freewheel’s growing presence illustrates that evolution.”
Starting on April 19th, rides will be every Wednesday following for six weeks:
- Wednesday, April 19, 6 p.m. – Riverfront & Martyrs Park
- Wednesday, April 26, 6 p.m. – Uptown
- Wednesday, May 3, 6 p.m. – Vance, Peabody & Annesdale
- Wednesday, May 10, 6 p.m. – Medical District
- Wednesday, May 17, 6 p.m. – Clayborn Temple & Downtown
- Wednesday, May 24, 6 p.m. – Crosstown & Evergreen
The new Freewheel headquarters will be at 603 Monroe Ave in the parking lot. Every slow ride will leave from there at 6:00pm and explore neighborhoods for approximately 45 minutes each week. Participants typically bring their own bikes, but you can also sign up to borrow a bike from the Medical District fleet.
Freewheelers are also invited to High Cotton Brewing Co. after each ride for discounted beers.