In an effort to encourage more people to reach special events by bike, the City of Memphis’ Division of Engineering now offers ten event bike racks that can be borrowed for public or private special events.
- The bike racks are lightweight and can be assembled or disassembled in less than minutes.
- Each rack has the holding capability of at least seven bicycles.
- The City’s collection of racks allows an event to provide proper parking for 70 or more bikes.
- Bike Walk Memphis, a local non-profit and supporter of active transportation, voluntarily manages the Event Bike Parking Program on the City’s behalf.
- Upon request, Bike Walk Memphis provides a bike valet team that staffs the parking station throughout an event’s duration and handles all of the pre- and post-event logistics associated with the racks.
“Rather than circling the block or slowly cruising the aisles of a parking lot in their car, event attendees could ride straight up to an event’s main entrance on their bike, hand it over to a smiling Bike Walk Memphis volunteer, and continue on their way into the event,” said Nicholas Oyler, Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager at the City of Memphis, on the benefit of an event using the racks.
Other bike rack benefits include an overall reduced demand for car parking at events and a reduced number of bicycles locks to the surrounding property at an event’s entrance.
Memphis event organizers are using this service to their full advantage. Memphis Made Brewing recently used the racks to provide bike parking at its MALTED festival. The City’s racks were first tested, though, at MEMFix: Film Row in September.
To request the bike racks go here.