Biking in Memphis – Past, Present & Future

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Cyclist Enjoying the Outdoors

Outdoors Inc Canoe and Kayak - The Commerical Appeal.

Thousands of athletes have faced the Mississippi River to be named champion of the annual Outdoors Inc, Canoe & Kayak Race. Photo by The Commercial Appeal

Bikers at Shelby Farms Park: Baxter Buck

Father and son biking at Shelby Farms Park

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Cyclists Enjoying the Outdoors

When Mayor AC Wharton committed to building 55 miles of bike facilities in 2010, he meant serious business. The DIY spirit that makes Memphis great has caught fire and has fueled new bike routes and trails all over town. And with the city expected to exceed Wharton’s goal by 10 miles by the end of 2012, Memphis was recently named America’s Most Improved Bicycle City by Bicycling Magazine.

Here’s your quick biking guide in the cradle of the Blues – Memphis, TN.

Bike Trails in Memphis
The most significant bike route to date is the Shelby Farms Greenline, a 7-mile paved trail that runs through the heart of Memphis from Tillman Street in the Binghampton neighborhood to Shelby Farms (one of the largest urban green spaces in the U.S.). The Greenline is built upon a former railroad line. Today, you’ll find the Greenline filled with bikers, hikers, walkers and runners of all types. The trail is open from sunrise to sunset.

Home to the Memphis Zoo and Old Forest Arboretum (many trees in this area are over 300 years old), Overton Park pathways is a 2.5 mile winding and paved shared use path. Put the pedal to the pavement, enjoy the shaded paths and have lunch in the park. Also, Overton Park is home of the outdoor Levitt Shell Theater where Elvis Presley gave his first performance.

Scheduled for completion in 2016, the $30 million Harahan Bridge Project is one of the region’s most ambitious and impressive bike projects to date.  Connecting downtown Memphis, Tenn. with West Memphis, Ark., it will soon be possible for bikers to cross the Mississippi River over the 100-yr old Harahan Bridge. For more information about the Harahan Bridge Project, follow their progress online.

Interested in seeing all the bike trails in Memphis? See the map below or click here.

Bike Rentals
Don’t have a bike? Rentals are available at the corner of Farm Rd. and Mullins Station Rd and adjacent to the Shelby Farms Park Greenline. Rental costs are $12 per person for a two-hour rental and $24 per person for a day rental. They play it safe - helmets and locks are provided. To rent a bicycle or get additional information, visit or call Greenline Rentals

Memphis bicycle trails and routes