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placestoride11aWhere to Go for a Ride

For those who enjoy riding a bike, the Memphis area is slowly becoming one of the best places around to do it and the future is looking even brighter for the city in the years ahead with bike lanes and trails either being added, extended, or connected to existing ones. It is really quite a turnaround for a city that did not have much to offer when it came to cycling with few trails and virtually no bike lanes on any of its streets.  Over the last couple of years, however, Memphians have seen an amazing proliferation of places where cyclists can go to ride their bikes and they will undoubtedly continue to see a whole lot more in the future. 

The Memphis & Surrounding Area
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In & around Memphis, there are plenty of places for cyclists to go out for a ride with dozens of parks and recreational areas to venture out in.  Although there are plenty to choose from, some of the best places include the following: 
SHELBY FARMS
http://www.shelbyfarmspark.org/
SHELBY FARMS GREENLINE
http://greatermemphisgreenline.org/ & (Link to Map)
WOLF RIVER GREENWAY
http://www.wolfriver.org/ & (Link to Maps)
ARKABUTLA
http://www.midsouthtrails.com/midsouthtrails/arkabutla.html
OVERTON PARK
http://www.overtonpark.org/
There are also some great bike trails in:
COLLIERVILLE
http://www.colliervilleparks.org/ and STANKY CREEK
http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-tennessee/trail/stanky-creek/prd_170338_4578crx.aspx
HERB PARSONS LAKE
http://trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-tennessee/trail/herb-parsons-st-ate-lake/prd_170304_4578crx.aspx
MEEMAN-SHELBY FOREST STATE PARK
http://tn.gov/environment/parks/MeemanShelby/

placestoride4aAROUND MEMPHIS
Here's a link to the City of Memphis Bicycle Routes.
There are also some additional local area bike trails that you can check out on Memphis & Shelby County Bike Map, trails.com, midsouthtrails.com, and
http://www.midsouthgreenways.org/. For interactive bicycle facility maps, here's a link to Bike/Ped Memphis.

Aside from the trails, cyclists also have the option to ride on the streets and roads, but it is usually best to avoid those that have a high traffic volume, and are heavily congested, whenever possible.  If interested in doing that, here is a link to a map with some bicycle-friendly routes within Memphis.

Cyclists should always exercise more caution when riding on city streets & roads and should always follow the rules of the road & use hand signals at the intersections to indicate what direction that they will be going in.  The local area bike clubs, along with several bicycle shops, also offer group bike rides throughout the Memphis & outlying areas for those who enjoy or prefer riding with others.

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miles, (or are approximately a 45 minute drive from Memphis), were included on this page, but there are a countless of other places that cyclists can go if they are willing to travel even further than this. Here are a couple of links for trails throughout the State of Tennessee & beyond: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/bikeped/routes.htm, http://www.trails.com/stateactivity.aspx?area=10315, http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/BRAT/, Great Outdoor Recreation Pages, National Parks (like the Great Smoky Mountains), & http://www.traillink.com/, (which provides maps, nearby routes, bike shops, parking, some food, restroom stops, etc).

You can also review & plan your own route by going to Google maps. You can click the image on the left or go to: https://www.google.com/maps/@35.129186,-89.970787,11z/data=!5m1!1e3. Once you're there, you should select directions &, after that, you will want to choose the cyclist icon on the far right-hand side. From there you can zoom in & view all of the area bicycles routes in green. In addition to that, you can also create your own map at Mid-South Greenprint - U Map It: https://gis4.memphis.edu/greenprint/.