The City of Memphis has recently elevated the role of bicycle transportation in the metropolitan region and increased its investment in the bikeway network. As an opportunity to build on this momentum, the City of Memphis, Livable Memphis, Shelby County Health Department, and the Hyde Family Foundation commissioned Alta Planning + Design to explore the potential for a bike sharing system in Memphis.

The objectives of this report are to:

  • Introduce bike sharing in a way that can be shared with decision makers, potential partners, and key stakeholders
  • Present experience from other US cities operating bike sharing systems to identify key system parameters and explore potential funding and ownership/operation models
  • Perform a Local Context Analysis to assess the preparedness of Memphis for bike sharing and identify potential issues
  • Prepare a Financial Analysis to identify an appropriate initial system that fits within available resources and inform future funding and investment in the program