The Downtown Memphis Commission is sponsoring a party tonight at 5:00 to celebrate the kick off of the Great Streets Pilot project, which created a new space for bikers and pedestrians Downtown.
Over the past few weeks, a handful of Downtown streets, including parts of Beale and Front Street received a facelift, as Public Works crews repaved and restriped the streets, and volunteers decorated portions with art, plants, and furniture.
The Great Streets Pilot project, an effort of the City's Division of Engineering and the UrbanArt Commission, is a combination of new protected east-west bike lanes, pedestrian spaces, outdoor eating area, and games.
Tonight near the intersection of Main Street and Peabody Place, there will be live music, Sprock n' Roll Party Bike rides, MEMPops, games, and a photo booth.
The project is piloted for one year and is designed to connect with proposed bike lanes to come in the fall on Riverside Drive and Dr. MLK Jr. Avenue.