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Police Director examines issue of safety on Greater Memphis Greenline

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin toured the Greater Memphis Greenline Wednesday, offering advice about how to keep it safe.

Tuesday, Action News 5 told you about cyclists and pedestrians who claim they've had close calls with cars as they cross the busy intersection at Highland, near Mimosa, on the Greenline.

"We're getting a number of questions about the Highland Street crossing," Mayor A C Wharton said. "The bikers aren't stopping. The motor vehicle traffic isn't stopping. Safety is going to be paramount."

Wharton has since asked Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin to look into the possibility of installing cameras along the trail.

"We want to ensure that we don't have trash, that we don't have homeless, and that we don't have other issues," Godwin said. "Even though they may not be criminal in nature, we don't want anything happening on the Greenline."

Wharton said the cameras would be used as a crime deterrent.

"I don't want anybody in the city saying, 'I would exercise, but my community is not safe, and I'm afraid to go out before sun up,'" Wharton said.

Memphis City Councilman Kemp Conrad also sent this letter to Wharton with suggestions on how to keep the trail safe.

"For it to remain robust and durable it must be safe from crime and vehicular traffic at road crossings. Memphians should feel confident that the city council, conservancy, and the mayor's administration, including city and county law enforcement, are collaborating to ensure the vibrancy on this rich amenity for our city," Conrad wrote.

Godwin has also suggested adding fencing and some additional signage along the trail.

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