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Midtown business owners say they're opposed to dedicated bike lanes

(WMC-TV) - Dozens of Midtown Memphis business owners said they are against adding two dedicated bike lanes on Madison Avenue.

Thursday, 65 business owners said the lanes would hurt their businesses.

"It's a disaster waiting to happen," said Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove.

The proposed plan would bar motor traffic in the right lanes in both direction, making each stretch for bicycle traffic only.

"It would literally close some of these businesses," said Fullilove.

Fullilove said the proposal would hurt a sector of Midtown's economy.  Business owners said they are worried.

"I'm not against bikes," said business owner Selma Brinson.  "I love bikes.

A year ago, Brinson opened Brinson Tax Services.  She chose the location in part because it sits on a busy thoroughfare.

"I want my customers to be able to get to my facility with as much ease as possible," said Brinson.

Brinson said recent trolley construction proved taxing and a permanent obstacle is unwanted.

"A shared lane would be better," said business owner Lois Bryant.

A shared bike lane keeps the right lanes opens to cars.

"We're supposed to be in the business of trying to create jobs, create new revenue, so that we don't have to continually tax the citizens of Memphis," said Fullilove.

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