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City, designers looking for resident input on Greenline expansion plans

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The Greenline is expanding and the City of Memphis is looking for input from Memphians on the new design.

Part of the expansion will be adding a new trail near Midtown. Although it will only add a half mile to the almost 10 mile Greenline, residents in Midtown will be able to have easier and safer access to the trail thanks to the expansion.

"It's about the only place in the city of Memphis you can ride a bicycle and not worry about getting run over," resident Steve Williams said.

Williams rides the Greenline several days a week and is looking forward to the expansion. He was one of several residents at Monday's meeting to give designers feedback on the new plans.

Those plans will expand the trail past Tillman Street to Flicker. It also adds a pedestrian bridge near Poplar Avenue and Union Avenue.

"Eliminates all of it," Williams said. "Safety concerns you have as an individual just crossing a major intersection."

But, it will take some time for those plans to be turned into paths--approximately five or six years.

However, the expansion will be funded mostly by federal grants.

"This project is only coming about because the public, the people said they wanted this," Nick Oylet, Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager, said. "So, if you support biking, if you support walking in Memphis, if you want Memphis to be a more walkable bike city, the city needs to hear from you."

For 8-year-old Madison Williams, the new path means she and her mom could walk from their home to the zoo. That's music to this young girl's ears.

"I think that would be great because then we could go farther and it would be, and it would be more exercise and good for you," Madison said.

If you want to weigh in on your ideas for the plans, there will be a meeting with designers from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church on Broad Street.

Then, at 6 p.m., the finalized drawings will be presented.

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