Memphis Hosting Tennessee Bike Summit This Week

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The sixth annual Tennessee Bike Summit kicked off in Memphis Friday night, with a focus on improving the safety of cyclists and pedestrians alike.

The two-day event is put on by Bike Walk Tennessee.

The goal is to bring together government and private groups to find ways to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians and form partnerships.

Organizers say this summit is vital because it shows local governments the community's desire and need for improved safety on the roads.

"It's of vital importance for public officials to see it as an issue that requires their attention, requires their effort, and that ultimately requires a process of public and private partnerships to ensure that we create the safest streets possible," says Anthony Siracusa, president of Bike Walk Tennessee.

This is the second time Memphis has hosted the summit.

The Tennessee Bike Summit continues Friday. Mayor Jim Strickland and Tennessee state senators Mark Norris and Lee Harris are all expected to be in attendance.

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