MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The bike lanes on a strip of McLean in midtown Memphis are causing some residents to peddle away.
Bicyclists rejoiced when the city of Memphis designated bike lanes in midtown. But on Mclean between Poplar and Overton Park Avenue, the bike lanes are driving residents insane.
Chris Pace has a daughter that lives in an apartment building on McLean in midtown Memphis. She says they love the area, except for the bike lanes.
"This has been awful… there's nowhere to park on Mclean," Pace said. "The minute we found out the bike lanes were here she went to the homeowners association to see if there's an appeal and there was nothing."
So after living there for five years, they decided it was time to leave. Pace says that losing street parking means "you live a completely solitary life here where you have no friends that can come over."
Midtown resident Bob Meher says the parking problem isn't a problem for him but for visitors.
"It is an untenable situation as it is right now," he said, "You have to go half a mile to find anywhere you can really park."
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton heard about their parking plight and offered a solution.
"We think a reasonable, by no means perfect, compromise it to allow parking at night," said Mayor Wharton.
The city says new parking signs denoting parking from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. will be going up next week.