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Mayor’s Hike & Bike Set for Labor Day

Wednesday August 13, 2008

Mom’s Music bands will perform after the biking & hiking

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the city’s eighth Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike will take place on Labor Day, September 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park. Live music will again be a part of the Hike & Bike series due to the popular response of the Mom’s Music bands that performed at the Memorial Day Hike & Bike. (Visit the Hike & Bike Webpage for route maps and more.)

“Louisville has made great progress in becoming a bike and pedestrian-friendly community and our Hike & Bike events have become a great way for families to exercise and have fun together,” Abramson said. “On Memorial Day we had over 5,000 join us and it’s becoming a Labor Day tradition as well for families and walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities.”

Subway Restaurants continues its support for the events as Presenting Sponsor.

The Hike & Bike cycling route will highlight various Louisville attractions and historic locations. The route begins at Waterfront Park and progresses south to the Old Louisville neighborhood, around Churchill Downs, along tree-lined Southern Parkway, though Iroquois Park and back to Waterfront Park with an option to cycle across the Second Street bridge into Southern Indiana.

The complete bicycle route is approximately 17 miles, with several turnoffs available providing alternate routes as short as two miles. For walkers, an enhanced “Hike” of about 3.5 miles, goes across the Second Street bridge and through downtown Louisville. Jazzercise instructors will lead the hike.

The cycling route will be marked with signage and includes several break stations staffed by volunteers to assist with directions and water. In addition, the Louisville Bicycle Club is providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road, and “bike doctors” will be along the route to assist cyclists who might encounter equipment problems. Louisville Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route.

Abramson urged participants to stick around after the hiking and biking to hear live music. Bands playing a variety of music will perform from 12 – 2 p.m. compliments of Mom’s Music. Abramson said participants can also register to win a free bicycle courtesy of Mountain Bike Depot.

Persons attending are encouraged to help those less fortunate by bringing a canned good for Kentucky Harvest. Also, several local bike and fitness shops such as the Mountain Bike Depot and Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling stores will have Kentucky Harvest bins available during the month of August for collections.

A healthy marketplace with nutritional snacks, music, free children’s activities and several informational booths will begin at 9 a.m. at Waterfront Park. A limited number of free T-shirts will be available and the Brain Injury Association will distribute a limited number of bike helmets. Instructors and participants from Louisville Jazzercise studios will be leading warm-up and stretching exercises prior to the hiking and biking.

Subway Restaurants will distribute 2,500 gift cards at both the Memorial and Labor Day events. Each gift card, valued at $2.20, upgrades a regular sub purchase to a “Fresh Value Meal” by covering the cost of a drink and chips.

This is the fourth year for the popular Hike & Bikes, which are held twice a year. Thousands of cyclists and walkers have joined Mayor Abramson on Memorial Day and Labor Day to explore the city’s downtown, historic neighborhoods and scenic parks.

The events are part of the ongoing Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, created to encourage Louisville residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices.

If You Go:

Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike

  • Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 10:00 a.m. at Waterfront Park (directions)
  • Starting point is near the “Dancing Waters” feature on Witherspoon St.
  • Booths will offer cycling information, bicycle assistance and healthy snacks.
  • Bands will provide live music from Noon – 2 p.m., compliments of Mom’s Music.
  • On-street parking is available near Waterfront Park. All TARC buses are equipped with bicycle racks for cyclists who want to leave the car at home.

Additional Healthy Hometown Events

  • Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Saturday, October 18, Jefferson Memorial Forest. Learn more.


Mayor's Healthy Hometown Bike 

Mayor's Hike and Bike

See images from the Mayor's Hike & Bike events in our Flickr photo gallery!