Thursday May 18, 2006
Second year of cycling, walking, jogging continues with event May 29
Following the success of the first year of Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike events last year, a second round of cycling and walking is set for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. Cyclists and walkers will gather starting at 10 a.m. and the biking and walking begins at 11 a.m.
Last year’s Hike & Bike events took nearly hundreds of cyclists on scenic routes through downtown to Shawnee and Iroquois parks. This time, Mayor Jerry Abramson is inviting cyclists, walkers and joggers of all abilities to join him on a special route to Cherokee Park that features new bike routes being developed.
"We’ll showcase the changes we are making to improve safe biking in Louisville in our first Hike & Bike of the year," Abramson said. "Our capital investment on new bike paths is an investment in creating an active and healthy hometown."
The bike route will highlight various Louisville amenities, beginning at Slugger Field and progressing through Butchertown and along Beargrass Creek to Cherokee Park. The complete bicycle route is 15 miles, but there will be several turnoffs available providing alternate routes as short as two miles. For walkers, a one-mile "Mayor’s Mile" loop will be marked from Slugger Field through Waterfront Park.
The route will be marked with signage and include 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, as well as "bike doctors" along the way to assist cyclists who might encounter equipment problems. Louisville Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections and the Emergency Medical Services bicycle team will patrol the route.
The Slugger Field starting and finishing point also will feature a health-fair atmosphere with nutrional snacks, music and several informational booths (opening at 10 a.m.) providing tips on cycling safety, bicycle commuting and other healthy-living information.
In addition EarthSave Louisville is hosting their annual Taste of Health Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Slugger Field. This event features interactive exhibits, food samples from local restaurants and healthy cooking demos.
The Hike & Bike is a component of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, designed to encourage Louisville residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices. Buehler’s Markets and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. are sponsors of the Hike & Bike.
If you Go
Hike & Bike participants should arrive at Louisville Slugger Field between 10 and 11 a.m. Booths with cycling information and bicycle assistance open at 10 a.m., and the Hike & Bike will begin at 11 a.m. Parking is free in the Louisville Slugger Field parking lot and nearby on-street public parking spaces. All TARC buses are equipped with bicycle racks for those cyclists who want to leave the car at home.