Wednesday May 12, 2010
Event includes bike ride to Iroquois Park; 5K walk to Lannan Park
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the increasingly popular Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike events will continue in 2010 with the first on Memorial Day, May 31, beginning at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park.
“More families and individuals are making an effort to be healthy and fit and our Hike & Bike events are a great way for families to exercise and have fun together,” Abramson said. “People of all ages and experience levels join us from competitive cyclists to children on training wheels as well as walkers of all ages – it’s become a Memorial Day and Labor Day tradition for thousands of our residents.”
Subway Restaurants continues as the Hike & Bike title sponsor, with Norton Healthcare a presenting sponsor.
The 15-mile cycling route will highlight several Louisville parks and landmarks. The route begins at Waterfront Park and heads south to Old Louisville and the University of Louisville, along tree-lined Southern Parkway, into Iroquois Park then back to Waterfront Park.
For walkers, a wheelchair-accessible 5K route of just over 3 miles will start at Waterfront Park, and go west along the wharf area and onto the RiverWalk section of the Louisville Loop, up to Lannan Park and back to Waterfront Park. Those desiring a shorter “hike” can turn around at the Louisville Science Center. Walkers can bring dogs to participate in the hike, but must keep their dogs on a leash and pick up waste during the walk as required by law.
The cycling route will be marked with signage and will include break stations staffed by volunteers to assist with directions and water. The Louisville Bicycle Club is providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road. “Bike doctors” will be along the route to assist cyclists with any equipment problems. Louisville Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route. Media support is provided by Lite 106.9 WVEZ.
A healthy marketplace with nutritional snacks, free children’s activities and informational booths will begin at 9 a.m. at Waterfront Park. Free T-shirts will be available for the first 2,500 participants, and the Brain Injury Association will distribute 250 bike helmets to riders who don’t have one. A “bike rodeo” with safety education activities for youth will be offered by Norton Healthcare, behind the Flock of Finns sculpture at Preston and Witherspoon.
Abramson said the city’s ongoing safety campaign for cyclists and pedestrians –StreetSense – will have a booth at the Hike & Bike. Participants will also be able to register for the new Lose It Louisville! initiative – a community-wide effort to lose a collective 100,000 pounds by the Labor Day Hike & Bike event.
This is the sixth year for the Hike & Bikes, which are held each Memorial Day and Labor Day. The events are part of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, created to encourage Louisville residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices. For more information, go to www.hikeandbikelouisville.com
If You Go:
Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike
Memorial Day, May 31, 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park
Starting point is near the “Dancing Waters” feature on Witherspoon St.
Booths open at 9 a.m. offering cycling information and assistance and healthy snacks.
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.
Another Healthy Hometown initiative
- Lose It Louisville!, a communitywide campaign to lose 100,000 pounds by Labor Day.