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Mayor’s Hike & Bike Set for Memorial Day

Wednesday May 7, 2008

Rockschool youth bands will perform after the Hike & Bike

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the increasingly popular Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike events will continue in 2008 with the first set for Memorial Day, May 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at Mayor's Hike and BikeWaterfront Park.

“Louisville has made great progress in becoming a bike-friendly community and our Hike & Bike events have become a great way for families to exercise and have fun together,” Abramson said. “Last year we had thousands of families participate in the Hike & Bike series and it’s becoming a Memorial Day and Labor Day tradition for many of our residents with active lifestyles.”

Subway Restaurants continues its support for the events as Presenting Sponsor for both Memorial and Labor Day Hike & Bikes.

The Hike & Bike cycling route will highlight various Louisville attractions and historic locations, beginning at Waterfront Park and progressing west to the Portland neighborhood, along tree-lined Northwestern and Southwestern Parkways, though Shawnee Park and back to Waterfront Park.

The complete bicycle route is approximately 15 miles, with several turnoffs available providing alternate routes as short as two miles. For walkers, a “Mayor’s Mile” loop will be marked in Waterfront Park.

The cycling 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, 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 said live music is being added to this year’s event, compliments of Mom’s Rockschool. Four bands with youth ages 8 to 18 will perform after the Hike & Bike from 12 – 2 p.m.

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 350 bike helmets to riders who don’t have one. Instructors from Jazzercise will help get participants going by leading warm-up and stretching exercises prior to the biking and hiking.

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 the mayor on Memorial Day and Labor 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

Memorial Day, May 26 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park

Starting point is near the “Dancing Waters” feature on Witherspoon St.

Booths with cycling information, bicycle assistance and healthy snacks available.

Four bands from Mom’s Rockschool will perform from Noon – 2 p.m.

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 Pedestrian Summit
    May 9 -
    Kick-Off Reception, 5:30-7 p.m., Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. Fourth Street
    May 10 - Healthy Hometown Pedestrian Summit, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gheens Academy, 4425 Preston Highway

  • Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike on Labor Day
    Monday, September 3

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