Wednesday August 17, 2005
Following the success of the first Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike on Memorial Day, a second cycling and walking event is set for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, beginning at 10 a.m.
The inaugural Hike & Bike took nearly 1,000 cyclists on a scenic route through downtown, west to Shawnee Park.
This time, Abramson is inviting cyclists, walkers and joggers of all abilities to join him on a special route to Iroquois Park. “We’ll showcase other unique parts of our hometown in our second Hike & Bike,” Abramson said. “But what stays the same is the wonderful opportunity to get out with the family and be active and healthy together.”
The bike route will highlight various Louisville amenities, beginning at Slugger Field and progressing through downtown's medical center, historic Old Louisville, Freedom Park, University of Louisville, Wheelman’s Monument at Wayside Park, the beautiful Beechmont neighborhood, tree-lined Southern Parkway, Iroquois Park and the Iroquois Amphitheater.
The complete bicycle route is 15.5 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 a nd 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 9 a.m.) providing tips on cycling safety, bicycle commuting and other healthy-living information.
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 9 and 10 a.m. Booths with cycling information and bicycle assistance open at 9 a.m., and the Hike & Bike will begin at 10 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.
· Exit Slugger Field to the North, turn left on Witherspoon Street
· Left on 1st Street (water stop near Englehard Elementary in Old Louisville)
· Right on Ormbsy
· Left on 3rd Street (water stop and turn-a-round at Freedom Park; additional water stop and turn-around on 3rd & Southern Parkway at Wayside Park Wheelman's Monument)
· Right on Southern Parkway (double water stop at gazebo Southern Parkway and Woodlawn)
· Enter Iroquois Park
· Half-way point - Iroquois Amphitheater (water stop, bike doctors and Beuhler's Market area)
· Route backtracks to Freedom Park where 3rd and 2nd Street split
· 2nd Street to Liberty
· Right on Liberty to Jackson
· Left on Jackson to Slugger Field
For more information about the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike, visit www.loukymetro.org , or call MetroCall at 311. Hike & Bike Flyer