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Mayor's Hike and Bike Set for Labor Day

Monday August 17, 2009

Thousands of cyclists and walkers are expected to join Mayor Jerry Abramson at the 10th Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike on Labor Day, September 7, 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 and walkers of all ages – it’s a Labor Day tradition for many of our residents.”

Subway Restaurants continues as the Hike & Bike title sponsor, with Norton Healthcare a supporting sponsor.

The cycling route, which changes with each event, 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.

The complete bicycle route is 15 miles, with turnoffs available providing alternate routes as short as two miles. For walkers, a wheelchair-accessible route of just over 3 miles will start at Waterfront Park and go across the Second Street bridge and return. 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.

A healthy marketplace with nutritional snacks, free children’s activities and informational booths will begin at 9 a.m. at Waterfront Park. A limited number of free T-shirts will be available. The Brain Injury Association will distribute 300 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 recently announced safety campaign for cyclists and pedestrians –StreetSense – is doing a safety promotion tied to the Hike & Bike. Residents taking an online safety quiz at www.louisvillemojo.com will win a StreetSense Slingpack to use when biking or walking. Winners will claim their packs at the StreetSense booth at the Hike & Bike.

This is the fifth year for the Hike & Bikes, which are held each Memorial Day and Labor Day. The events are part of the 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 Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike
Visit the Hike & Bike website for complete information.

Labor Day, September 7, 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 Event

  • Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike, Saturday, October 17, Jefferson Memorial Forest