Louisville Celebrates Bike to Work Day 2009
Thursday May 7, 2009
‘Meet & Ride’ locations available on May 15
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for Louisville’s participation in National Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 15th. The city’s Bike Louisville program has created an online registration site where riders can sign up to ride to work and register to win a free commuter bike.
To encourage riders, three Meet & Ride locations will available so people can meet in the morning and ride together downtown. The Meet & Ride locations are in Seneca Park, Shawnee Park and Iroquois Park. A Bike to Work Day Celebration will be held Friday at 12 p.m. at 4th Street Live, hosted by WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners, a bike commuter.
“Louisville is a bike town,”Abramson said. “Many people ride recreationally, but we also have a fast-growing number of bike commuters. The work we’re doing to add bike lanes and paths and to increase safety and education is making cycling a more comfortable and attractive option.”
First-time or regular bicycle commuters are encouraged to register for Bike to Work Day so the city can gather data on how many people are interested in using their bicycle as a form of transportation. By registering, participants are eligible to win a new Trek 7000 commuting bike and other giveaways provided at the lunchtime celebration, co-sponsored by Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling. The registration site is at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/bikelouisville and features maps of the Meet & Ride locations and tips on how to be a bicycle commuter.
As of May 7th, over 350 cyclists had already registered to participate, with over one third first-time bike commuters. The city estimates that up to 600 people will bike to work on May 15th. Abramson said drivers should expect to see cyclists on the roadway everyday, but especially on Louisville’s Bike to Work Day.
In 2008, Bicycling Magazine named Louisville one of the nation’s three most-improved cities for bicycling. Outdoor Magazine named Louisville one of the America’s best cities, in part because of its expanded commitment to biking. Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, said, “Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out.”
Tips to Help You Enjoy Biking to Work More
Bike Safety Classes
- Have your bike checked over by a local bike shop
- Always wear a helmet to protect your head
- Ride in the right-most lane that goes in the direction that you are traveling
- Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings
- Look before you change lanes or signal a turn; indicate your intention, then act
- Be visible and predictable at all times; wear bright clothing and signal turns
- Vist the Bike Louisville website to learn more about safe routes around town
Those interested in increasing their confidence on a bicycle and learning more about bike safety and the rules of the road should visit www.bicyclingforlouisville.org
to learn more about free classes being offered now and after Bike to Work Day.