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Mayor's Hike and Bike Set for Labor Day

Friday August 20, 2010

Thousands of cyclists and walkers are expected to join  Mayor Jerry Abramson at the 12th Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike on Labor Day, September 6, 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 presenting sponsor.

The 15-mile cycling route, with an optional leg for a total of 18 miles, will take cyclists along the scenic Northwestern and Southwestern Parkways and into Shawnee Park, one of Louisville’s signature Olmsted-designed parks. An optional route of just over three miles will journey across the Second Street bridge, giving cyclists a close-up view of the nearly completed KFC Yum! Center arena. Turnoffs will provide alternate cycling routes as short as two miles.

For walkers, a wheelchair-accessible 5K course of just over 3 miles will start at Waterfront Park, cross the Second Street bridge, then return to Waterfront Park. 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.

Both the cycling and walking routes will be marked with signage and will include water stops staffed by volunteers to assist participants. The Louisville Bicycle Club is providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road. “Bike doctors” will be in Waterfront Park before the ride and 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 StreetSense safety campaign for cyclists and pedestrians will have a booth at the Hike & Bike.

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:

Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Subway Fresh Fit Hike & Bike

Labor Day, September 6, 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 16, Jefferson Memorial Forest