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Louisville to Celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday May 20

Wednesday May 11, 2011

People throughout Louisville are encouraged to ride their bikes to work on Friday May 20, Bike to Work Day.

Bike to Work Day is sponsored by the Mayors Healthy Hometown Movement and Bike Louisville, both programs of Louisville Metro Government. The goal is to encourage people to use bikes to commute to work for exercise and to improve the environment.

“I’ll be riding my bike to work on Friday May 20 and I urge Louisville citizens to ride their bikes to work that day as well,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “We’ll be getting exercise and, with the price of gas going up each week, we’ll be saving a few dollars.”

Those who register for Bike to Work Day will be eligible to win a Trek 7000 bike at the Bike to Work celebration that will be held at noon on May 20 at Fourth Street Live. There will also be free giveaways such as water bottles and leg straps. To register for Bike to Work Day go to http://www.louisvilleky.gov/BikeLouisville/biketoworkday2011.

There will be four Meet and Ride locations where bike commuters can meet on May 20 to ride as a group to worksites in downtown Louisville. The Meet and Ride locations are:

· Seneca Park Meet & Ride
Meet at the basketball court parking lot just west of the tennis courts on Friday, May 20th at 7:00 a.m.

· Shawnee Park Meet & Ride
Meet at the Southwestern and Broadway entrance on Friday, May 20th at 7:00 a.m.

· Iroquois Park Meet & Ride
Meet at the Amphitheater parking lot on Friday, May 20th at 7:00 a.m.

· Southern Indiana Meet & Ride
Meet at the Park and TARC at Illinois Ave and 9th street on Friday, May 20 at 7:00 a.m.

To encourage bike commuting Bike Louisville is also offering individual bike escorts who will ride with people unaccustomed to bike commuting. The bike escorts will meet new riders at a location near home and accompany them to their work site throughout the entire month of May.

Also occurring during May is the Louisville Bike to Work Challenge, a friendly competition to encourage people in Louisville to use bikes for transportation. Teams of five riders each will track the number of bike trips they make from May 1 to May 19. The winning team will be recognized at the Bike to Work celebration at Fourth Street Live on May 20.

Other event sponsors include the Louisville Defender Newspaper, Whole Foods, Clif Bar, Heine Brothers Coffee, Java Brewing Company, LEO Weekly, Louisville Public Media,, Ride to the Cure, Scheller’s Fitness and Cycling, and TourdeCure.

For more information on Bike to Work Day, phone 547-6553 or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/BikeLouisville/biketoworkday2011.

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