Louisville Gets First Bike Lockers and Launches Bike Library
Thursday August 13, 2009
Louisville’s first bike lockers were unveiled today on the grounds of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St.
“Louisville will now join such bike-friendly cities as Washington D.C. and San Francisco in making bike lockers available to the public,” said Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman.
The lockers will be available free of charge. People will be required to furnish their own locks. “The lockers provide secure bicycle parking out of the elements,” said Dr. Troutman.
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness also announced the establishment of the Metro Bike Library. Bikes will be available on loan to employees of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to travel to out-of office meeting and to use on lunch breaks. The department will also lend bike helmets and leg straps for use with the bikes and will require bike borrowers to wear helmets. The Department of Metro Public Health and Wellness is also providing bike safety classes to its employees in conjunction with the launch of the Metro Bike Library.
“The Louisville Bike Library is a pilot project that we hope to replicate at other Metro government departments and to businesses throughout Louisville. This initiative will encourage physical activity and help to reduce pollution,” said Dr. Troutman.
The Metro Bike Library and the new bike lockers are a part of the campaign by the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and by the Department of Public Health and Wellness to encourage area residents to become more physically active. They are also part of on-going efforts to make Louisville a more bike-friendly city. Over the past several years Louisville has installed miles of bike lanes throughout the area and has held two bike summits. In 2007 the League of American Bicyclists designated Louisville a bronze level Bike Friendly Community.
For the past five years thousands of Louisville citizens have participated in the Mayor’s Hike and Bikes on Memorial and Labor Day. The Mayor’s Bike and Hike is now the largest non-competitive biking event in the United States. Last week Louisville also launched the StreetSense campaign to make our streets safer for cyclists and for pedestrians.