Wednesday May 11, 2005
May 2005 marks the 49th Annual National Bike Month™ designated by the League of American Bicyclists and Louisville will celebrate National Bike-to-Work Week May 16-20, 2005.
“With such an overwhelmingly positive response from our first Louisville Bicycle Summit in February, we are continually looking for new and better ways to encourage folks to ride their bikes for recreation, and for health,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “Bike to Work Week is a perfect opportunity to get out of your cars and onto your bikes.”
Bike-to-Work Week will culminate in a local celebration at Jefferson Square Park, at 6th and Jefferson Streets, on Friday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include vendors, food, entertainment and giveaways.
Part of the day’s event includes a bike giveaway from Rodale, Bicycling Magazine’s publisher, in recognition of Louisville being named one of 20 BikeTown Communities across the country.
Abramson accepted the award of this designation at February’s Bike Summit, and will assist in giving the bikes away. Fifty winners submitted essays, describing how they would use a new bike or how a bike could change their life, and were selected from among nearly 500 essay submissions.
Earlier in the day, there will be organized bike rides for interested bicycle commuters. Starting at 7:30 a.m., bicyclists can meet at one of six locations strategically located around the community to commute to either the downtown or University of Louisville areas.
• St. Matthews/Seneca Park to Downtown – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Old Louisville to Downtown – email@example.com or 637-1957
• Mid-City Mall to Downtown – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Java Brewing in Prospect to Downtown – email@example.com or 287-2058
• Mid-City Mall to UofL – firstname.lastname@example.org Bowman Field to UofL – email@example.com