Friday September 21, 2012
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Bardstown Rd./Baxter Ave., from Broadway to the Douglass Loop, will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, October 14, from 2 – 6 p.m. to become a paved linear park, where residents and visitors can bike, walk, skate, and dance.
“Practiced around the world, other ‘cyclovias’ have become a street fair in the truest sense of the word, where people can take to the street as they would a park and where they don’t have to worry about the speed or danger of cars,” Fischer said.
Louisville’s CycLOUvia is part of Kentucky’s 2nd Sunday Open Streets program, the only statewide program of its kind in the country. It is designed to encourage more communities to close streets to cars and open them to people.
“CycLOUvia is certainly in step with our goal of creating a healthier Louisville,” Fischer said. “It also will help encourage alternative transportation options and pedestrian and bicycle safety, it’s good for economic development and it’s a great way to bring our citizens together.”
Commercial establishments with frontage along the Bardstown Rd./Baxter corridor are encouraged to open their businesses during event hours and engage participants to create an atmosphere that is uniquely Louisville.
Fischer is encouraging people to donate funds to support the event through a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. “Putting on community events takes a lot of resources and we are looking for community support from a grassroots level to help with this great event.”
During the event, the two middle lanes will be open to bicycle use, and the two outer curb lanes will be used only for pedestrians and other non-bicycle uses. The route will have police-assisted vehicle crossings at specified main intersections.
For more information, and for a link to the Kickstarter fundraiser, go to www.cyclouvia.org.