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Mayor’s Hike & Bike Returns for Labor Day

Thursday August 17, 2006

Series of cycling, walking, jogging events continues September 4

Mayor Abramson once again is inviting cyclists, walkers and joggers of all abilities to get active and get healthy at the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike – set for Labor Day, Monday, September 4, beginning at 10 a.m.

Since the Hike & Bike series began last year, thousands of citizens have joined the mayor in cycling or walking scenic routes through downtown, historic neighborhoods and scenic parks.  The Labor Day Hike & Bike will begin at Waterfront Park and proceed west to Shawnee Park.  More than 1,800 people participated in the Memorial Day Hike & Bike.
“One of the components of my Healthy Hometown Movement is focused on providing people opportunities to be healthy, as well as to come together with friends and family to enjoy our city,” Abramson said.  “Our Hike & Bikes have received a tremendous response, and we’re looking forward to continuing the positive momentum in getting people motivated to get fit.”

The bike route will highlight various Louisville amenities, beginning at Waterfront Park and progressing west through the Main Street cultural arts corridor through the historic Portland and Shawnee neighborhoods to Shawnee Park and then return to Waterfront Park via the scenic RiverWalk along the Ohio River.

The complete bicycle route is approximately 15 miles, but there will be several turnoffs available providing alternate routes as short as two miles.  For walkers, a one-mile “Mayor’s Mile” loop will be marked in Waterfront Park.

The route will be marked with signage and include several break stations staffed by volunteers to assist with directions and water.  In addition, the Louisville Bicycle Club is providing “bike captains” to help cyclists obey the rules of the road, as well as “bike doctors” along the way to assist cyclists who might encounter equipment problems.  Louisville Metro Police will provide traffic assistance at key intersections and the Louisville Metro EMS bicycle team will patrol the route.

The Waterfront Park starting and finishing point also will feature a health-fair atmosphere with nutritional snacks, music and several informational booths providing tips on cycling safety, bicycle commuting and other healthy-living information.  In addition, free children’s activities will be provided. The first 1,000 to attend will receive a free T-shirt.

The Hike & Bike is a component of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, designed to encourage Louisville residents to be more active and make healthier lifestyle choices. 

If You Go
Mayor’s Hike and Bike at Waterfront Park, beginning at 10 a.m. for experienced riders, with a second flight for families and casual riders set to leave a few minutes later. Booths with cycling information, bicycle assistance and healthy snacks available. On-street parking is available near Waterfront Park.  All TARC buses are equipped with bicycle racks for those cyclists who want to leave the car at home.

The Route

  • Exit Waterfront Park to the West
  • Follow the signs marking the route along West Main Street, to Northwestern and Southwestern Parkway to Shawnee Park
  • Halfway point is the Shawnee Park Lilly Pond (water stop and bike doctors available)
  • Return to Waterfront following the signs in Shawnee Park to the RiverWalk

Healthy Information

For more information about this and other fun and healthy activities, visit our Community Relations and Events website or the Mayor's Healthy Hometown site.

Brought to you in part by KAIRE, Kentuckiana Air Education and supported by Elations, for Healthier Joints.


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Click to enlarge images.  Courtesy of O'Neil Arnold Photography

Hike and Bike 2006

Hike and Bike 2006

Hike and Bike 2006

Hike and Bike 2006