Don’t forget to ride your bike to work this Friday, May 21 for Bike to Work Day. The event is going to be taking place rain or shine and you can choose your own route or meet up with groups of cyclists at three locations: Iroquois Park, Seneca Park, and Shawnee Park.
The group rides will leave at 7:00 a.m. and there’s parking available if you need it. Group riders must wear helmets. You can get more info on these Meet & Ride routes at Bike Louisville. You can also plan your own route using an online utility such as Ride the City Louisville.
Here are some highlights of what else is planned for Bike to Work Day 2010:
- Don’t forget to register for Bike to Work Day 2010 over at the Bike Louisville web site. According to the city, 600 people registered last year and 200 of those were first time riders, so there’s no need to worry that you won’t fit in. Bike commuting by no means you need to break out the spandex, although I suppose you could if you wanted to. This year, the city set a goal of 800 registered riders and 300 first time bike commuters. Registration ends on May 20 at noon.
- Pick up a free cup of coffee at any Heine Brothers Coffee or Java Brewing Company location if you commute by bike on Bike to Work Day!
- New Louisville Bike Maps available at the Bike to Work Day celebration at 4th Street Live. Bike Louisville and WFPK 91.9 will be gathering at noon on Bike to Work Day for a celebration of all things bicycle-related. Meet fellow cyclists, learn more about bike commuting, and talk with bike-related vendors. They will also be giving away a Trek 7000 bike complete with packs and rack to some lucky cyclist.
- Check out that nifty map posted above and below showing the starting and ending points of registered cyclists from Bike to Work Day 2009. It looks like there was a good deal of cycling going on across the city. Hat tip to CART for finding the map.
- A new Facebook group hoping to draft Mayor Abramson to ride his bike this Friday has formed, although the Mayor will be out of town for the big day. The group page says the Mayor deserves thanks for helping to make Louisville more bike friendly. Chris Poynter with Abramson’s office says another ride will be scheduled soon for those interested in cycling with the Mayor. I’ll let you know when the new date is.
- F*** Gas informs us that a new Street Sense commercial aimed at increasing cycling safety and awareness will be filmed on Bike to Work Day. To participate in the video shoot, show up at the Gazebo on top of Dog Hill in Cherokee Park at 6:45 PM. There’s a Facebook page for the event as well and a ride through the park planned after the shoot. (I also posted another recent bike safety video from the city last week.)
Still think you can’t commute to work? Metro Louisville has a handy guide to squash your “I can’t commute by bike” excuses. Check it out here.