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Saturday! Waterfront Fashion Week Bike Ride to the Runway

Thursday, October 18, 2012 by Broken Sidewalk.
(Courtesy Mona Simone)

(Courtesy Mona Simone)

It’s officially fashion week in Louisville, and the first annual Waterfront Fashion Week has officially recognized bikes as a required fashion accessory—and a great way to get around. To celebrate, a fashionable bike ride will be departing from Theater Square on Fourth Street this Saturday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m., so don your most couture bicycling garb and take a ride through Downtown to the WFW tent at Waterfront Park’s Big Four Lawn where Louisville’s newest bike lane is the runway. Reserve your spot and tell your friends on the event’s Facebook page.

Thursday! City Suds at Zanzabar Tackles the Bloomberg Challenge

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
Join us for City Suds at Zanzabar!

Join us for City Suds at Zanzabar!

What’s Louisville’s big idea? This Thursday, August 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., join us for the next City Suds Urbanism Happy Hour at Zanzabar (2100 South Preston Street), which is quickly shaping up to being a monthly event. We’ll be taking on the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, brainstorming ideas for Louisville to bring home the $5 million dollar prize, and if we come up with something good, we’ll send it along to Mayor Fischer for consideration. What’s the Mayors Challenge?

The Mayors Challenge is a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with cities across the nation.

And there’s $5 million at stake, so our idea has to be good! What can Louisville do to improve the quality of life of its diverse communities? How can the city become a sustainability leader? What’s our secret strategy to overthrow Portland, Oregon as the “capital of biking?” Louisville is competing against 393 other cities, and five winners will be selected to receive one of four $1 million prizes or the $5 million grand prize to help make the idea a reality.  (Wondering what kind of big ideas they’re thinking of? Here are a few examples.) Louisville has until September 14 to submit ideas, so we’re thinking we better get started! While there’s going to be some big thinking going on, remember that City Suds is a social happy hour, all about city life, meeting your fellow urbanists, and having a good time, so bring your ideas and your friends this Thursday!

(Oh, and this is a great opportunity to drop off your registration forms for PARK(ing) Day 502 this year! Registration ends Friday, August 18 so we have plenty of time to square the permits with the city before the big event on September 21. If your still on the fence, it’s easy to participate in PARK(ing) Day and create your own pop-up public space. All the details are at

Car-Free Happy Hour Set for August 22, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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The next Car-Free Happy Hour will take place on Wednesday, August 22 from 5:10 to 8:00 p.m. at the Fourth Street Bluegrass Brewing Company location in Theater Square. You can tell your friends and RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.

Sunday: Confidently Cycle Bardstown Road (for Ice Cream!)

Friday, August 3, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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Are you interested in bicycling more but a little overwhelmed at riding down streets like Bardstown Road? It’s easy to bike where a dedicated bike lane or trail doesn’t exist, especially if you know how to be a confident cyclist. Luckily Bicycling for Louisville and David Morse are holding another free course in safe bike riding this Sunday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. According to the event’s Facebook page, the discussion will begin in Tyler Park at the Really, Really Free Market:

We will discuss a safe and easy cycling strategy, then ride ~2 miles down Bardstown to go get Ice Cream! …and practice biking Bardstown Road.

You can RSVP and tell your friends here.

August 1: Learn About PARK(ing) Day at City Suds Urbanism Happy Hour

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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Learn about PARK(ing) Day at City Suds Urbanism Happy Hour!

Learn about PARK(ing) Day at City Suds Urbanism Happy Hour!

Back by popular demand, mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 1st between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Eiderdown on Goss Avenue. The next City Suds Urbanism Happy Hour is geared toward PARK(ing) Day 502, that single day in September when cities across the globe convert parking spaces into temporary public places to draw attention to how we allocate public space in our cities. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to attend the event, but PARK(ing) Day co-organizers Patrick Piuma, Director of the Urban Design Studio, and Patrick Smith, Author of MapGrapher, will be on hand to let you know how the process works, showcase a few pop-up parks from across the country, and offer pointers for building your own park.

Last year, Louisville had seven great pop-up parks located around the core of the city, and this year we’re hoping to see even more! PARK(ing) Day is a great way for your office to get outside and work on laptops for the day, for your organization to get some exposure, and for you to help keep Louisville weird. Stop by the City Suds Urbanism Happy Hour to pick up your free registration form, ask any questions you might have about the event, and chat with your fellow urbanists.

Even if you don’t plan on building a PARK(ing) Day pop-up park, head over for some discussion and brainstorming on how to improve Louisville’s public realm. And be sure to follow PARK(ing) Day 502 on Twitter @parkingday502, like our Facebook page, and tell your friends about the event here. You can check out more information on PARK(ing) Day 502, view pop-up park inspiration galleries, and download a free registration form on the official PARK(ing) Day 502 website.

Connecting Kentuckiana: Still Time to Weigh in on Future of Transportation

Monday, June 18, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
Help rethink transportation at Connecting Kentuckiana. (Branden Klayko)

Help rethink transportation at Connecting Kentuckiana. (Branden Klayko)

There’s still time to help shape the Metropolitan Transportation Plan called Connecting Kentuckiana which has been undergoing a series of public meetings. There are several more meetings this week, including one this afternoon at 5:30 at the Bon Air Branch Library. It’s crucial that we get this plan right as it will help shape the Louisville region for the next 25 years and describes how federal funds will be distributed to projects across the city. That includes sidewalks, streets, bike lanes, transit, and more.

The plan is being developed by KIPDA, Louisville’s metropolitan planning organization covering a five-county region around Louisville. Stop by one of the final public meetings over the next week and fill out KIPDA’s online questionnaire to help keep Louisville moving in the right direction. What would you like to see included in the plan?

June 18 - Bon Air Branch Library (2816 Del Rio Place), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

June 19 - Fern Creek Branch Library  (6786 Bardstown Road), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

June 21 - Clarksville Town Hall (2000 Broadway, Clarksville), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

June 25 -  Crescent Hill Branch Library  (2762 Frankfort Avenue), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

June 28 - Ken Ellis Community Center (21425 Pennsylvania Avenue, Jeffersonville), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Car-Free Happy Hour on Wednesday, June 20

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
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According to the Car-Free Happy Hour Facebook event page, “Car-Free Happy Hour will be kicking it up two notches this month with classic video game and pinball fun at the ultra-hip Zanzabar!” As is usual with these gatherings, people interested in transportation options other than the automobile will be on hand for a lively discussion on transportation and more. It’s a great opportunity for a bike ride or trying out TARC like you’ve been meaning to. So head on over to Zanzabar (2100 South Preston Street) between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. next Wednesday.

Thursday! Toast Louisville at Inaugural City Suds

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 by Branden Klayko.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we have some updating to do—and it’s on its way—but while I’m in town, let’s get together and talk cities over a happy hour. Stop on by the Garage Bar on East Market Street tomorrow, Thursday, June 7 at 5:30 and meet your fellow urbanists sitting on one of those giant green benches out on the patio. We’re keeping this first City Suds urbanism happy our very informal, but hope to keep it going as a regular thing. Hope to see you there!

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