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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.

Cyclists Still Second-Class Citizens at the Kentucky State Fair

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
Kentucky State Fair Guide to Fun. (Courtesy Kentucky State Fair)

Kentucky State Fair Guide to Fun. (Courtesy Kentucky State Fair)

The Kentucky State Fair (KSF) begins today, but good luck riding your bike there. Following the KSF’s fumble on bike parking that blew up last year, the fair board is on track to repeat many of the mistakes that have given the it a reputation as bike-unfriendly as far away as Dallas. Like last year, bikes will not be allowed inside the fairgrounds’ gates and the fair offers no incentives for cyclists to attend like other states do, causing jeers from local bike advocates. Which made us surprised to see the KSF proudly declare on its Facebook page:

Grab your helmets and bells, we are a bike friendly facility! In addition to bicycle racks at every gate, the Kentucky State Fair Bicycle Corral is located at Gate 4 in Lot H. The two new bicycle racks at Gate 6 off Preston are designed to meet the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals national standards.

We spoke with Bicycling for Louisville and Metro Louisville’s Bike Louisville to figure out why significant changes weren’t made since last year and what could be done to make things better next year.

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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.

Cyclist Struck Near New Albany

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
3600 block of Scottsville Road, about 4.4 miles from downtown New Albany. (Courtesy Google)

3600 block of Scottsville Road, about 4.4 miles from downtown New Albany. (Courtesy Google)

Monday night, a cyclist was severely injured on the road above when a motorist driving an SUV rear-ended his bicycle. The collision occurred at 9:10 p.m. on Scottsville Road, about 4.4 miles outside downtown New Albany, Indiana. The 27-year-old man was airlifted to Louisville in critical condition with severe head injuries. Fortunately the fire department, located just down the street, arrived quickly to care for the cyclist.

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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.

Comment of the Day: Brownsboro Road Diet

Friday, August 3, 2012 by Broken Sidewalk.
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“I drive through that section [of Brownsboro Road] from time to time on my way home from work depending on traffic conditions elsewhere and/or errands I feel like taking. As a driver I often loathed driving through it, but almost as soon as construction started and even with the usual hassles of construction in progress I find the road diet vastly improving my impression of the road.

“I’ve recently started to notice restaurants on the road that I never noticed in the anxiety-inducing speedway, and now am actually starting to add them to my mental list of places to eat on the way home from work.”

—Max Battcher commenting on Brownsboro Road Diet to Be Complete This Month.

With Big Four Bridge To Open Next Year, Jeffersonville Park Unveiled

Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
Aerial view of Big Four Station in Jeffersonville. (Courtesy The Estopinal Group)

Aerial view of Big Four Station in Jeffersonville. (Courtesy The Estopinal Group)

On Thursday, July 19, Wayne Estopinal didn’t know what kind of response he would receive when he stood in front of a crowd in Jeffersonville to display his firm’s latest concepts for Big Four Station, a park surrounding the northern approach to the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge over the Ohio River. “I came here ready for a battle,” Estopinal said. “In reality, people really liked it. It was really well received.” Estopinal is principal at The Estopinal Group, an architectural firm with offices in Louisville and Southern Indiana who designed the latest component of the Big Four project with Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group.

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12-Lane Highway Gets Started With Ceremonial Wrecking of Downtown

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by Branden Klayko.
The old Vermont American Building a few years ago. (Branden Klayko)

The old Vermont American Building a few years ago. (Branden Klayko)

The destruction of Downtown Louisville by twelve lanes of steel and concrete—about 280 feet wide when massive shoulders are added in—began yesterday with the ceremonial wrecking of a portion of the historic Vermont American Building on the corner of Main and Jackson streets. Governor Beshear, Mayor Fischer, Congressman Yarmuth, Metro Council-member Tandy, and a cadre of other officials gathered to mark the occasion of what’s being billed as the start of the Downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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