Bicycling for Louisville

Bicycling for Louisville, the city’s top bike-advocacy and education nonprofit, is hosting its inaugural Fall Ride Series this year, which kicks off this Sunday, September 21 with the People’s Climate March Sustainability Bike Tour. There are four rides in the series, including the Germantown / Schnitzelburg History Tour, the Urban Homesteading Tour, and the Cherokee / Seneca Park History & Ecology Ride.

Here’s some info on Sunday’s ride from Bicycling for Louisville:

On September 21 good people from all over the country will converge on NYC for the People’s Climate March. Kentuckiana will join together in solidarity beginning at noon at Memorial Park. Following this event, the Sustainability Bike Tour will highlight some local initiatives—Lots of Food, St. William Catholic Church, Parkland Community Garden, and B4L’s Falls City Community Bikeworks—that are actively working to combat climate change. We’ll end the tour downtown at ReSurfaced, in support of Love Louisville Trees’ Stouts for Sprouts fundraiser.

The 11-mile ride takes place from 2:30–6:30 p.m. and launches from Memorial Park at Fourth and Kentucky streets. If you’ve been considering getting into biking but haven’t made it onto the streets yet, these group rides are excellent ways to get your bearings and meet others in Louisville’s bicycling community. Tickets are $12 for one ride or $30 for all four and can be purchased here.

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

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A crowd with cargo-bikes gathers for a bike move. (Courtesy Bicycling for Louisville)
A crowd with cargo-bikes gathers for a bike move. (Courtesy Bicycling for Louisville)
A crowd with cargo-bikes gathers for a bike move. (Courtesy Bicycling for Louisville)
A crowd with cargo-bikes gathers for a bike move. (Courtesy Bicycling for Louisville)

In what could be one of the most visible signs or car-independence, on Saturday, February 4, one Louisville family is moving into a new house entirely by bike. Bicycling for Louisville is helping a family that recently moved from Manhattan relocate into a permanent home just off Frankfort Avenue.

Park(ing) Day at the Urban Design Studio. (Branden Klayko)
Park(ing) Day at the Urban Design Studio. (Branden Klayko)
Park(ing) Day at the Urban Design Studio. (Branden Klayko)
Park(ing) Day at the Urban Design Studio. (Branden Klayko)

Thanks to everyone who helped make Park(ing) Day 2011 such a huge success in Louisville! On Friday, September 16, we transformed six parallel parking spots in the core of Louisville into pop-up parklets for the day (and a seventh on-street bike parking spot!) and invited the public to join us in reevaluating how we’re utilizing our limited public resources across the city. With help from the Broken Sidewalk community, each of the pop-up parklets was unique ranging from an urban farm (above) to a zen-inspired folk art park to a model city to a hammock park!

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Urban Garden Tour on September 24, 2011. (Courtesy Bicycling for Louisville)
Urban Garden Tour on September 24, 2011. (Courtesy Bicycling for Louisville)
Urban Garden Tour on September 24, 2011. (Courtesy Bicycling for Louisville)
Urban Garden Tour on September 24, 2011. (Courtesy Bicycling for Louisville)

Bicycling for Louisville is stepping it up this year with creative new events that involve riding a bike! They’ve already pulled off the Bats & Bikes event combining baseball and pedal power, but now they’ve gone green with a bike-powered Urban Garden Tour to take place Saturday, September 24!

Looking for something to do now that you’re boycotting the Kentucky State Fair for their ridiculous anti-bike policy? Bicycling for Louisville has you covered! This Thursday, ride on over to Louisville Slugger Field for the first annual Bats & Bikes event at 7:00p.m. where you’ll find free valet bike parking, prizes, and free tickets to the game for the first 40 new or renewing members! Cheer on the Louisville Bats as they take on Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the company of fellow cyclists.

 

I mentioned this event last week, but it’s worth repeating. Tonight at 6:00 PM, a new PBS documentary called Beyond the Motor City will be shown at the Chao Auditorium at the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library. The film will look at the future of transportation in America through the filter of Detroit. The trailer looks like it’s going to be a good show. The event is free and sponsored by CART, Bicycling for Louisville, and the Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Louisville.