Bike Louisville

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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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New bike lane on Goldsmith Lane. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
New bike lane on Goldsmith Lane. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
New bike lane on Goldsmith Lane. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
New bike lane on Goldsmith Lane. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)

A new bike lane has been striped on Goldsmith Lane between Bardstown Road and Bon Air Avenue in the Bon Air neighborhood. The two five-to-six-foot lanes were created by narrowing two travel lanes from 12-feet wide to ten feet and eliminating an eight-foot parking lane on one side of the street.

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(Courtesy Metro Louisville)
(Courtesy Metro Louisville)
(Courtesy Metro Louisville)
(Courtesy Metro Louisville)

Bike Louisville also tipped us off on a fancy new app for MetroCall 311 that allows smart phone users to flag a problem on a map and even send in a photo of problems you see around town. The app runs on the iPhone and the Windows 7 phone, but the city is expecting a Droid version sometime soon. More info here. Also, we also have a See.Click.Fix map up there at the top of the page where you can tag problems you see across the metro area.

Bike Lou suggests that all of you bikers should go out a snap photos of potholes and debris in bike lanes across the city for a more pleasant cycling experience, and we have to agree. Get snapping!

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Bike traffic counter on Beargrass Creek trail (Courtesy tipster)
Bike traffic counter on Beargrass Creek trail (Courtesy tipster)
Bike traffic counter on Beargrass Creek trail (Courtesy tipster)
Bike traffic counter on Beargrass Creek trail. (Courtesy tipster)

A tipster spotted this tube bike counter on the Beargrass Creek bike trail a few weeks ago and wondered what was up. The counter belongs to Bike Louisville, the bike advocacy arm of Metro Louisville. They recently purchased their very own counter and have been placing it around town for three-week intervals to check up on bike traffic.

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Bike parking inside a garage (Photo courtesy Metro Lou)
Bike parking inside a garage (Photo courtesy Metro Lou)
Bike parking inside a garage (Photo courtesy Metro Lou)
Bike parking inside a garage. (Courtesy Metro Lou)

Metro Louisville is planning to add hundreds of new sheltered bike parking spaces within walking distance of the new KFC Yum! Center and the first pilot spaces have already been installed. Bike Louisville has partnered with the Parking Authority of River City (PARC) to install dozens of bike corrals inside garages across Downtown.

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New bike lane on 8th Street (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
New bike lane on 8th Street (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
New bike lane on 8th Street (Courtesy Bike Louisville)
New bike lane on 8th Street. (Courtesy Bike Louisville)

Earlier this summer (in June to be exact), a new bike lane was installed on Eighth Street in Downtown Louisville. The lane stretches from Market Street to Broadway. As part of Louisville’s Complete Streets policy, bike lanes and sidewalks must be installed when a road is reconstructed—in this case repaved (unless certain conditions are met).

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Bike Louisville recently released a new bike safety video just in time for Bike to Work Month. Here’s some info from Bike Louisville:

Check out our brand-new bike safety video for Louisville, featuring Kirby Adams and co-written by local cycling guru Joe Ward! The video covers the ABC Bike Quick Check, where to ride in traffic, where not to ride and lots more!

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