Bike Parking

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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 new bike rack at the Nachbar. (Courtesy Tipster)
A new bike rack at the Nachbar. (Courtesy Tipster)
A new bike rack at the Nachbar. (Courtesy Tipster)
A new bike rack at the Nachbar. (Courtesy Tipster)

Germantown’s iconic Nachbar has always been a popular place to ride your bike (or your moped), but until now, you were lucky to find a street sign to lock it to. Now, though, riding your bike to the Nach’ will net you the best parking space to be had, right at the front door. A tipster sent in the above photo showing the newly installed bike racks, fresh concrete dust still on the ground from where the metal posts were screwed in. We’re predicting the rack will be overflowing on the weekends and you’re still going to have to lock up at the corner sign post, but that’s good news, right?

(David Morse / CART)
(David Morse / CART)
Lakeside Swim Club. (Courtesy Bing)
Lakeside Swim Club. (Courtesy Bing)

Lakeside Swim Club is a huge complex of swimming pools in the Highlands of Louisville. The club draws people like a grocery store or small college, but it does so without car parking lots. How do they do it? Unusually for Louisville, Lakeside has meaningful policies and infrastructure that strongly encourage bicycling and walking.

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"As the Old Crow Flies" on East Market Street. (Courtesy The Green Building)
"As the Old Crow Flies" on East Market Street. (Courtesy The Green Building)
“As the Old Crow Flies” on East Market Street. (Courtesy The Green Building)

Following up on the new sculpture-slash-bike-rack at The Green Building called “As the Old Crow Flies” by Jacob Heustis, a few tipsters have written in with mixed thoughts on the functionality of the piece as a bike rack, but readers generally remarked that the sculpture is a great addition to Nulu, and judging by last Friday’s trolley hop twitter chatter, quite a crowd gathered for the unveiling.

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Bourbon Barrel Sign Post Bike Rack Sculpture. (Courtesy Jacob Heustis)
Bourbon Barrel Sign Post Bike Rack Sculpture. (Courtesy Jacob Heustis)
Bourbon Barrel Sign Post Bike Rack Sculpture. (Courtesy Jacob Heustis)
Bourbon Barrel Sign Post Bike Rack Sculpture. (Courtesy Jacob Heustis)

Ride on down to the Green Building at 732 East Market Street tomorrow night for the First Friday Trolley Hop where Nulu legend Gill Holland and artist Jacob Heustis will be unveiling Louisville’s latest bike rack sculpture. Holland came up with the idea for the bourbon-themed totem called “As the Old Crow Flies” which points to each of the six distilleries on the Bourbon Trail: Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Marker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve.

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New bike parking on Frankfort Avenue. (Courtesy Green Triangle)
New bike parking on Frankfort Avenue. (Courtesy Green Triangle)
New bike parking on Frankfort Avenue. (Courtesy Green Triangle)
New bike parking on Frankfort Avenue. (Courtesy Green Triangle)

New bike parking has been installed in a parking lot along Frankfort Avenue near the corner of Keats Avenue. The 12-bike rack takes up the space of just one car parking space in the public lot. According to the Green Triangle blog, this is the first time a car parking space has been replaced by bike parking in Louisville.

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Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. (Map via Lojic)
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. (Map via Lojic)
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. (Map via Lojic)
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. (via Lojic)

An internal memo from the Kentucky State Fair surfaced a few days ago (when a cyclist was turned away from the fair) revealing the fair’s regressive transportation policy banning bikes from the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. According to the note from Jerry Frantz, executive director at the Kentucky State Fair Board, cyclists are required to leave their bikes  at the periphery gates and walk through a vast sea of parking and cars before finally reaching the fair. The memo has rightly hit a nerve among Louisville’s cycling community and a Boycott the Kentucky State Fair page has been established on Facebook.

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No bike parking at the Dutchmans Lane Shopping Center. (Erik Weber)
No bike parking at the Dutchmans Lane Shopping Center. (Erik Weber)
No bike parking at the Dutchmans Lane Shopping Center. (Erik Weber)
No bike parking at the Dutchmans Lane Shopping Center. (Erik Weber)

In many cities, particularly examples like Louisville that aren’t quite as far along on bike infrastructure as the usual velo-havens (Portland, Minneapolis, et al), you don’t have to look far to find bikes locked up outside businesses, but lacking a real bike rack. These bikes are usually latched to anything in sight: parking meters, trees, hand rails, exposed pipes.

Some places will take the initiative and install a bike rack, or petition the city to have them installed. Most just sit around and do nothing. Apparently, the YMCA of Greater Louisville is one of the latter.