Kentucky State Fair

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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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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.