May is National Bike Month and Bike to Work Month in Louisville. This doesn’t mean any real change for many Broken Sidewalk readers who already depend on their bicycles to get around, but if you haven’t tried commuting car-free, pick up your bike and try it out this month.
Here’s a rundown of some of the events going on in Louisville:
- Bike to Work Day: This is the big event. On Friday, May 21, leave your car in the garage and take a healthy, green commute to work on your bike. Choose your own route or team up with a group of cyclists meeting Iroquois, Seneca, and Shawnee Parks. A celebration will be held at 4th Street Live (you could win a bike). More information, route suggestions, and registration is available at Bike Louisville.
- Bike to Work Day Practice Rides: Want to get some practice for the big bike-commute day? Two practice rides leaving from Iroquois, Seneca, and Shawnee parks will be taking place May 8 and May 14. More info at Bike Louisville.
- Bike to Work Challenge: This team challenge to rack up the most miles on bike between May 1-20 already started, but you can still form a team and compete for prizes. Read more about the challenge at Pedalaround.
- Beyond the Motor City screening: Ride your bike to U of L’s Ekstrom Library on May 10 for a special screening of PBS’ documentary about the past and future of transportation. The film mainly discusses cars vs. transit, but bikes come into play as well. The screening begins at 6:00 PM in the Chao Auditorium. Check out the event’s Facebook page or CART for more info.
- Transportation Alternatives Fair: On May 10, U of L will be hosting a free, outdoor transportation fair and bikes are sure to play a large role. The event takes place at the Rauch Planetarium from 8:00-10:00 AM and reps from various alternative transportation groups and the city will be on hand to give advice on transit and biking. Check out this UL article for more info.
- Bicycle Superhero Basics: Learn how to safely bike in traffic, customize your bike to fit your biking style, gain confidence as a cyclist, and network with other bike enthusiasts at this Bicycling for Louisville class. There are five opportunities to attend in May starting this Saturday. Classes are located in different parts of town and more information is available at Bicycling for Louisville.
No matter what this May, get on your bike and ride.