May, much like the eleven other months of the year, is “Bike Everywhere Month.” And today is the first day of National Bike to Work Week. Every year, May hosts a panoply of bike-related events, meant to raise the awareness of biking nationwide in hopes that a few people each year might continue with the habit long into the summer.
In Louisville, there’s an exciting line-up of bike-related events already taking place. The signature event, Bike to Work Day, takes place this Friday, May 15. Ride your own route to work or join up with other cyclists at one of four “meet & ride” locations in Shawnee Park, Iroquois Park, Seneca Park, or Southern Indiana. A city-wide celebration will take place from 11:30a.m. until 1:00p.m. at 4th Street Live! where a new bike from Parkside Bikes will be given away. Register and find out more information at Metro Louisville’s Bike Louisville website.
Also, don’t miss:
- The Broke Down Bike Club is hosting a “bike-in-movie ride” complete with a selection of New Belgium beer. The ride starts at Frankfort Avenue‘s Hilltop Tavern at 6:50p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 and pedals to Buckheads on the River in Southern Indiana for a parking lot party and movie showing of Breaking Away at 8:45p.m.
- The Filson Historical Society is hosting the “Young Faces in Old Spaces” Bicycle House Tour on Sunday, May 17 between 1:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. The self-guided tour will visit restored historic homes, tying in nicely with another May cause: National Preservation Month. The event also includes a picnic dinner with brats and beer at the Filson. Bicycling for Louisville is providing bike parking at locations without bike racks. Ticket cost $15 and can be purchased on the Filson’s website.
- Bicycling for Louisville has details on more events happening throughout May on its website. Highlights include providing bike parking for the Old Louisville Spring Fest, LIBA’s Buy Local Fair, the Kentucky Reggae Festival, and the WFPK Waterfront Wednesday concert. Wrapping up the month on May 30, you can also join in on the Beargrass Creek Trail Bike and Canoe Ride.