This past Sunday’s CycLOUvia on Frankfort Avenue was a resounding success by any measure. Crowds were seen walking, riding bikes and skateboards, and generally having a good time in Louisville’s greatest public space asset: out streets.
For the vast majority of the year, we shut down our streets and turn these public spaces over to those whose price of admission is a private automobile. And as we’ve seen, this was a move carefully orchestrated by the automobile industry itself to help sell more cars.
That’s why the CycLOUvia concept is part of a greater Open Streets movement. CycLOUvia didn’t shut Frankfort Avenue down, as a Courier-Journal headline about the event read, rather it opened the street up for use as the true public space that our streets represent.
CycLOUvia is a small part of how Louisville is slowly becoming a more diverse city in terms of transportation choice. It shows people how much fun a human pace on foot or a bike can be when getting around the city—and so much more. Be sure to check out our 11 reasons CycLOUvia makes Louisville an even better city!
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Share your observations of Louisville’s growing Open Streets movement in the comments below. See you at the next CycLOUvia!
[All photos by Broken Sidewalk.]