Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad will join downtown commuters in biking to work Friday morning.
The city holds Bike to Work days twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring. The event gives both new and experienced riders a chance to meet at four locations around Louisville and in southern Indiana and bike downtown in a group.
Mayor’s spokesman Phil Miller says some people may be interested in biking to work, but are unsure about their ability and are uneasy on the roads.
“That’s the beauty of providing central places where people can go to and leave from there to go to their work site with other people who can provide them with that support and that comfort level,” he said.
Plus, Miller says alternative transportation—like bicycles—is great for the community.
“It’s great for the environment, it eases congestion on the streets, it’s just a good thing,” he said. “It’s obviously not for everybody, but people can do it, and the more we provide support for people who want to do it, then the better off the community will be.”
Groups will meet at 7:00 Friday morning at these locations to bike downtown:
• Seneca Park at the basketball court parking lot, just west of the tennis courts
• Iroquois Park at the Amphitheater parking lot
• Shawnee Park at the Southwestern and Broadway entrance and bus stops along Market St. to join the ride
• Southern Indiana at the Park and TARC at Illinois Ave and 9th St.
There will also be a lunchtime celebration at Fourth Street Live with information about bicycle commuting and a chance to win a new bike.