Economic Growth and Innovation Newsroom
City to Hold Three CycLOUvia Events
Tuesday September 10, 2013
Based on the resounding success of the inaugural CycLOUvia last fall, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the city will sponsor three more Open Streets events through the spring of 2014. The selected sites for the upcoming events are Bardstown Road, West Broadway and Frankfort Avenue. For these events, the roadways will close to vehicular traffic to become a paved linear park, where residents and visitors can bike, walk, skate, dance, or participate in other programmed activities. The first of three CycLOUvias will take place on Bardstown Rd./Baxter Ave., from Broadway to the Douglass Loop, on Sunday, October 13, from 2 – 6 p.m. Specific dates and blocks for the spring CycLOUvias have yet to be determined. “Practiced around the world, other ‘cyclovias’ have become a street fair in the truest sense of the word, where people can take to the street as they would a park and where they don’t have to worry about the speed or danger of cars,” Fischer said. “Not only does our CycLOUvia event create a healthier Louisville, it also helps encourage alternative transportation options, brings citizens together and encourages economic development.” Louisville’s CycLOUvia is part of Kentucky’s 2nd Sunday Open Streets program, the only statewide program of its kind in the country. It is designed to encourage more communities to close streets to cars and open them to people.
The city has partnered with CafePress’ new Tfund, an apparel-based fundraising platform, to help raise funds for the events. People who would like a Tshirt branded for the CycLOUvia event or would just like to make a contribution to the event should go to www.tfund.com/cyclouvia. There will be a 21-day campaign for each of the three CycLOUvia events. Councilman Owen has contributed $2500 toward the first CycLOUvia event. “Putting on community events takes a lot of resources and we are looking for community support from a grassroots level to help with this great event,” Fischer said.
During the event, the two middle lanes of Bardstown Road will be open to bicycle use, and the two outer curb lanes will be used only for pedestrians and other non-bicycle uses. The route will have police-assisted vehicle crossings at specified main intersections.
Commercial establishments with frontage along the Bardstown Rd./Baxter corridor are encouraged to open their businesses during event hours and engage participants to create an atmosphere that is uniquely Louisville.
For more information, and for a link to the Tfund, go to www.cyclouvia.org.