Tuesday March 18, 2014
Based on the resounding success of the CycLouVia events in the Highlands, the wildly popular event is expanding to other parts of the city, Mayor Greg Fischer announced.
The next CycLouVia will close Frankfort Avenue, between Stilz Avenue and Pope Street, to vehicular traffic on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is the first time the city’s open streets program will occur outside of the Highlands.
Frankfort Avenue will become a paved linear park, where residents and visitors can bike, walk, skate, dance, and shop in a car-free environment. Automobile cross traffic will be facilitated by traffic control officers at Ewing Avenue.
CycLouVia is modeled after the “ciclovía” program in Bogotá, Colombia, where for 30 years, citizens have enjoyed weekly car-free streets. CycLouVia builds on momentum in cities across the globe to connect communities around a temporarily car-free, shared public space.
Besides offering a safe and exciting new way to experience Louisville, CycLouCia helps to promote healthy lifestyles, alternative transportation options, bicycle and pedestrian safety. Additionally, CycLouVia aims to create a vibrant economic opportunity for businesses along the corridor. Commercial establishments with frontage along the route are encouraged to open their businesses and engage the sidewalk during event hours to create a unique community atmosphere.
The Frankfort Avenue Business Association is collaborating with the Frankfort Avenue CycLouVia event, to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate in Mayor Fischer’s Give a Day week, which challenges all Louisvillians to participate in some act of giving or compassion during the week of April 12-20. WaterStep donation stations will be set up within local businesses along the corridor to collect new or slightly used shoes for the WaterStep program. The donated shoes will help raise money for WaterStep to implement safe drinking water projects all over the world. Visit www.waterstep.org to learn more.
These open streets events also meet the goals of the city’s Healthy Hometown Movement, which helps to establish healthier places, programs and policies toward making Louisville one of the healthiest cities in the country. In an age where most Louisvillians move predominantly by car, CycLouVia reimagines one of the city’s greatest public space assets to foster a more active, healthy, and livable city.
For more information, go to www.cyclouvia.org.