Louisville's Top 10 Bike Features
Louisville’s Top 10 Bike Features
- Big 4 Bridge (Bicycle and Pedestrian only Bridge) and the new East End Bridge with a Separated Path for Bicycle and Pedestrian
- BMX Track and Park
- Eva Bandman Cyclocross Park
- Eva Bandman Cyclocross Park II
- Extreme Park
- Louisville Loop
- Mega Underground Bike Park
- Mt. Biking
- Parklands at Floyds Fork Bike Park
- Road Riding
1. Big 4 Bridge (Bicycle and Pedestrian only Bridge)
On May 20, 2014, Jeffersonville opened the Indiana ramp, completing the project. Louisville opened the Waterfront Park ramp and the bridge for "non-through" traffic on February 7, 2013.
The Louisville ramp is approximately 1/4 mile (1,181 ft.), the bridge itself is approximately 1/2 mile (2,562), and the Jeffersonville ramp is approximately 1/4 mile, for a distance of 1 mile (2 miles round trip).
2. BMX Track and Park:
Louisville is home of the nationally recognized BMX track and park located at the “Tom” Sawyer State Park. The park includes 513 acres, 2.25 miles of trails, some open for bikers and hikers, bmx track, activities center, and outdoor athletic fields.
3. Eva Bandman Cyclocross Park:
Louisville's Eva Bandman Park is the premiere cyclocross venue in the United States. Metro Parks began construction of the course at Eva Bandman in 2009, and completed the course prior to the 2010 USGP Derby City Cup. The course combines scenic views of downtown Louisville and the Ohio River but still employs treacherous features such as sand mounds, numerous run-ups, "flyovers," and wooded areas that will pose challenges for even the most experienced riders.
Metro Parks spent $125,000 on construction for the park, which hosted the 2013 Elite and Masters UCI World Cyclocross Championships.
4. Eva Bandman Cyclocross Park II:
Details coming soon
5. Extreme Park:
The Louisville Extreme Park is one of the nation's best skate parks, with awesome features, including a 24 foot full-pipe! The park offers a great balance of street-style, transition style and vert. The public skate park is owned by Louisville Metro Government and operated by Metro Parks.
The park, completed in April 2002, includes 40,000 square feet of outdoor concrete skating surface and a wooden vert ramp, along with restrooms. The park is open 24 hours a day.
6. Louisville Loop:
The Louisville Loop is an estimated 100-mile trail system that will eventually encircle the city and link existing and new parks and neighborhoods to civic attractions, transportation alternative and recreation opportunities. This loop website is currently being updated to provide you with the latest information on the loop. Stay tuned!
7. Mega Cavern Underground Bike Park:
Louisville will be home of the World’s first underground bike park. Over 385 thousand square foot bike park, this park will maintain 58 degree temperatures and zero wind year round.
8. Mountain Biking:
Good single track can be found throughout Louisville. Local stacked loops and lengthy stretches through the woods provide mountain bikers in Louisville with lots of options. One area that mountain bikers won't want to miss is Waverly Park and the miles and miles of great single track they offer. There are a number of races and competitions to choose from that attract riders of all skill levels. Make sure to check out the trail updates and conditions prior to riding.
9. Parklands at Floyds Fork Bike Park:
Whether you prefer a smooth, paved road, or a rugged dirt trail, The Parklands offers a great biking experience. Choose your route based on the trail usage, distance and difficulty information found here and on the park maps, and then, get rollin’! Currently you can ride on nine shared use path miles of the Louisville Loop. Visit the Silo Center mountain bike park, open through mid-November.
10. Road Riding:
Louisville is an awesome place to log miles. It’s easy to navigate the city to reach low traffic country road for hours of riding. Louisville is home of the Louisville Bicycle Club which hosts group rides every day of the year for all abilities. If you are interested in racing, Louisville has a number of race team who often train together. You can find rides by signing up for the eGroup PurpleRides. Louisville also has many Local Race Teams.