Mayor announces new CycLOUvia event downtown this June

May 13, 2022

Surrounded by biking advocates, Mayor Greg Fischer today joined representatives from Humana, Louisville Downtown Partnership and Main Street businesses to announce a new Humana-sponsored CycLOUvia event downtown on Sunday, June 5.

“We are excited to expand this popular event with a summer CycLOUvia and bring it downtown where people can experience the many great businesses and arts and cultural attractions that our city has to offer,” the Mayor said. “Thank you to Humana for its sponsorship and thank you to our participating businesses and organizations. We hope this event will encourage healthy lifestyles and promote the use of sustainable transportation.”

The original CycLOUvia event on Bardstown Road was created in 2012, and throughout the years, it has also been held on Frankfort Avenue and West Broadway. This year, Louisville Metro Government decided to host CycLOUvia Downtown to encourage people to come downtown and support local businesses and organizations following the global pandemic.

“Humana’s commitment to our hometown extends to our partnerships with Louisville Metro and the CycLOUvia team,” said Douglas Edwards, Humana’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Associate & Business Solutions. “Events like this one help foster social connectedness and sense of belonging, which are critical for achieving your best health.”

CycLOUvia Downtown will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. During that time, Main Street, from Wenzel to 10th streets, will be closed to motorized vehicles, allowing people to bike, walk, or skate on the roadway enjoying vendors and activities along the way.

During the event, Repurposed will be transformed into a family-focused activity center presented by Humana, and the LouVelo bikeshare program will be offering free 2-hour rides from 1 to 7 p.m. Other participating businesses and organizations include:

  • Kentucky Performing Arts
  • Louisville Bats
  • Main Street Association
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • TARC
  • Louisville Water Company
  • Yum! Arena 

Businesses and organizations interested in participating in CycLOUvia Downtown can contact the Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability at 502-574-0032.

Louisville Metro also is seeking artists to design and install chalk murals in four selected intersections along the CycLOUvia route. Proposals are due at noon on Monday, May 16. For more information, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/arts-culture/document/cyclouvia-chalk-walk-call-artists .

As part of his administration-long focus on wellness, Mayor Fischer has promoted outdoor recreation through events like CycLOUvia and the Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle, and through investments in the city’s parks, waterways, and scooter, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure. During his tenure, Louisville Metro Government has invested nearly $50 million in bike and pedestrian-related infrastructure, including bike lanes, the 100-mile Louisville Loop, and the Big Four Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge.

Under Mayor Fischer, Louisville Metro Government has also adopted the national Complete Streets Model that considers alternative modes of transportation and moves away from car-oriented streets. In 2016, he unveiled the city’s 20-year multimodal plan, MOVE Louisville, which identified the need to focus on greater roadway connectivity and implement more Complete Streets as a way to not only improve how people move around the city but also to increase sustainability and become more attractive to companies seeking to locate in cities that offer alternative transportation modes for their employees.

Louisville Metro has since made changes to improve pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, while investing in Complete Street projects on major corridors like Dixie Highway, which is now home to Louisville’s first Bus Rapid Transit line, better pedestrian and bike routes, and an increase in overall safety. In 2016, Bicycling magazine named Louisville to its list of top 50 best bike cities in the U.S., citing the Big Four pedestrian bridge that opened in 2013 and on-street bike lanes.

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