Mayor invites residents to 2022 Tom Owen CycLOUvia event on Bardstown Road in the Highlands on Sunday

October 19, 2022

The event will include family-friendly activities while promoting alternative transportation and recreation

LOUISVILLE, KY (October 19, 2022) – Mayor Greg Fischer is reminding residents that the Tom Owen CycLOUvia event in the Highlands is returning to Bardstown Road this Sunday, Oct. 23.

“We are excited to partner with the Highland Commerce Guild and Bardstown Road businesses to host this popular event where people can experience the many unique retail businesses and restaurants this area has to offer,” the Mayor said. “It is especially exciting this year because of the new safety improvements being implemented on Bardstown Road, thanks to a great partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. We hope this event will encourage healthy lifestyles and promote the use of sustainable transportation for many years to come.”

Louisville’s first CycLOUvia was held on Bardstown Road in 2012 and was so successful that it’s also been held over ensuing years on Frankfort Avenue, West Broadway, Goss Avenue and Main Street.

This is the third CycLOUvia event in 2022 and will run from 2 to 6 p.m. During that time, Bardstown Road will be closed to motorized vehicles from Grinstead Drive to Douglass Boulevard, allowing people to bike, walk, skate or scoot on the roadway while enjoying the many small businesses, vendors and activities along the way.

The Highland Commerce Guild is proud and excited to be part of CycLOUvia 2022. From 2012 to present, we have continued to partner with Louisville Metro’s Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability to promote bike and pedestrian safety, as well as our Highlands businesses. As our banner states: Wheels and Feet Share the Street!” said Aaron T. Givhan, President of the Highland Commerce Guild.

Becoming a healthier city was one of three core city values the Mayor set on his first Inauguration Day in 2011, and he has since consistently promoted outdoor recreation through events like CycLOUvia and the Mayor’s Hike Bike and Paddle, and with investments in the city’s parks, waterways, and 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.

Louisville Metro Government (LMG) also has adopted the national Complete Streets Model that considers alternative modes of transportation to move away from car-oriented streets. In 2016, the Mayor 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.

LMG has since invested 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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