Paddle portion of Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle cancelled on Labor Day due to unsafe river conditions

September 01, 2021

Hiking and biking portions of the event will still take place as planned

 LOUISVILLE (September 1, 2021) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the paddling portion of the Mayor’s Hike, Bike and Paddle, presented by Norton Healthcare and Coca Cola Consolidated, has been cancelled due to dangerous conditions on the Ohio River.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have all indicated that an anticipated increased flow from the McAlpine Locks, combined with high water concerns, have the potential to create problems for paddlers.

The river level is predicted to be over 13 feet by this weekend due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Ida, which caused widespread damage and devastation along the Louisiana coast.

“One of the great things about Hike, Bike and Paddle is that it’s outdoors and allows for social distancing, mask-wearing and other COVID precautions. So, having to cancel this portion is disappointing,” the Mayor said. “However, it’s clearly necessary to keep our paddlers safe.”

 The Tai Chi portion of Hike, Bike, and Paddle also was cancelled because of the difficulty in social distancing. Hiking and biking portions will go on as planned at the new location at the Community Boat House at 1325 River Road. Biking will start at 9:00 a.m., and yoga and Zumba will begin at 8:00 a.m., adhering to social distancing guidelines.

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