Mayor announces new CycLOUvia event downtown in June

Surrounded by cycling advocates, today Mayor Greg Fisher joined forces with representatives from the Humana, Louisville Downtown Partnership and Main Street to announce a new Humana-sponsored CycLOUvia event in downtown on Sunday, June 5.

“We are excited to expand this popular event with summer CycLOUvia and bring it downtown where people can experience the many great businesses, arts and cultural attractions that our city has to offer,” said the mayor. “Thanks to Humana for its sponsorship and thanks to our participating companies and organizations. We hope this event encourages healthy lifestyles and promotes the use of sustainable transportation.”

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

“Humana’s commitment to our hometown extends to our partnerships with Louisville Metro and the CycLOUvia team,” said Douglas Edwards, Senior Vice President of Humana and Business Solutions. “Events like this help foster social bonding and a sense of belonging, which are essential to your best health.”

CycLOUvia Downtown will take place from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. During that time, the main street, from Wenzel to 10th Street, will be closed to motorized vehicles, allowing people to cycle, walk or skate down the road to enjoy the vendors. and activities along the way.

During the event, Repurposed will be transformed into a family-focused activity hub offered by Humana, and LouVelo bikeshare will offer free two-hour rides from 1-7 p.m. Other participating businesses and organizations include:

  • Kentucky for the Performing Arts
  • Louisville Bates
  • Main Street Association
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • pencil
  • Louisville Water Company
  • WL! 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 is also seeking artists to design and install chalk murals at four selected intersections along CycLOUvia Road. Presentations are scheduled for noon on Monday, May 16th. For more information, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/arts-culture/document/cyclouvia-chalk-walk-call-artists.

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

Under Mayor Fisher’s leadership, the Louisville Metro government has also adopted a full national street model that considers alternative transportation routes and moves away from car-oriented streets. In 2016, he unveiled his 20-year multimedia city plan, MOVE Louisville, which identified the need to focus on greater road connectivity and implement more whole streets as a way to not only improve how people move around the city but also increase sustainability and become more Attractive to companies seeking a presence in cities that offer alternative transportation for their employees.

Louisville Metro has since made changes to improve pedestrian and bike accommodations, with investment in Complete Street projects on major lanes such as Dixie Highway, which is now home to Louisville’s first Rapid Transit bus line, better pedestrian and bike paths, and an increase in public safety. In 2016, Bicycling magazine ranked Louisville on its list of the 50 best bike cities in the United States, citing the Big Four pedestrian bridge that opened in 2013 and its street bike lanes.

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