Louisville Active Living for May 2012



May 2012


Ride Your Bike to the Cherokee Art Fair this Weekend!
Bicycling for Louisville and the Cherokee Art Fair are offering free valet bike parking for you for the first time! It’s located near the Castleman Statue.
Check out the Courier-Journal article on this great new addition to the fair!

Interested in getting more involved in Active Living work? The table below lists meeting times and locations for Bike and Step Up Louisville subcommittees as well as contact information.

Committee Date & Time Location Questions & RSVP to:
 Education and Encouragement: Bike Louisville  







 May 3rd 11:45am-12:30pm

























Programs and Policy: Step Up Louisville TBA

Topic: Street Sense 2012-2013

400 E Gray St.

2nd Floor



Projects: Bike and Step Up Louisville  May 16th


Topic: In-Street Bicycle Parking: What, When, Where and How Much?

 Gresham Smith and Partners

101 S 5th St., Suite 1400

 Dirk.Gowin@louisvilleky.gov  502-574-5925



30-Day Comment Period Opened For Brownsboro Road Diet Project

Provides additional opportunity for citizen input  

Metro Public Works is opened up a 30-day comment period on the Brownsboro Road Diet project to allow citizens an additional opportunity to provide input.


The project modifies a portion of U.S. 42 (Brownsboro Road) between Ewing Avenue and Pope Street in the Clifton neighborhood, improving driver and pedestrian safety.


Phase One, from Dresher Bridge Road to Lindsay, will use restriping to transition the roadway from four lanes to three lanes. Phase Two, from Lindsay to Ewing Ave, includes reconstruction of the north curb and the addition of a sidewalk. The entire project length is 0.4 miles.


“This is a project that will not only enhance safety for those behind the wheel but also for those who walk this stretch of road, including many visually impaired citizens,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “The comment period ensures everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the process.”


Fischer also said that a he wants the 30-day comment period to mirror a similar comment period for a similar project on Grinstead Drive, from Bardstown Road to Cherokee Parkway. It includes resurfacing and a road diet to create one travel lane in each direction divided by a two way left turn lane with a full –time dedicated parking lane on one side.

Comments may be emailed to: brownsbororoaddiet@louisvilleky.gov

(Note: brownsboro road diet—lower case letters, no spaces)

Or send to:

Brownsboro Road Diet Comments

c/o Metro Public Works

444. S. 5th Street Suite 400

Louisville, KY 40202


The comment period will close Sunday, April 29, 2012.

The project was developed by Metro Public Works in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.



May is National Bike Month!

(For the next 3 Thursdays we will be planning Bike Month from 11:30-12:45 at 444 south 5th St. Suite 400)

May 9th is National Bike to School Day!

Bike Louisville is looking for volunteers to help host biking to school day events. If you know of a school who needs some support in promoting students biking to school safely, please email Rolf.Eisinger@louisvilleky.gov. This is the first year the U.S. is hosting a National Bike to School Day and it would be great if Louisville stepped up and showed off our new biking skills our students have learned from the Bike Sense program. www.walkbiketoschool.org!
Louisville’s bicycling community along with Bike Louisville would like to invite you to this year’s National Bike to Work Day on May 18th.We all know how exercise is good for the waistline – and for our economy’s bottom line. But did you know both of these can be improved with a simple solution? That simple solution is the bicycle.

Back by popular demand, Bike Louisville is planning ways for you to be involved in a Bike to Work Day Celebration on Friday, May 18th, at Fourth Street Live!  Bike Louisville is planning several “meet and rides” around Louisville, so if you are new to biking to work you’ll have a fun group of people to ride with.  Please join us at one of the four meet and ride locations at 7:15am when we will ride downtown. Then at noon feel free and swing by the Lunch Celebration at 4th Street Live!

  • Seneca Park Meet & Ride
  • Iroquois Park Meet & Ride
  • Shawnee Park Meet & Ride
  • S. Indiana Meet & Ride

Be a Bike to Work Day Champion! We are looking for people to promote our event within Active Living and think you would be an excellent candidate.
A Bike to Work Day Champion:

  1. Rides his or her bike on May 18th
  2. Helps encourage first time riders to participate on May 18th
  3. Speaks to hundreds of bike commuters about how bicycling can help our community during the Lunch Celebration.

To find out more about Louisville’s Bike to Work Day event please click here:


Safety City Continues!
Safety City, a model city located behind Bates Elementary School on Bardstown Road, celebrated its grand opening in 1993. Since then, classes of second and third grade students have visited Safety City for a full day of lessons in bicycle, pedestrian, school bus, stranger danger and traffic safety. Classes are taught by an officer and a civilian employee of the Louisville Metro Police Department. After completing the workbook curriculum, the children spend the second half of the day in hands-on powered mini cars through Safety City, which features a miniature hospital, bank, library, fire station, city hall and other buildings, a railroad crossing, a school bus, working traffic lights and stop signs.
Safety City is an educational program aimed at helping children learn and practice the skills and knowledge necessary to avoid preventable injuries. Preventable injuries are the leading cause of death among children and adolescents under age 15. In fact, more children die annually from preventable injuries than from all childhood diseases combined. Many of these injuries could be prevented if children were instructed to be aware of common dangers.

The curriculum for Safety City was developed in collaboration with the Jefferson County Public Schools Curriculum and Assessment Department, the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy and the Louisville Metro Police Department. The lessons are based on training methods that have proven to be effective in changing behavior:

  • Modeling and positive reinforcement
  • Training in the real traffic environment
  • Instruction appropriate to the development level of the children

The Safety Lessons include:

  • Learning and knowing personal information, such as phone number and address
  • Railroad safety
  • Using 911 in case of an emergency
  • Bus safety
  • Seat belt and / or booster seat use
  • Pedestrian safety – including looking both ways & over the shoulder before crossing
  • Fire safety
  • Bicycle safety, including helmet use
  • Stranger danger
  • Gun safety

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to projects in the 2011-2015 Transportation Improvement Plan and the Horizon 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan.  The public review and comment period begins on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, and ends Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

The proposed amendment packet is available from: http://www.kipda.org/Transportation/Drafts.aspx.

This information is also available for public review at public libraries in Bullitt, Clark, Floyd, Jefferson and Oldham counties and by calling Josh Suiter at 502-266-6084, 1-800-648-6056 (KY TDD) or 1-800-962-8408 (IN TDD). Comments may be sent to KIPDA, 11520 Commonwealth Drive, Louisville, KY 40299 or emailed to Kipda.trans@ky.gov.  Please get comments to us no later than Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

Open House Meeting for Proposed Amendments

KIPDA will host an open house:

May 7, 2012
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Louisville Free Public Library’s Highlands-Shelby Park Branch
1250 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY


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