September-October 2005 Newsletter
From the President
The Shape of Things to Come
As most LBC members know, we trace our origins as a club to
1897, when 10,000 cyclists came to town to participate in the
League of American Wheelmen rally. We may look back one day
and see Mayor Abramson's Healthy Hometown bicycle rides
one was held on Memorial Day and one is set for Labor Day as
just as significant to our development.
More than 1,000 riders took part in the Memorial Day ride,
which followed the route from Slugger Field along city streets
to Shawnee Park and back along the RiverWalk. Riders of every
age, on every kind of bike including some with training
wheels from every part of the community participated. The
ride was so successful that the Mayor's office has scheduled
the next community ride for Labor Day, September 5. As many as
2,000 riders are expected to take part. The LBC helped select
the route, which will go from Slugger Field to Iroquois Park.
These events present great challenges and opportunities for
A goal of 5,000 riders for these rides is very realistic.
Mayor Abramson is committed to the concept and Louisvillians
love any kind of party. Time and better publicity will make it
This means that the LBC has barely scratched the surface of
the rider potential in the Louisville area. If we redouble our
efforts to reach out to novice riders, membership growth will
But the success of these events, which participants believe
will be held in a safe environment, also is evidence that typical
LBC road riding will never be an option for most riders. We have
to accept this reality and increase our advocacy for separated
recreational facilities. That's a real Catch-22: Fighting to
protect experienced riders' rights to the road as we insist that
the city build shared and off-road facilities. And a challenge
to club leaders and other advocates.
Finally, as cycling gets bigger and takes a larger share of
public investment, our conduct on the road will come under
greater scrutiny. There will always be more jerks in cars than
on bikes ... and electoral politics will continue to reflect
that reality. That's why we must continue to oppose excesses
like the scofflaw conduct on the Tuesday night ride caught on
tape by WLKY-32.
Volunteers are needed as ride marshals, bike doctors, to provide
safety education and to staff the LBC and OKHT information booth.
Please email me at
or call me at 895-4850 to sign up.
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