November-December 2006 Newsletter
From the President
September 29, 2006, marked another step in
Metro Louisville’s march to recognition as
a premier city for cyclists. That was the day
that area cyclists learned that the League of
American Bicyclists had awarded Louisville
bronze status under its Bicycle-Friendly
Communities Program. The announcement of the
award was made by yours truly and Mayor Abramson
at the groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrading
of Beargrass Creek Trail.
The 2005 Bike Summit set a goal for Louisville
to be certified as a bicycle-friendly community
by 2008. Thanks to the hard work of the City and
the cycling community, we beat that goal by two
years! We have the plans in place that will move
us up to Silver and then, Gold, which we targeted
for 2014. And if we keep up the momentum, we’ll
beat each of these goals, too.
A copy of the application for the award will
be uploaded shortly to the City’s Bike Louisville
Web site (www.louisvilleky.gov/bikelouisville).
The upgrade of the Beargrass Creek trail is a
long time coming. It will be widened, its drainage
improved and a new signature entrance will be
created at the corner of Lexington Road and
Grinstead Drive. As part of the effort to create
networks that allow cyclists to travel throughout
the city, Beargrass Creek Trail will become a key
connector between the Levee Trail-RiverWalk to
Cherokee Park-Seneca Park Loop and, eventually,
along Taylorsville Road to the bike routes in the
new parks along Floyds Fork. And all will connect
to the 100-mile loop that will ring Louisville
Another good thing happening in the local
cycling community is the new energy and direction
at KyMBA, the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association
(see article). KyMBA is making a concerted effort to
repair what many had seen as a very broken
relationship with Metro Parks and the City
Administration. In addition to shoring up its
relationship with Metro Parks, the MTB club has
started several outreach programs, including Take a
Kid Mountain Biking and sponsoring two local high
school cycling teams, that should increase its
profile. As a sign of support and to encourage
interested LBC members to try this other form of
cycling, starting with our November-December
schedule, we’ll experiment with listing several of
KyMBA rides on our schedule.
Finally, don’t forget one of LBC’s oldest
traditions: The 2007 Polar Bear Ride on New Year’s
Day. Regardless of the weather, you can’t miss this
ride. Even if you only ride a mile or two and focus
on the chili and swap meet, there’s no better way
to start the New Year.
In the meantime, I hope Santa brings you every
cycling toy on your list.
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