Last month I learned that my hometown, Louisville, Ky, is at the bottom of the American Fitness Index – number 49 among 50 cities studied. And a few days later I found that Louisville is among the most dangerous midwestern cities for pedestrians, according to the Transportation for America study “Dangerous By Design.” I’m disappointed, but not surprised. I’m angry as hell. I’m embarrassed. I hope you are, too. Infrastructure too expensive? When I see our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges it makes me crazy. It’s like rubbing salt into a fresh wound when you realize that motorists are –…
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I believe Louisville, Kentucky can rapidly become a more prosperous, active and healthy place to live, work and play. A few policy changes and buy-in from public and private leadership can transform our city and surrounding counties. It starts with rolling out the red carpet for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, instead of throwing up roadblocks. Without spending a dime on infrastructure, we can get healthier and wealthier. In six months we can make a measurable difference. It takes action at the top, incentives, education, leadership, belief, positivity, connectedness, and the conviction that you can woo people away from the intoxication of gasoline fumes.
The latest American Fitness Index is out and Louisville is near the bottom again. As some people are quick to point out, there’s no single solution to our health problems. But I know of one simple solution that can bring us health and wealth. The Dutch discovered it more than half a century ago. See what a difference it can make in your everyday life. Ride a bike, walk and use transit systems as often as you can. Here’s a good place to start. Grace. Peace. Bicycle grease. PS: Remember, every lane is a bike lane. Share the road. Pedalaround…
Joe Ward, a legend in Louisville and Bluegrass cycling circles, is in the middle of a bone marrow transplant procedure in Lexington.
As a show of love and support, local cyclists will ride to Lexington and Rally outside the Markey Cancer Center on Saturday, May 28. Here’s how you can be involved:
Norma and Mary Lou tried the buddy system on May 20, 2011. They decided biking to work would be a great way to improve heart and lung health while saving money on gas. I caught up with them on their return trip Friday afternoon. They shared a feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment and decided commuting by bike is the way to go – at least in good weather. These two virgin bike commuters are typical of cyclists who find that once they get engaged in bicycling it’s very hard to quit. Grace. Peace. Bicycle grease. PS: Remember, every lane is…
Damn, those Danes are stylin’! Just take a look at Cycle Chic, a Website with a bold tagline: “Hold my bicycle while I kiss your girlfriend … The Original. Bringing Sexy Back Since 2006.”
In Freiburg, Germany, 70 percent of local trips are made by bike or public transit or on foot thanks to regular, annual investments in bicycling infrastructure dating back to 1976.
In Australia, the state of Victoria, which is home to Melbourne, the country’s second largest city, amended planning laws to require all new large buildings to provide bike parking and other facilities such as lockers and showers.
New York City and Chicago have proved that even northern-tier American cities can become walkable and bike-friendly when they make the investment. In Washington, D.C. you can ride your bike straight down the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on a bike boulevard!
My short chat with Holly and Tammy let me know we have a long way to go before Louisville, Kentucky becomes the bike-friendly town we’d like to think it already is.
Tara Bassett and Becca White, hosts of Louisville Live! on WBKI TV, invited me on the show to demonstrate my new Brompton folding bike and share the news about Bike To Work Day. Here’s a clip.
The recumbent bike Rick Newell rides is, technically speaking, a tricycle. When I met him on a sunny May afternoon on Galt Ave., I never would have guessed this 79 year old had undergone open-heart surgery just five weeks earlier . His doctors had just released him to get back on his recumbent.
The confident 25 year old observed that many Louisville motorists haven’t yet caught on to the emergence of more bikes on the roads. “At the same time,” she added, “bad bikers give us all a bad name” by doing things like riding on sidewalks into crosswalks and generally ignoring traffic laws.