Bicycling for Transportation at UofL

UofL encourages you to discover the many benefits of getting around by bike!

National Bike ChallengeRide for Team UofL & Win!
National Bike Challenge!
May 1st to September 30th, 2017

UofL named most bicycle-friendly university in Kentucky
(UofL Today, 11/14/13)

Six D.I.Y. Bike Fix-It Stations are available 24/7 on Belknap & Health Sciences Campuses! For help with repairs, scan the QR code at the top, or get the Bike Repair App for iPhone.
Bike Fix-It Station at Humanities Quad

What to Know about Biking to UofL

  • Biking is fun, healthy, cheap, non-polluting transportation!
  • You don’t have to dress funny or buy expensive gear.
  • Need a bike, bike repair, or accessories? Find local bike shops
  • You can take your bike on any TARC bus and ride free w/UofL ID!
  • Plan ahead with these handy bike commuter tips.
  • Map a safer, lower-traffic route with Ride The City (iPhone mobile app)
  • Find bike lanes, paths, and safer routes throughout Louisville with the new mobile-friendly Louisville Bike Map. It’s designed to be easy to use while you’re out riding in the city. Just click the “My Location” button to find the bike routes nearest you.
  • If needed, showers are available at UofL gyms. The Clinical & Translational Research Building (HSC), and the basement of College of Music and Stevenson Hall (Belknap) also have restrooms with showers.
  • Report debris or potholes in Louisville bike lanes/paths:Call MetroCall at 311 or (502) 574-5000; email MetroCall; use the online customer service portal; or download the mobile app to report issues on the go, with built-in image capture and GPS: iPhone / Android / Windows Phone.
  • Share Campus Pathways Responsibly: On campus pathways, cyclists are encouraged to slow down, signal when passing, and always yield to pedestrians, no matter where they are. In line with our Bicycle Master Plan, UofL has designated pathways through Belknap campus to help reduce potential bike-pedestrian conflicts. All routes are designed to be two-way.
  • Register your bike with UofL before parking it on campus. Having this information on file will increase the likelihood of recovery in the event of theft or impoundment.
  • Register your commute! Anyone who regularly commutes via bike, bus, carpool, or vanpool can register for the free Guaranteed Ride Home program providing 80% of the cost of an emergency taxi ride home up to four times per year! You can even stop to pick up a child on the way home!
  • Lock your bike with a U-lock! Bikes are a common target for theft at UofL, so be sure to lock your ride up securely.
    1. Use a sturdy U-lock rather than a cable or chain which is easier to cut.
    2. Always lock your bike frame to the rack and, if possible, lock the wheels as well.
    3. Use campus bike racks. Do not lock your bike to railings or blocking handicap ramps or exits. Interactive UofL Bike Parking Map
    4. Space in UofL bike racks is limited and they are not intended for long-term storage. According to UofL's Abandoned Bikes Policy, bikes will be periodically impounded by Parking Enforcement after notification is left on the bike. To retrieve a bike from impoundment, call (502) 852-PARK (7275).
    5. Those at HSC have a new option for super-secure indoor bike storage at the new parking garage for the J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at Jefferson and Preston streets. Anyone may rent access to the secure bike cage for $10/month or get your own bike locker for $15/month. For leasing information, contact: cboccieri@ntsdevco.com or call 502-569-1581.
  • Keep it Rolling! Six Bike Fix-It Stations with basic tools and a pump have been installed on campus (at Humanities, SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and downtown at HSC Kornhauser plaza, and inside the parking garage at the J.D. Nichols Campus (Jefferson & Preston street)! For help with repairs, scan the QR code on the Fixit to view detailed instructions, or download the Bike Repair App for iPhone. If you notice a damaged or malfunctioning UofL bike fix-it station, please send the location and issue to UofLBikeMechanic@gmail.com.
    • Can't fix it yourself? The Louisville Student Cycling Coalition can help! See info online about their Free Bike Repair service.
    • In May 2014, Falls City Community Bikeworks opened roughly mid-way between UofL's Belknap campus and Health Science Center. The not-for-profit community bike shop is at 1217 Logan Street (just south of Oak) and provides the space, tools and expertise to any community member who wishes to learn and practice bicycle maintenance. The all-volunteer shop also offers refurbished bicycles, equipment, and skills to people who cannot afford to purchase roadworthy bicycles.
  • Earn-A-Bike Program: Forgo a parking permit for at least two years and earn a $400 bike shop voucher!
    • UofL students, faculty or staff who are willing to waive the right to a UofL parking permit for at least two years are eligible to receive a $400 voucher to an area bike shop!
    • Applications for the program are accepted throughout the summer and vouchers are distributed at mandatory safety and orientation sessions held at the start of each Fall semester.
    • Vouchers are non-transferable and have no cash value, but can be used to purchase a bike or fix one up and equip it for year-round commuting with helmet, lock, lights, rack, bags, basket, clothing, tools, spare parts, etc.
    Full details and application here.
  • Increase your skills and confidence! Whether you're a new or experienced rider, Louisville offers many opportunities for free classes to give cyclists the skills, knowledge, and confidence to ride safely on our roadways:
    1. Get Healthy Now offers group rides and safe cycling classes.
    2. Ride with friends in the Louisville Student Cycling Coalition - Follow on Facebook or OrgSync. Manages UofL's official Collegiate Division 1 Cycling Team: UofLCycling@gmail.com
    3. The Louisville Bicycle Club regularly offers New Rider Clinics and endless group ride opportunities for all skill levels.
    4. Bicycling For Louisville provides free bike classes from time to time and is a great advocate for bicycling.

Bike-Share

  • Campus Housing offers free bikeshare from all residence halls!Use your UofL ID to check out a bike, lock, and helmet for free for the day! Bikes are available each day on a first-come, first-served basis from the desk staff at:
    • Student Rec Center
    • Get Healthy Now Wellness Center
    • Residence Halls (not just for residents!):
      - Bettie Johnson Hall
      - Community Park

      - Kurz Hall
      - Louisville Hall
      - Miller Hall
      - Threlkeld Hall
      -
      Unitas Tower
      - University Tower Apartments (UTA)
      - Medical-Dental Apartments at HSC downtown
  • Simply sign a waiver form and return the bike before the end of the day/weekend.
  • Those who check out bikes are responsible for any theft, loss, or damage, so be sure to use the u-lock to securely lock the bike (frame and wheel!) any time you enter a building.
  • If you notice a UofL bikeshare bike in need of maintenance, please send a note indicating the check-out location, bike in need, and issue to UofLBikeMechanic@gmail.com.
  • Full details on our Bikeshare page

LouVelo city-wide bikeshare at UofL!

LouVelo BikeShare Station installed at Brook+CardinalLouVelo
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Half-priced monthly memberships are available for UofL students & employees to join LouVelo! Use gift code CARDBIKE at LouVelo.com to try out the new citywide bikeshare system with stations at Belknap & HSC! For just $7.50/mo you get unlimited 1-hour rides on 300+ bikes. Learn More

• In May 2017, Louisville Metro launched its new bike share program, LouVelo, with over 300 bikes at 27 stations in our urban core.
• Stations are available at UofL's HSC (Floyd & Abraham Flexner Way, and Floyd & Broadway) and on the north side of Belknap campus (Brook & Cardinal, and 4th & Gaulbert). More will be added across Belknap campus in 2017.
• LouVelo bikes feature an upright riding position, fenders, and a comfort saddle. Anyone can jump on a LouVelo bike and easily pedal across town.
• With 27 stations across Louisville, finding a LouVelo station is quick and easy. Once signed up, you can easily check out a bike and return to any station within the system.
• LouVelo members can access any of the 300+ bikes though a station kiosk, a smart phone or with their membership card. The free Transit App also allows users to locate bike share stations and buy bike share passes using their mobile device.
• The first hour of use is completely free for members, with usage fees only applied to those checking out a bike for over an hour. You may check a bike into any docking station at any time to restart the clock.
• Checking out a bike is quick and easy, and returning it is as simple as parking the bike in the dock.

Avoid Traffic! Map A Safer Route

Cardinal Directions is UofL's free trip-planning and carpool-matching service!
Explore bike routes & all your other options when biking won't work at directions.louisville.edu

  • Map a safer, lower-traffic route with with Ride The City (iPhone mobile app)
  • Find bike lanes, paths, and safer routes throughout Louisville with the new mobile-friendly Louisville Bike Map. It’s designed to be easy to use while you’re out riding in the city. Just click the “My Location” button to find the bike routes nearest you.
  • Explore bike routes & all your other options when biking won't work at directions.louisville.edu

What's next for UofL cyclists?
Check out UofL's Bicycle Master Plan!UofL Bike Master Plan

Ride Safe

Louisville Student Cycling Coalition - Follow on Facebook or OrgSync. Manages UofL's official Collegiate Division 1 Cycling Team: UofLCycling@gmail.com. Can help you with bike maintenance, just fill out their online Fix It request form.

  1. Ride on streets with the flow of traffic.
  2. Bike predictably, signaling turns and using streets as a driver would.
  3. Ride in the farthest right lane that serves your destination.
  4. Avoid biking on city sidewalks – it’s dangerous and illegal.
  5. On campus paths walkers ALWAYS have the right-of-way, so bike slowly and cautiously to avoid startling or hitting them.
  6. Be visible – wear light colored or reflective clothes and use front/rear lights.
  7. Wear a helmet!
  8. Get more bike safety tips , and watch these helpful bike safetyvideos.
  9. Know Why Crashes Happen. As you can see in the data below, most crashes occur when cyclists are not using the road as drivers would. Check out the helpful diagrams and videos about this on the I Am Traffic website.

    Who is at fault?

    Action

    % of Accidents

    BicyclistWrong-way riding facing traffic

    14%

    BicyclistLeft turn from the right side of the road

    11%

    BicyclistFailure to yield from driveway

    9%

    BicyclistRunning a stop sign or signal

    8%

    BicyclistSwerving in front of car *

    5%

    Total Bicyclist at fault

    47%

    MotoristLeft turn in front of the bicyclist

    13%

    MotoristRight turn in front of the bicyclist

    11%

    MotoristRunning a stop sign or signal

    8%

    MotoristOpening car door into path of bicyclist

    7%

    MotoristFailure to yield from driveway

    6%

    MotoristDidn’t see cyclist*

    3%

    Total Motorist at fault

    48%

    Undetermined

    5%

    * Cyclists hit from behind = only 8% of accidents!
    Source: Mortiz (1996); Kaplan (1974)

Helpful Gear

  • Helmet
  • Sturdy U-lock
  • Front (white) and rear (red) lights
  • Rear rack with panniers (saddlebags)
  • Rear-view mirror
  • Reflective vest
  • Leg band (keeps pant leg clean)
  • Water bottle cage with bottle
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Fenders
  • Mini-pump, patch kit, and multi-tool
  • Clothes that wick moisture (not cotton)
  • Winter: Dress in layers, thermal headband, gloves

UofL Bike Map

View an interactive Bike Map for all three UofL campuses showing where to find bike parking, fix-it stations, and bikeshare check-out locations! Here's what you'll see:

  • RED icons indicate COVERED bike parking.
  • BLUE icons indicate exposed bike parking.
  • YELLOW Wrench icons indicate Bike Fix-It stations with tools and pump.
  • GREEN Bike icons indicate Bike-Share locations from which bikes can be checked-out free for the day with UofL ID.

Overcoming Bike Commuting Excuses

The roads aren't safe
- You are at no greater risk than driving a car.
- Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, and stop at lights.
- Wear bright clothing.
- Wear a helmet every time you ride.
- Avoid unsafe roads. Map a safer, lower-traffic route with Ride The City.

I'm out of shape
- Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you will be in great shape.
- Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to get there.
- You will improve your fitness level when you become a regular bike commuter.

I have to run errands
- Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity.
- Make sure that you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building.
- Allow extra time to get to scheduled appointments.
- Take the bus (free with UofL ID) or check-out a car-share vehicle for your errands: UofL Car-share

It takes too long
- The average commuter travels at 10 mph; the more you ride, the faster you will become.
- Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike.
- Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas may take the same time or less as by car.

It's too far
- Try riding to work and taking the bus home, then alternating the next day.
- Combine riding and the bus to shorten your commute. All TARC buses have bike racks and it's free with UofL ID.
- Ride to a coworker's house and carpool to work.

I have to dress up
- Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive.
- Have work clothes cleaned at nearby laundromats or dry cleaners.
- Pack clothes with you and change at work; to avoid wrinkles, try rolling clothes instead of folding.

It's raining
- Fenders for your bike and rain gear for your body will keep you dry.
- If you are at work, take transit or carpool to get home; ride home the next day.
- Take transit or drive if you don't have the gear to ride comfortably in the rain.

Learn to fix your own bike with these handy instructional videos!

World CarFree Day Bike Tune Ups
The Sustainability Council offers free bike tune-ups and training at campus events.

Local tips on buying a new bicycle

My bike is beat up
- Learning to keep your bike running smooth is easier than you might imagine. Check out these great instructional videos for Kentucky riders and these short videos on How to Check Your Bike Before You Ride - Part I (bearings) and Part II (all else).
- Six Bike Fix-It Stations with basic tools and a pump have been installed on campus (at Humanities, SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and downtown at HSC Kornhauser plaza, and inside the parking garage at the J.D. Nichols Campus (Jefferson & Preston street)! For help with repairs, scan the QR code on the Fixit to view detailed instructions, or download the Bike Repair App for iPhone.
- Can't fix it yourself? The Louisville Student Cycling Coalition can help! Just fill out their online Fix It request form.
- The not-for-profit Falls City Community Bikeworks located roughly mid-way between UofL's Belknap campus and Health Science Center at 1217 Logan Street (just south of Oak) provides the space, tools and expertise to any community member who wishes to learn and practice bike maintenance.
- If you need professional help, identify bike shops near your route. Here's a listing of area bike shops.

No bike parking
- Find covered and uncovered racks all over campus with our Interactive UofL Bike Parking Map
- Look around for a storage area in your building or office.
- Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office.
- Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up outside.

No showers
- Most commuters don't shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry.
- If you want a workout, ride home at a fast pace and shower when you get home.
- UofL gyms offer showers if you need them. The Clinical & Translational Research Building (HSC), and the basement of College of Music and Stevenson Hall (Belknap) also have restrooms with showers.

(These tips brought to you by the League of American Bicyclists. Get more tips here.)

Earn-A-Bike Program

Earn-A-Bike Aims to Get the University of Louisville Cycling (HUD Sustainable Communities eNews, Feb. 2013)

UofL students, faculty and staff who are willing to forgo a parking permit for at least two years can apply to earn a $400 bike shop voucher! Applications are accepted each year through the end of the first week of Fall classes. Get all the details and apply here.

Pedal With The President!

Annual Bike Challenges!

  • National Bike ChallengeNational Bike Challenge!
    Each year since 2014, UofL has encouraged students, employees, spouses, and retirees to saddle up and ride for team UofL in the National Bike Challenge which runs annually May 1st to September 30th! Participating is a way to show your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation. Register for the National Bike Challenge and Join Team UofL as an individual to compete against your peers. Your miles cycled will count towards the University of Louisville total, as well as qualify employees for great prizes through Get Healthy Now, including the grand prize of a $400 voucher to a local bike shop, co-sponsored by UofL's Sustainability Council!

    2016 National Bike Challenge RESULTS:
    Grand Prize Winner: Michiel A. "Riaan" van Zyl, Assoc Dean in Kent School Admin (5,322 points)
    Leader of the Pack: David King (2,262 points during 1st half of challenge, 5,261 total points)
    Most Improved: Justin Mog (2,122 points during 2nd half of challenge, 3,992 total points)

    2016 National Bike Challenge UofL Grand Prize Winner Riaan van Zyl
    2016 National Bike Challenge Grand Prize Winner, Michiel A. "Riaan" van Zyl, collects his $400 bike shop voucher!

    2016 Collective Impact:
    •    25 Active Riders
    •    19,747.5 Miles (16% Transportation; 84% Recreation)
    •    39,187 Points
    •    #107 National Rank of Workplaces
    •    1,070,447 Calories Burned
    •    $1,787 Dollars Saved
    •    2,847 Pounds Carbon Emissions Prevented

    2015 National Bike Challenge RESULTS:
    In 2015, we logged in a total of 34,618 miles as a university with 46 members logging their miles consistently throughout the challenge. Congratulations to the participants who earned our 2015 bike challenge incentives:
    •    Biggest Mover - David King with 5,552 total points.
    •    Leader of the Pack – Robin Houze with 3,686 points during the first half of the challenge.
    •    Most Improved – Dan Vivian with 3,056 points during the second half of the challenge.
  • Fall 2011 Bike to Work Day: After Mayor Fischer rode his bike to work for National Bike to Work Day on May 20th, 2011, he immediately said, "This is great, we have to do this more often." So, we did. Friday, Sept. 30th, 2011 was Louisville's first ever FALL bike to work day and UofL was an active participant!
    >> UofL finished fourth (with 135 trips) in Louisville’s first-ever FALL Bike Commuter Challenge September 16-29, 2011. Check out the final scoreboard.

Recent Developments for Cyclists at UofL

2017

  • Coming Fall 2017: Campus Pathway Improvements: Lighting and curb-cuts
    In an effort to improve the safety and ease of navigating campus pathways on foot, in a wheelchair, or on bicycle, UofL will use a matching federal pedestrian transportation improvement grant to improve the quality and efficiency of outdoor lighting with LEDs and standardized curb-cut ramps installed along Belknap campus pathways and sidewalks.
  • New Deliniator Posts on 4th Street at UofL (Aug2017)August 2017: Posts installed to keep cars from parking in 4th Street bike lanes
    At the request of the UofL Sustainability Council, Louisville Metro installed flexible posts along 4th Street at University Pointe to address a perpetual problem of cars illegally parking in the bike lanes on both sides of the street where the roadway narrows.
  • LouVelo BikeShare Station installed at Brook+CardinalMay 2017: LouVelo city-wide bikeshare launches with stations at UofL
    In May 2017, Louisville Metro began installing stations around the city for its new bike share program, LouVelo. Stations have already been installed at HSC (Floyd & Abraham Flexner Way, and Floyd & Broadway) and the north side of UofL's Belknap campus (Brook & Cardinal, and 4th & Gaulbert), and more will be added across Belknap campus over the summer.
    Louvelo bikes feature an upright riding position, fenders, and a comfort saddle. Anyone can jump on a Louvelo bike and easily pedal across town. With over 30 stations across Louisville, finding a Louvelo station is quick and easy. Once signed up, you can easily check out a bike and return to any station within the system. LouVelo members can access any of the 300+ bikes though a station kiosk, a smart phone or with their membership card. The first hour of use is completely free for members, with usage fees only applied to those checking out a bike for over an hour. You may check a bike into any docking station at any time to restart the clock. Checking out a bike is quick and easy, and returning it is as simple as parking the bike in the dock. The free Transit App will also allow users to locate bike share stations and buy bike share passes using their mobile device.
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  • May 2017: UofL installs new bike racks as part of the SAC expansion at the east/Floyd Street entrance! The former racks at this location were redeployed to new locations around campus that need it, such as Schneider (Art) Hall on Belknap Campus and MedCenter One at HSC.
  • Spring 2017: Hill Street Road Diet & Smoother Routes to Campus
    In Spring 2017, bike lanes through Old Louisville to Belknap campus were repaved and repainted on 3rd Street (southbound) and Brook Street (northbound), providing smoother bikeway connections between Belknap campus and downtown/HSC.

    After UofL hosted the following public meetings and advocated for the changes, Louisville Metro Public Works repaved a stretch of Hill Street and implemented a Hill Street Road Diet Before+Afterroad diet on Hill Street from 1st St to Meriwether. Safety for all road users was improved in this vital connector to the northeast corner of Belknap campus as four travel lanes were reduced to two with dedicated turn lanes, bike lanes in both directions, and improved intersection curb cuts and crosswalks for pedestrians.

    Hill Street Blues?! Public Meetings on Redesign
    Thursday, March 30th, 11:30am-1:30pm & 5-7pm, Ekstrom Library Room W210
    Members of the university community and the public were encouraged to join us for this discussion with Metro Public Works about plans to repave and reconfigure an important corridor on the edge of Belknap Campus: Hill Street from 1st St to Meriwether Ave. The city sought our input on how this corridor could be reconfigured to make it safer for all road users, including drivers, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. We also encouraged all to participate in Bicycling For Louisville's advocacy survey to gauge public opinion about this and other potential projects in the coming months and years.

2016

    • Summer 2016: The UofL Foundation implemented Louisville's next road diet on Floyd Street through Belknap campus from Warnock to Brandeis. Floyd Street was reduced from a four-lane road that was not bike- or pedestrian-friendly to a two-lane road between Warnock and Brandeis featuring bike lanes in both directions, dedicated bus pull-outs at the Floyd Street Garage, and the replacement of an awkward, inefficient, and dangerous stoplight at Brandeis with a low-speed, yielding roundabout. The safety enhancements are expected to reduce dangerous vehicle speeds and improve traffic flow through the Floyd Street corridor.
    • Bike Facilities at J.D. Nichols Campus Garage (Jefferson+Preston).jpg2016: The UofL Foundation opened a new six-story, 835 space parking garage for the J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, just north of UofL's Health Sciences Center, at Jefferson and Preston streets. In addition to LED lighting, daylight harvesting lighting controls and electric vehicle-charging stations, the structure features UofL's first fully-protected indoor bicycle storage with lockers and a fix-it station for bike commuters. Anyone may rent access to the secure bike cage for $10/month or get your own bike locker for $15/month. For leasing information, contact: cboccieri@ntsdevco.com or call 502-569-1581.
    • March 2016: UofL BikeShare Expands to 3 more locations, including Health Sciences Center
      UofL's Sustainability Council & Campus Housing continue to expand the options for free daily checkout of bicycles on campus by students, faculty, and staff through the UofL Bikeshare program. By fixing up and recycling bikes which had been abandoned on campus, the bikeshare program has expanded to three more traditional on-campus housing locations, with free daily check-out now available for anyone with valid UofL ID at the front desks of Louisville Hall, University Tower Apartments (UTA), and the Medical-Dental Apartments at HSC downtown! This brings the total number of UofL Bikeshare locations to eleven!
    • Spring 2016: Expanded Covered Bike Parking
      In line with UofL's Bike Master Plan, we continued to improve bike parking on campus, with the installation of two new covered racks at residential locations (Threlkeld Hall, and behind Billy Minardi Hall) and the replacement of three large, problematic fence-style racks with more secure, user-friendly staple-style racks at the Natatorium and Thrust Theater.
    • Spring 2016: Campus as a Living Laboratory of Sustainability – Bike/Walk Lane Awareness Project
      For his practicum project, Corey Scott, a second year graduate student in the Communications Masters Program, took on the UofL Sustainability Council as a client and surveyed 219 students about their attitudes, norms, perceived behavioral control, and behavioral intention with respect to bike/walk lanes on and around campus. The project gauged student’s awareness and opinion about the lanes we have and their intentions and desires to use them properly. Designated lanes both on campus paths and on surrounding streets were found to be of value, safe, and desirable for both pedestrians and cyclists. The study documented a strong desire to see more designated lanes installed on more paths and streets around campus. Additional recommendations from the study included implementing a communication campaign to influence attitudes about the lanes (e.g. “The safest path to success!”) and to provide confidence-building tips and training for cyclists (especially older riders) about using the streets safely. The project was advised by Communication Professors Lindsay Della & Jasmine Wang.

    2015

    • UofL Libraries Book Courier Bike (new July 2015)More Work Bikes For UofL Employees: In 2015, the Sustainability Council equipped the Grounds crew staff (2) and UofL Libraries Book Courier Service (1) with work bikes for getting around campus instead of trucks, golf carts or other polluting, unhealthy, motorized vehicles. Cool New Ride Promotes Sustainable Mail Delivery (UofL Libraries Blog, Aug. 10, 2015)
    • Fall 2015: UofL's Sustainability Council expanded the options for free daily checkout of bicycles on campus by students, faculty, and staff through the UofL Bikeshare program. By fixing up and recycling bikes which had been abandoned on campus, two additional bikes were added to the existing fleet and five more bikes were used to expand the bikeshare program to traditional on-campus housing, with check-out now available for anyone with valid UofL ID at the front desks of Miller Hall, Threlkeld Hall, and Unitas Tower. New bikes were also added to the fleet available at Kurz and Bettie Johnson Halls.
    • August 2015: The UofL Foundation has installed a newly reconfigured, repaved, and restriped Warnock & Brook corridor at the busy east entrance of Belknap campus which provides new facilities to make bicycling and walking safer and more pleasant! The project completed mid-August 2015 features wider, improved sidewalks; a traffic-calming median on Warnock; new ramps onto the campus pathway network from Warnock at the Lutz circle; and new bike lanes on Warnock from Floyd to Brook; on Floyd Street at Warnock; and on Brook from Warnock south all the way over two railroads to 3rd & Iowa. See photos.
    • June 2015: UofL opened a brand new roadway through the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park connecting Brook Street to Third Street at Iowa Avenue via flyover bridges across two railways, covering just over half a mile. In line with UofL's Bike Master Plan, the roadway is not over-built for cars, but rather features bike lanes and wide sidewalks on both sides of the street, providing cyclists and pedestrians a safe and pleasant way to navigate across the railways that cut across campus. New delineator posts installed on new bike lanes on 4th Street under the railroad overpass (2015).
    • May 2015: In an effort to further enhance the safety of the new bike lanes that were installed on 4th Street, delineator posts were installed along the outside of the lanes under the railroad crossing. As called for in our UofL's Bike Master Plan, this creates a physical separation between bikes and motorized traffic through a relatively dark and dangerous section of the roadway that connects UofL's campus to student housing and businesses south of campus. Bike counters were also installed in each lane to track usage over time.
    • New pedestrian crossing with curb bulb-outs installed at HSC on Preston at Abraham Flexner Way (2015)

      April 2015: In line with efforts to implement our Bike Master Plan, a new mid-block pedestrian crossing with curb bulb-outs was installed at the Health Sciences Center to improve safety for walkers and cyclists crossing Preston Street at Abraham Flexner Way.

    2014

    • Fall 2014: 4th Street Road Diet from Cardinal Blvd to Industry Rd
      Metro Louisville’s Department of Public Works hosted two public meetings at UofL in regard to its plans to install traffic-calming measures on 4th Street through Belknap Campus during Fall Break 2014. The plan will effect Fourth Street from Cardinal Boulevard to Industry Road (including a dangerous railway underpass) and involves the addition of buffered bike lanes in each direction; the preservation of existing dedicated turn lanes and on-street parking lanes in both directions; and reducing the roadway to one vehicular travel lane in each direction. The new roadway configuration will look much like 4th Street north of Cardinal Blvd, but with bike lanes. More information on Metro's road diet projects here. The Draft 4th Street Road Diet Plan can be viewed here.
      UofL supports this change to enhance safety for all road users, particularly with the significant increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic that has come with the new housing and Student Rec Center developments around this corridor. A new 654-bed affiliated student housing project (“The Grove”) opened in August at 4th and Industry which has also generated considerably more pedestrian and bicycle traffic along 4th Street.
      Public Meetings were held at UofL's Student Recreation Center, Room 107
      Wednesday August 6th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
      Friday August 8th, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    • In August 2014, bike lanes around UofL on Cardinal Blvd., Floyd, Brook, 1st, 3rd and Gaulbert Streets were all re-striped with a more durable thermoplastic lane marking and improved safety design. New sharrows were added to Brandeis Ave between Arthur and Floyd, completing the link between the Germantown Neighborway and the bike lanes on Cardinal Blvd.
    • More Work Bikes For UofL Employees: Over summer 2014, the Sustainability Council equipped four more Physical Plant foremen, two Custodial staff, two Grounds crew staff, and the IT Help Desk staff with work bikes for getting around campus instead of trucks, golf carts or other polluting, unhealthy, motorized vehicles.
    • In May 2014, the new Falls City Community Bikeworks opened roughly mid-way between UofL's Belknap campus and Health Science Center. The not-for-profit shop is at 1217 Logan Street (just south of Oak) and provides the space, tools and expertise to any community member who wishes to learn and practice bicycle maintenance. The all-volunteer shop also offers refurbished bicycles, equipment, and skills to people who cannot afford to purchase roadworthy bicycles.
    • In Spring 2014, shared roadway markings for bicyclists were installed on Hancock Street, running through the eastern side of UofL's Health Science Center.
    • UofL worked with Metro Public Works to launch Louisville's first Neighborway, in April 2014! The new route provides safe connectivity for cyclists between Belknap Campus and the Highlands. To access the route from UofL, simply ride east on Cardinal Blvd, which bends and becomes Brandeis Ave. After crossing under the interstate, turn right on Bradley Ave. and begin following the pavement markings which proceed left onto E Barbee Ave, then left onto Shelby St, right onto Delor Ave, left onto Hickory St, jogging across Goss onto Spratt, and then right onto Ellison Ave. Ride that up the hill and you'll arrive at Barret Ave in the Highlands!
    • In spring 2014, new bike racks were installed at the main entrance to Kurz Hall, Law School courtyard, Cardinal Park on Floyd St. and at the new Nucleus building on HSC at Floyd & Market.

    2013

    Bicycle Friendly University - Silver (2013-17)
    “We will know we have made a lot of progress when you see people jogging on campus and riding their bikes.” - President Ramsey 2002

    • UofL Named 1 of 9 Great Colleges for Cyclists (Bicycling Magazine, Dec. 2013)
    • UofL has been named the most bicycle-friendly university in Kentucky (UofL Today, 11/14/13), earning a Silver rating in the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly University program! The designation is valid for 2013-2017. As of Fall 2013, there are a total of 75 Bicycle Friendly Universities in 32 states and Washington, D.C. including three in Kentucky:
      1. University of Louisville - Silver (New Fall 2013)
      2. University of Kentucky - Bronze
      3. Western Kentucky University - Bronze (New Fall 2013)
    • In late fall 2013, in consultation with UofL, Metro Louisville completed the installation of two new bike routes connecting Belknap campus to downtown:
      1. The route to UofL's Health Sciences Center was completed with a new bike lane and shared-lane markings on Floyd Street, jogging over to the recently installed bike facilities on Brook & 1st Streets via College Street.
      2. A new route has been installed to connect the northwestern edge of Belknap campus to downtown, featuring new bike lanes and shared-lane markings on W. Gaulbert Ave. and 6th and 7th Streets north to Market St.
    • On October 18th, 2013 UofL opened its new LEED Gold Student Recreation Center, including ample bike parking and new traffic-calming measures and a new mid-block pedestrian crossing signal on 4th Street.
    • NewIn Fall 2013, the Sustainability Council continued working to implement our Bike Master Plan, which includes designated pathways through Belknap campus to help reduce potential bike-pedestrian conflicts as we increase bike traffic on campus. We began by widening the path at one bottleneck point between Lutz Hall and Schneider Hall and by installing some markings as a pilot trial on a few priority routes. All routes are designed to be two-way. The effort is intended to give everyone some guidance about how to share the pathways, to designate some priority through-routes for bikes, and to give pedestrians a signal that they share the paths with faster-moving bicycles. On campus pathways, cyclists are encouraged to moderate speed, signal when passing, and always yield to pedestrians, no matter where they are.
    • Summer sees progress for campus cyclists (UofL Today, Aug. 21, 2013)
      Just in time for the new 2013-14 academic year, lots of great things are happening around campus to make bicycling easier, safer, and more accessible for everyone!
      1. New bike lanes north-bound from Belknap campus: After two years of advocacy and community meetings organized by UofL, Metro government has just installed newbike lanes on Brook and 1st Streets through Old Louisville, providing Belknap campus with our first ever north-bound bike facility and providing improved connectivity with Health Sciences! The lanes run from Cardinal to College Street and the city has plans to complete the connectivity to HSC, but even now it’s a fairly safe, low-traffic connection from there.
      2. Expanded UofL Bikeshare Program: The Sustainability Council has worked with UofL Housing over the summer to expand our bikeshare program considerably! Nine newly restored bikes (with fenders, basket, and lock) have been added to our campus bikeshare fleet and are now available for daily free check-out by any employee or student from the front desks of three residence halls along 4th Street: Community Park, Kurz Hall, and Bettie Johnson Hall. These bikes used to be available for residents only, but are now available to anyone at UofL! These bikes can be of particular help to folks on the northwest side of Belknap campus who want to get across campus, across town, or just to pop over to the new GHN Employee Wellness Center on the opposite end of campus.
      3. Suffering from flat tires? The Sustainability Council is now stocking pre-glued tube patches at all five of our Bike Fix-It Stations, which offer 24-hour access to basic tools and a pump on campus (at Humanities, SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and HSC Kornhauser plaza)! For help with repairs, scan the QR code on the Fixit to view detailed instructions, or download the Bike Repair App for iPhone.
      4. Find the facilities! Our interactive UofL Bike Parking Map has been updated to include the three new bike check-out locations and our new bike racks installed over the summer at several locations on Belknap and HSC. The map also indicates the Fix-it Station locations. You can also find bike lanes, paths, and safer routes throughout Louisville with the Louisville Bike Map (pdf) which now includes a UofL campus inset!
      5. Foremen on two wheels: The Sustainability Council has recently equipped six Physical Plant foremen and two Parking Officers with work bikes for getting around campus instead of golf carts or other polluting, unhealthy, motorized vehicles.
      6. Health Promoters on three wheels: Over the summer, the Sustainability Council equipped the Office of Health Promotion with an industrial tricycle for use by health advocates in hauling items across campus and raising awareness at campus events.
    • On May 20th, 2013, after two years of UofL advocating for such investment, Louisville Mayor Fischer released his 2013-14 budget proposal, including $300,000 to fund bike infrastructure connecting Belknap Campus with downtown! The proposal is for 28 miles of new bike lanes, including "$300,000 for restriping roads to allow bike lanes, primarily between the University of Louisville Belknap Campus and downtown." See the Old Louisville Bike Network map here.
    • In March 2013, UofL made pedestrian safety improvements to the Second Street alley and sidewalk area behind the Speed Museum parking garage by installing traffic-calming bollards and and gate, as well as the first separately designated pedestrian and bicycle/service vehicle lanes on any campus paths or alleys. In accordance with UofL's Bicycle Master Plan, the university will be installing more such improvements on campus corridors to improve pedestrian and cyclists safety.

    2012

    • Fall 2012: As a part of UofL's Climate Action Plan, the Sustainability Council launches its new Earn-A-Bike Program: Forgo a parking permit for at least two years and earn a $400 bike shop voucher! Applications accepted throughout the summer each year, with vouchers awarded at the start of each Fall semester.Read story.
    • Fall 2012: Bicycle lanes installed on Cardinal Boulevard between Floyd Street and 3rd Street
    • In August 2012, the Sustainability Council began implementing UofL's new Bike Master Plan by installing 66 new bike racks (432 bike spaces) at numerous locations around Belknap campus (see our Interactive UofL Bike Parking Map), as well as five Bike Fix-It Stations with basic tools and a pump (at Humanities, SAC/Red Barn Plaza, SAC Floyd St. entrance, University Tower Apartments and HSC Kornhauser plaza).
      - For help with repairs scan the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the Fixit to view detailed instructions on your smart phone.
      These much-needed improvements were funded through our Climate Action Plan. Learn more.
    • In 2012, as a direct result of UofL's Train-the-Trainers Program, funded by a grant from the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission, Get Healthy Now offered Safe Cycling Classes for all UofL employees and participants in the Get Healthy Now program:

      Location: Crawford Gym, Room 15
      April 3 - May 8, 2012: Fridays, 11:00 a.m.
      July 6 - August 10, 2012: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
      August 2 - November 6, 2012: Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.
      The class was designed as a guide to various aspects of safety, such as basic equipment maintenance, skills, and rules of the road. The content was based on the League of American Bicyclists' national BikeEd program, with the central idea being "Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles." The class intended to help you to become a cyclist who rides with greater safety and confidence. Get Healthy Now encourages participants to ride bicycles for fun, fitness, and transportation, leading to a happier and healthier person, planet, and safer environment for all.
      These new bike safety classes were made possible by funds generated through the purchase of "Share the Road" license plates by Kentucky motorists! Funding from the Paula Nye Memorial Education Grant has allowed UofL to:
      1. Provide American League of Bicyclists Certified Instructors (through a subcontract with Bicycling for Louisville) to conduct free training to educators from university, high school and community organizations in bicycle safety and confident cycling, in order for them to return to their respective institutions to train students and community members; and to provide the educational and curriculum materials needed to train these educators and their future students; and
      2. Create, post, and distribute bicycling maps as an additional means to educate people about safe means of bicycling on UofL campuses (reducing conflicts with pedestrians) and bicycling to campus by accessing bicycle gateways and connecting with Metro bike routes and public transit lines. You can see the results of this project in the UofL inset on new Louisville Bike Map (pdf) released March 2013!

     

    2011

    • In line with ourBicycle Master Plan, UofL collaborated throughout 2011 with Metro Government and area neighborhood groups to create a plan for a safe network of on-street bike facilities around our campuses. We especially needed a northbound route from Cardinal Blvd that provides safe, (s)low-traffic connectivity with our Health Sciences Center and downtown. Despite resistance to the idea from Metro Public Works, we still think this is an ideal test-case for Louisville's first dedicated Bike Boulevard with limited, local-access-only auto traffic (learn about Portland, Oregon's bike boulevards with this great video). The plan for Old Louisville bike corridors developed through this process is available for review here.
    • In 2011, UofL's released its first Bicycle Master Plan! As a part of our campus master planning efforts, UofL has developed comprehensive plans for making our campuses more walkable and bike-friendly and we are working with Metro government and surrounding neighborhoods to improve linkages with citywide bike routes. Our Bicycle Master Plan provides guidance for facilities, signage, surface treatments, and pathways that are designed to encourage bicycling while enhancing the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on all three of our campuses.

    2010

    • New bike rackswere installed in 2010 at priority locations (most covered) on HSC and Shelby campuses. New racks were added to the Red Barn plaza / SAC west entrance in 2011; and in spring 2012, three new large racks were installed at the north entrance to Louisville Hall, and one covered rack at the west entrance to Threlkeld Hall.
    • Nearly 300 employees for UofL's vendors/contractors (including Sodexo, the University Club, SSC Service Solutions, and City Café) came under UofL's agreement with TARC in Fall 2011 to allow them free access to the entire bus system.

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