May 14, 2013 06:46 PM
UofL encourages you to discover the many benefits of getting around by bike!
Saddle Up for Bike Month!
Spring is the perfect time to
rediscover the health-promoting, money-saving and planet-protecting joys
of getting around on two wheels. May is Bike Month, so saddle up,
Cards! Join or form a UofL team for Louisville’s Bike Month Challenge
May 1-16. Log your trips by bike to grab prizes and the coveted golden
handlebars at the Bike To Work Day celebration at noon on Friday, May
17th at 4th Street Live! Need a bike? Register to win one, or check one
out free any day from Humana Gym or the SAC gym.
7:00am May 17th: Bike To Campus Ride! Join
the UofL Sustainability Council and Get Healthy Now in celebrating Bike
to Work Day on Friday, May 17th! This event is aimed at novice riders
looking to gain confidence and begin commuting by bike. Guided rides
will leave from Tyler Park
at 7:00 am and follow low-traffic neighborhood streets to either
Belknap Campus or downtown. Riders will have the opportunity to stop at
the new Get Healthy Now Wellness Center to re-hydrate and tour the
facility. Bagels, coffee, fruit, water, and a gift bag raffle will be
available! Details and RSVP here.
11:30am May 17th: Gather at the North Info Center (1st & Brandeis) for aGroup Ride from Belknap Campus to Bike To Work Day Celebration at 4th Street Live!
Find bike lanes, paths, and safer routes throughout Louisville with the new Louisville Bike Map (pdf). Print copies can be found at distribution points around campus, including the SAC and Ekstrom Library.
If needed, you can shower at UofL gyms. The Clinical & Translational Research Building (HSC) and Stevenson Hall (Belknap) also have restrooms with showers.
Register your bike with UofL before parking it on campus. This will increase the likelihood of recovery if stolen.
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 try to 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).
Keep it Rolling! Five 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 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.
Use your UofL ID to check out a bike, helmet, and lock for free for the day! Bikes are available each day first-come, first-served at: • SAC Gym equipment desk (students & employees) • Humana Gym (employees & Get Healthy Now members) • ULP residence halls such as Community Park (residents only)
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/damage.
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
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
- 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 launched a new WeCar car-share system!
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
- 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
- Take transit or drive if you don't have the gear to ride comfortably in
The Sustainability Council offers free bike tune-ups and training at campus events.
My bike is beat up - Tell a reputable bike shop that you are commuting and have them tune up
your bike. - Learning to keep your bike running smooth is easier than you might imagine. Check out these great instructional videos for Kentucky riders! kyGREENtv also offers short videos on How to Check Your Bike Before You Ride - Part I (bearings) and Part II (all else). - Five 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 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. - If you can't maintain your bike yourself, identify bike shops near your
route. Here's a listing of area bike shops.
- Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before
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
- Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up
- Most commuters don't shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool
- 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.
(These tips brought to you by the League of American Bicyclists. Get more tips here.)
active with Get
Healthy Now's free Safe Cycling classes open to all UofL employees! Safe
Cycling will help you to become a cyclist who rides with greater safety and
confidence. The classes cover basic bike maintenance, riding skills, rules of
the road, and more. The central idea of this class is "Cyclists fare best when they act
and are treated as drivers of vehicles." Additional
Mackenzie-Rollinson (phone: 852-7755).
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. Read story.
UofL Celebrates Bike Month Each May!
Pedal with the President - an annual ride to campus with President Ramsey for Bike To Work Day from his official residence, Amelia Place (2515
Longest Avenue) to both Belknap campus and HSC. - 2012 Pedal With The President (May 10): UofL president, employees bike to work (WKLY). See photos from the 2012 ride! - 2011 Bike To Work Day (May 20): 17 UofL employees pedaled with the President. See photos from the 2011 ride. Watch the video for 2011. - 2010 Bike To Work Day (May 21):video.
Challenge - Various UofL teams participate in this annual challenge designed to encourage people to get out of their cars and ride through a friendly competition of logging trips by bike. Each year, three UofL teams have finished in the top half of the rankings since the Challenge began in 2010! Results of the 2012 Louisville Bicycle Challenge (May 1-17): 1. Speed School Jeep Dodgers (4th place, 144 trips, 557 miles) 2. UofL Sustainability
Council Crankers (5th place, 133 trips, 300 miles) 3. UofL Bicyclists (7th place, 68 trips, 202 miles)
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!