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.
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 is designating 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.
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).
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 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.
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?
% of Accidents
Wrong-way riding facing traffic
Left turn from the right side of the road
Failure to yield from driveway
Running a stop sign or signal
Swerving in front of car *
Total Bicyclist at fault
Left turn in front of the bicyclist
Right turn in front of the bicyclist
Running a stop sign or signal
Opening car door into path of bicyclist
Failure to yield from driveway
Didn’t see cyclist*
Total Motorist at fault
* Cyclists hit from behind = only 10% of accidents!
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
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culture of bicycling and other modes of alternative transportation!
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 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
- 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
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.)
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 & Bike Month!
Pedal with the President - an annual ride to campus with President Ramsey from his official residence, Amelia Place (2515
Longest Avenue) to both Belknap campus and HSC. - Join us for the 2014 Pedal With The President for Welcome Week on Thursday, Aug. 28th at 7:30am! - 2013 Pedal With The President for Welcome Week (Aug. 29): About 24 participants joined in. See photos from the 2013 ride! UofL president and faculty bike to work (WLKY-32). - 2012 Pedal With The President (May 10): UofL president, employees bike to work (WLKY). 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.
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!