National Bike Challenge! May 1st to September 30th, 2016 Saddle
up and ride for team UofL in the 2016 National Bike Challenge! Show
your support for a healthy lifestyle and sustainable transportation.
Register as an individual to compete against your peers. Your miles
cycled will count towards the University of Louisville (workplace or
school) 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! To Register: 1. Visit nationalbikechallenge.org 2. Click “join”
3. Select “The University of Louisville” as your workplace (students
register for “University of Louisville” under school category) The
National Bike Challenge is open to everyone, however the Get Healthy Now
competition is restricted to UofL employees, retirees, and their
Find bike lanes, paths, and safer routes throughout Louisville with the 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 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).
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. - Can't fix it yourself? The Louisville Student Cycling Coalition can help! Just fill out their online Fix It request form. - 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.
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 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.
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 at Humana Gym •Residence Halls:Bettie Johnson Hall, Community Park, Kurz Hall, Louisville Hall, Miller Hall, Threlkeld Hall, Unitas Tower, University Tower Apartments (UTA), and the Medical-Dental Apartments at HSC downtown (not just for residents!)
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.
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
- A Louisville podcast centered around the stories, ideas, news, and
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.
National 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. You can register as an individual to
compete against your peers. Your miles cycled will count towards the
University of Louisville (workplace or school) 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!
2015 National Bike Challenge RESULTS: 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.
To Register: 1. Visit nationalbikechallenge.org, 2.
Click “join”, 3. Select “The University of Louisville” as your
workplace (students register for “University of Louisville” under
school category). The National Bike Challenge is open to everyone,
however the Get Healthy Now competition is restricted to UofL
employees, retirees, and their spouses/qualifying adults.
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!