Are you biking to work? This Friday, May 30, 2014, is the best time to pull out your bikes and join Louisville’s Bike to Work Day. Rain or shine, the Bike to Work Day celebration is taking place on Friday, May 30. All of us are encouraged to ride our bicycles to work.
People who bike to work statistics
According to statistics, the number of people who go to work by riding a bicycle increased about 60% over the past decade. U.S. Census Bureau detailed in its new report entitled Modes Less Traveled - Bicycling and Walking to Work in the United States: 2008-2012 that about 786,000 commuted by bicycle during those years. The report revealed that Portland, Oregon had the highest bicycle commuting rate at 6.1%, up from 1.8% in 2000. Louisville unfortunately was not one of the cities with high bicycle commuting rate. Also, Kentucky was not considered one of the most bike-friendly states, but we can still do something about it. We can start by participating in the Bike to Work Day Celebration.
Bike to Work Day event details
Here’s what you need to know about Bike to Work Day:
- There are five designated meet and ride stations namely:
- Seneca Park - at the basketball court parking lot, west of the tennis courts
- Tyler Park - at the basketball court next to Baxter Avenue
- Iroquois Park - at the amphitheater parking lot
- Shawnee Park - at the Southern Parkway and Broadway entrance
- Southern Indiana - at the Park and TARC lot on Illinois Avenue and 9th street
- Meet and ride starts at 7:00 a.m.
- Riders are required to have a helmet.
If you are biking to work for the first time this year, here are five things you have to remember:
- Make sure your bike is tuned up, operating smoothly and properly equipped
- Find a seasoned biking buddy
- Make yourself more visible by getting out of the gutter or riding in bike lane
- Start slow and build over time
- Obey the rules of the road and enjoy the ride
Also, one of the biggest and probably most obvious tips is to be careful. Cars don't always see bicycles, and it is important to be observant. Also, be careful of parked cars. There may be people inside the cars who are about to get out of their car. If they don't see you and open their door when you are about to pass by them, you will hit their open car door. Biking on the road can be intimidating if you're not used to being so close to moving cars. Please don't push yourself and go at a speed that you're comfortable with. This will help keep you safe and avoid accidents.