For Friday’s Bike to Work Day, Louisville cyclists met up in area parks and rode downtown for free coffee and bananas before heading to their jobs.
Less than 2 percent of Louisville residents commute by bicycle, according to data compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine. Some people cite safety concerns; others say the infrastructure just doesn’t suit cyclists. But the city is working to change that.
In his budget proposal for next year, Mayor Greg Fischer put nearly $300,000 to improving the city’s cycling infrastructure, which includes painting, striping and creating new bike lanes.
But Louisvillians who choose to ride their bikes to work do it for a number of reasons. Some say it is liberating. Some say it is a great way to boost their health. Others say the amount of money they save on gase makes it an obvious choice. Here is what they had to say:
“I rode my bike once and I realized it took less time to ride my bike than it did to drive.”
“To get that exercise in on your commute saves you about an hour-and-a-half to two hours—time I would be spending in a gym.”
—Andrea Pompei Lacy
“Most everybody loves to ride a bike. When you ride a bike, you feel free, you’re out there, you got the wind blowing through your hair. People are smiling, you’re waving and saying, ‘I’m having a good day.’”
—Mayor Greg Fischer
“It was a great ride, it was fun to be with a group of people. I felt like we were a biker gang rolling in to downtown Louisville this morning.”
“I do follow all the rules of the road. I usually have maybe one or two people that get aggravated, but I just fluff it off.”
“It’s refreshing, it’s powerful, it’s a sense of independence and a sense of freedom, for me.”
“Instead of filling my truck up once a week, I fill it up once a month, maybe. If people don’t want to ride for the health of it, ride for money of it. You can save a ton of money.”
“I’ve been riding since I was a kid. I got back into it in order to gain some fitness, lose some weight.”
“I like it but we still have some problems with roads, but they are getting much better.”