CycLOUvia, the popular event showcasing alternative transportation, is returning to Bardstown Road for the fifth time on Sunday, October 16, Mayor Greg Fischer announced. Additionally, to honor Councilman Tom Owen, a lifelong advocate for bicycles and pedestrians in our community, the CycLOUvia event on Bardstown Road will now be known as The Tom Owen CycLOUvia in the Highlands.
Bardstown Road from Douglass Boulevard to Broadway will be closed to vehicular traffic from 2-6 p.m. Police will facilitate a motor crossing at Grinstead Drive and Eastern Parkway. Many businesses along the corridor will be open and engaging the street with specials events.
“CycLOUvia is a fantastic, community gathering event that breaks the norm of cars on the street,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “While you are at CycLOUvia enjoying the road on your bicycles, be sure to stop and support our local businesses.”
This event will include the first CycLOUvia kids parade. Kids of all ages can ride with their bikes, scooters and skateboards for a parade at 2:30 pm from Douglass Boulevard to the Louisville Fire Station at Bardstown Road and Maryland Avenue. Tom Owen will serve as grand marshal of the parade. Following the parade, LMPD will be at the fire station offering kids IDs and The Diaper Fairy Cottage (1811 Bardstown Road) will have a bubble bash and sidewalk chalk for the kids. Park Community Credit Union will be stationed at Douglass Boulevard handing out water.
CycLOUvia is designed to encourage more communities to close streets to cars and open them to people. The return to the Highlands marks the tenth CycLOUvia event and fifth on Bardstown Road. Previous events have been held on Frankfort Avenue, West Broadway and in Three Points (Germantown, Schnitzelburg and Shelby Park).
Commercial establishments with frontage along the Bardstown Road corridor are encouraged to open their businesses during event hours and to engage participants, creating an atmosphere that is uniquely Louisville.
Streets account for a substantial amount of public land in all cities. CycLOUvia repurposes these public spaces by temporarily replacing traditional vehicular traffic with pedestrian traffic.
Since 2012, CycLOUvia events have attracted tens of thousands of people to various neighborhoods across the city. In addition to being part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, CycLOUvia promotes healthy lifestyles, alternative transportation, bike/pedestrian safety and economic development.
For more information, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/advanced-planning/cyclouvia