LOUISVILLE, KY. In its first-ever edition, the Bicycling for Louisville Bike Kick-Off brought together several members of the cycling community of Louisville at the Clifton Center on Wednesday, January the 8th. The three-hour event started with a greeting session during which 16 different local businesses, clubs, and government agencies were able to meet with the event attendees.
Half-way through the evening Mayor Greg Fischer spoke in the auditorium to the congregation of more than 300 about his plans to increase bicycle safety and friendliness in the city. Following him a representative from the Parks Department spoke about the developments in the Louisville Loop, a 100 mile paved, mixed-use cycling trail surrounding the city, and the progress that the Parks Department has made in conjunction with the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (KyMBA) in the development of new cycling trails in Jefferson County. Rolf Eisinger, the Engineering Technician for Bike Louisville, the Metro Public Works division in charge of bicycling infrastructure, gave a virtual tour of the progress that has been made and must be made in the city through its Bicycle Master Plan. Finishing the speeches for the night was Chris Glasser, president of Bicycling For Louisville (B4L), who spoke enthusiastically about B4L’s mission to promote cycling in the city, the budget improvements that have to be implemented by the government, and how to join and support B4L.
The Student Cycling Coalition was well represented by President Andrew Tursic, Vice-president Abner Miralda, and Outreach Executive Josh Goodman. It was the organization’s first public/community event and it allowed the members of the community their first chance to meet the people behind the movement.
The SCC is looking to fill its roster for the upcoming Road, Mountain, and Cyclocross seasons for the 2014 season. Any interested students are encouraged to visit the SCC booth at the upcoming RSO Fair on Wednesday 15, at noon in the SAC Multi-Purpose room. Don’t know where the Multi-purpose room is? You may know it as “The upstairs SAC cafeteria”.
Also, the SCC’s first meeting will be on Thursday, January 16 at 5pm in SAC room W303A. Dinner will be provided, the racing schedule will be discussed, and the coach and bicycle shop sponsors will be presented!
Interested in sponsoring the SCC? Send us an email at UofLcycling@gmail.com or use the contact for in our webpage!