Here in The Parklands we offer several different areas to ride bicycles, but as more and more people use our trails, we see a need to focus on bike safety. The first area that many of you have already been using is The Louisville Loop, which is the hard surface, multi-use path. We also find bikers using our park road and the trails throughout the park. These various options present our visitors alternative ways to exercise and enjoy our park- but they are all shared paths.
There are some basic recommendations to follow to ensure that you enjoy your park experience:
When you enter the park roadway on a bike you are now a vehicle and are afforded the same rights as other motorists, however with rights come responsibilities. Please follow the rules of the road and stop at Stop Signs and Red Lights. Other things to consider when bicycling on the road are: go with the flow of traffic, yield to traffic, including pedestrian traffic at intersections and crosswalks, and be predictable. Please stay alert at all times and leave your I-pod at home.
The last safety tip I will share with you with is to “be seen”. Daylight hours are getting shorter and we are still trying to enjoy the most time outside that we can, so please remember to wear reflective clothing and include a light kit on your bike so you can be seen by others.
Thanks and “be careful out there”, Pete the Park Ranger.
Ranger Pete, who hails from Long Island, New York, is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he was a member of the football team for four years. Before coming on as The Parklands’ first Chief Ranger in August of 2012, Pete retired as Sergeant from Louisville Metro Police Department where he worked in many departments including homicide, patrol, narcotics, S.W.A.T and the Public Integrity Unit. Pete has two daughters and enjoys working out, cycling and running in his spare time. Contact me about: Park Safety, Report Graffiti or Suspicious Activity, Report Trespassing
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