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How bike friendly is Louisville

We take a closer look at Louisville’s bike score, and how we can increase bicycle-friendliness in Derby City.


Take a spin around Cherokee Park’s 2.3-mile Scenic Loop. | Photo by @e_enilorac

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Derby City scored 43 out of 100 on Walk Score’s bikeability meter, deeming it a “somewhat bikeable” city.

Our score is determined by four components: bike lanes, hills, destinations and connectivity, and bicycle mode share. Wondering what all that means? Let’s bike it out.

🛣️ Bike lanes

Walk Score rates this category on the total length of bike paths and lanes. Learn more about local bike routes or plan a bike commute.

🏔️ Hill score

Hilliness is based on the steepest grade within our area, calculated using the National Elevation Data set from the United States Geological Survey (USGC). Play with the USGS’ interactive map to learn more about nearby topography.

🗺️ Destinations and connectivity

This uses our city’s Walk Score, which measures whether or not you need a car to run daily errands. Derby City scored a 34, but neighborhoods like Phoenix Hill, Central Business District, and Highlands scored higher.

While you may need a vehicle to get around most of Louisville, the bus system’s “Bikes on Board” program makes it easier to get around.

🤝 Bicycle mode share

This category takes into account the social nature of bicycling. Even though Louisville doesn’t have tons of bicycling infrastructure, more cyclists mean more drivers are aware of bicycles — which makes roadways safer. Learn more about bike safety, including laws and reporting incidents.

A bright orange bike rack with metal lettering reading "LOUISVILLE"

If there were a score for “best bike racks” we’d get a 100.

Photo by LOUtoday

🚲 How can we boost our score?

Our city is already taking steps (er, pedals?) towards becoming more bike-friendly with initiatives like rightsizing roads to better accommodate bike lanes and pedestrians.

We can also boost our community score by joining one of these cycling organizations.

Don’t have a bike yet? Rent one or support one of these local bike shops:

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