Louisville man pushes for bike options during bridge closure - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Louisville man pushing for more bike options during bridge closure

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)

While the Sherman Minton bridge is closed, weekday drivers are stuck in traffic.

Some people have started taking new routes and finding new ways to get to work.

"We should take advantage of this opportunity and encourage people to ride the bikes," says Louisville resident Jackie Green.

While it's easy to find people now biking across the bridges, Jackie Green, who rides bikes regularly and owns some bike shops in Louisville, says not all bridges are ideal for cyclists.

"For those folks who are using Clark, 2nd Street bridge, they need to be real cautious with the expansion joints that are on the bridge. There are about 4 sets of expansion joints and those can wreak havoc if your wheels are not aligned properly," says Jackie Green.

Green says he just wishes there was another option for the people that are using their bicycles to now cross the bridges. He is proposing one lane of the Sherman Minton bridge be opened for cyclists, saying they wouldn't further damage the bridge.

"There are service vehicles currently on the bridge and it would take 20 cyclists to equal the weight of one of those service vehicles," says Jackie Green.

A representative with the Louisville Mayor's Office says, that's an idea that will not happen while the bridge is closed.  He says nobody is allowed on the bridge, and the people working on it know there is a risk.

But, for people wanting to cross, without taking a bridge, there is now another option. The Spirit of Jefferson shuttle that has been transporting people, will now allow bikes onboard, as long as space allows. They are hoping the bike-friendly option will appeal to some drivers, making this week's commute a little easier for some people..as well as giving them more options.

As for the Sherman Minton bridge, officials did tour the bridge on Saturday to get a look at some of the problems. It will be at least two more weeks before the inspection of the bridge is complete and before they decide what will need to be done to it.

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