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Louisville's Only Downtown Bicycle Shop
Servicing/repairing all bikes
Selling new road & street bicycles
Online purchase assistance & assembly
Renting road bikes by the day
Challenging Louisville's transportation policies
Reclaiming the commons
107 W Market St
502 583 2232
M-F 9am-dusk
Sat 10am-5pm
Hours are weather sensitive
Online service:  have your online bike purchase shipped directly to the shop, we will assemble the bike and custom fit your new bike to you.
Keyhole service: lock your bike out front and drop the key in the hole in the door


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JCPS & Greenhouse Gas

Below is the JCPS response to an Open Records Request re: climate change.Below that is the Request.===30 November 2021“We do not possess any records responsive to your request.”Amanda HerzogAssistant General Counsel, Contract, Insurance & Data SharingJefferson County Public Schools3332 Newburg RoadLouisville, KY 40218===To: Open Records CoordinatorVanHoose Education Center, Room 3213332 Newburg RoadLouisville KY 40218open.records@jefferson.kyschools.us OPEN RECORDS ACT REQUESTPursuant to KRS 61.870 to 61.884 From: JACKIE GREEN1645 Stevens AveLouisville KY 40202 This request is not for commercial purposes. 1) Please provide records showing individually the number of diesel, and gasoline, and electric, and hybrid, andalternative fuel powered school buses owned by JCPS or its related contractors (corporate entities) for the last five year period.2) Please provide records showing the total vehicle fuel purchases in dollars and gallons for each of the past five years by year.3) Please provide any calculation of the greenhouse gas emissions annually from JCPS transportation activities for each of the last five years.4) Please provide records of any air quality investigation or testing performed by or for JCPS showing student exposure to pollution from school buses at any location including waiting for buses, traveling on buses or at bus staging areas.5) Please provide records of JCPS’s surface parking acreage either owned or leased by JCPS.6) Please provide records showing individually the number of vans, SUVs, sedans and trucks owned by...

Conversation w/ university professor

A conversation regarding expansive use of EVs as a solution to transportation’s impact on climate resulted in a University of California – Davis and Berkeley professor forwarding her course syllabus reading list for the week studying EVs this spring. She states and asks: “the situation is dire. But how can we achieve the needed changes? …on the ground, not just theoretically. That is the most essential question “. Below is the “How to” answer to her question (modeled to the Louisville KY realities). And below that is her reading list. How to Calm & Reduce Urban Traffic – inexpensively – very quickly – without telling drivers they may not drive…reduce length of bus routes, extend routes only six miles +/- from First and Main, this immediately increases by several fold urban service, suburbs seven plus miles from First and Main are, for the moment, hopelessly car dependent…establish dedicated bus lanes (increases transit frequency and efficiency)….give buses the right of way at urban intersections (puts drivers at a disadvantage) …turn urban one way streets to two way streets (slows traffic)…have urban signals blink yellow or red but never green (elevates caution while decreasing speed)…establish a bus depot/station/square (one city block surrounded by bus stops with a grocery store in the vicinity) with most routes passing one of the four perimeter streets (creates transit hub)…eliminate urban surface parking lots (ground and elevated) by creating excessive fees for lots (result: owners will redevelop space as residential/commercial/park)…eliminate urban street parking (passive discouragement for drivers)…dedicate streets and adjacent 9’ +/- lanes to cyclists and scooters…put bike racks and scooter parking in the street (not the sidewalk)…eliminate the concept...

EVs (electric vehicles)- a hoax

Electric cars are still cars. They: – require resource extraction, – require manufacturing processes, – require wasteful infrastructure (parking lots & highways), – consume too high a percentage of family budgets, – are powered by coal and fracked gas (laundered like bad money at electrical power stations), – kill and maim people and wildlife, – and ultimately become a huge recycling challenge or contribute to landfills. EVs (cars) are...

Randy Newman, Short People, smaller bikes

Randy Newman had it all wrong. The Bike Couriers Bike Shop has several road bikes 54cm and smaller (only one more 41cm left). Short people have a lot to live for. With the exception of a 56cm tri bike, all of our larger sizes are sold out. Expecting delivery of all sizes in December. For your listening pleasure:...

Biden and Electric Vehicles

Biden wants half the US fleet of cars to be electric by 2030. The policy should be to halve the US fleet of cars. 1) EVs are fueled by coal and fracked gas, 2) EVs still demand massive material input in manufacturing and parking, 3) surface parking lots contribute to urban heat and flooding, 4) EVs encourage sprawling land use, 5) EVs are detrimental to public transit and walkable communities, 6) EV batteries are not benign, 7) EVs eventually are junked, 8) EVs kill people, animals and habitat, 9) EVs drain police, EMS & fire dept resources, 10) EVs are a marketing lie on so many levels.The image below is another example of the lies. This image is from electric bike advertising. These bikes are very heavy. They are not powered by humans, but by electricity generated by mining/drilling/burning coal and fracked...

Bikes Arriving, Order Now

Order your bike today!!!In 2021 bikes nationally were in very short supply.In 2022 bike selections are anticipated to be as limited as they were in 2021.We are told we will receive the following bikes *beginning in December 2021.We are now taking your orders on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis for these bikes..Jamis Beatnik – MSRP $499.00 https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/urban-fitness/fixie/beatnik/.Jamis Coda S3 – MSRP $539.00 https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/urban-fitness/urban-fitness/coda/.Jamis Coda S2 – MSRP $729.00.Jamis Ventura A2 – MSRP $1,049.00 https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/adventure-gravel/road/ventura/.Jamis Ventura A1 – MSRP $1,249.00.Jamis Renegade A1 – MSRP $1099.00 https://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/adventure-gravel/allroad-adventure/renegade/.Jamis Renegade S4 – MSRP $1399.00 If you want to order a Jamis bicycle not included in the following list let us know ASAP. *“beginning in December”Suppliers cannot tell us definitively which models will arrive in December 2021. December is a target. If the target is hit, it is certain that only some of the bikes will be in before the new year. Nor can suppliers predict freight and tariff costs. From the Jamis website: “Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes shipping costs, dealer assembly/prep, taxes or import duties.”The end result is that we (you and the shop) are going to have to exercise a bit of flexibility as costs/prices settle down. MSRP is almost certain to change. Given the unusual supply line circumstances, we are giving you an opportunity to secure a new bike ahead of arrival. “Those who...

Louisville and the Climate Emergency

In 2005, former Mayor Jerry Abramson committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.In 2009, the Partnership for a Green City published the Climate Action Report, which included a greenhouse gas inventory,In 2011, on Mayor Fischer’s second day in office, he ceremoniously renewed the city’s commitment to Abramson’s Climate Protection Agreement.In 2016, Louisville completed another greenhouse gas inventory report and Fischer signed the Global Covenant of Mayors.In 2019, Fishcer declared a Climate Emergency.Reminds me of my neighbors’ recent tragic emergency. The smell of smoke cut through the smell of popcorn as they were watching Olympic competitions. They rushed out of the house to see what was burning only to discover flames leaping and smoke billowing out of their second floor windows. Quick thinking resulted in a parent making a phone call to the fire department. That done, they herded the children back into the family room to see which country’s athletes could run the...

Pedestrians, sidewalks, jaywalking and other lies

Language, thought, culture and relations are best served by truth. It is hoped the following is heard, not as a pedantic rant, nor as another ‘politically correct’ weapon, but as an exploration shedding some light on our transportation system. The history of ‘jaywalking’ is a tale of manipulation, and ultimately, one of deception.* The early automotive industry, in a rush to get people out of the way of their contraptions, tagged anyone crossing traffic in an uncontrolled manner as a ‘jay’, a naive, inexperienced country bumpkin who, being new to the city, does not know how to navigate the urban landscape. ‘Jaywalk’ is currently defined as: ‘to cross or walk in the street or road unlawfully or without regard for approaching traffic’. The ‘jaywalking’ concept is used to force crossings at intersections rather than mid block. It is claimed that crossing at intersections enhances safety. In reality, it places non-drivers in the most dangerous of areas, where traffic approaches from four or more directions. Mid block crossings generally require looking in only two directions. A truer, historically correct definition of ‘jaywalk’ is: ‘a pejorative term used by the early automotive industry to curtail the use of the commons by citizens’.  The above paragraph, except in the current definition of ‘jaywalk’, intentionally avoids the use of the words ‘street’ and ‘sidewalk’. Together those two comprise a linear expression of ‘the commons’. Parks, libraries, civic buildings are also part of the commons, but not part of this conversation. The ‘street’ and ‘sidewalk’ have become tools of manipulation to control people. (Note the avoidance of the word ‘pedestrians’. Later.) Back when our streets were shared with horses, oxen and...

Reasons you should ride a bicycle

Petroleum Free Transportation

combats global climate change
improves local air quality
leaves no oil on our streets and in our drinking water
keeps local dollars local
frees our military from protecting foreign oil
promotes global peace

Bikes Are

healthy exercise
smart personal economy
great traffic calming influences
family-friendly
not electric (coal or fracked gas fueled) vehicles
fun!

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