Healthy Mobility: Implementing Bike Share in Louisville

APA Kentucky Chapter


Friday, September 29, 2017
noon - 1:30 p.m. EDT

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In May 2017, Louisville launched LouVelo, the city and state’s first public bike share system.  The launch was five years in the making and took a combination of federal and state support along with a public-private partnership to implement the system. 


Bicycle sharing is a service in which public bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short term basis. Bicycles are geared for transportation: to get to and from work, and for leisure and recreational trips. Bike share allows users to take one way trips within the network, and complements other forms of public transportation by serving as a “last mile” connection between a transit stop and final destination.


Bike sharing is truly transformative. Relative to its cost, bike sharing brings an overwhelming number of benefits. This section provides a summary of some of the financial, health, environmental, and transportation / mobility benefits of bike sharing.


The LouVelo bike share system has 305 bicycles and 27 stations. In just two months, there have been more than 3,000 on LouVelo bikes. Due to the success, Louisville is looking to expand the system into the adjacent downtown neighborhoods.


Attendees will learn about the steps Louisville took to plan, implement, fund and sustain the bike share system.  Additionally, attendees will hear about how bike share fits into Louisville’s overall multi-modal transportation planning efforts.  Finally, the team will speak to the day-to-day operations and what challenges and opportunities exist for the future of bike share in Louisville. 


Matthew Glaser

Matthew Glaser is the General Manager of LouVelo and is an employee of Cyclehop, a bike share operator throughout North America. Matthew is responsible for all the day to day operations of LouVelo as well as providing outreach programs to the community. Matthew graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science ... Read More

Rolf Eisinger

Rolf Eisinger works as Louisville Metro’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Rolf was car free while he earned his BA at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since then, he moved to Louisville and earned a Master’s in Public Health from UofL. While in graduate school Rolf raced his ... Read More

Jeff O'Brien, AICP

Jeff O'Brien is the Deputy Director of Advanced Planning for Louisville Metro Government. He has nearly 15 years of experience with local planning agencies in Kentucky and Illinois. He lead several major planning efforts for Louisville Metro Government including Vision Louisville, Move Louisville – a multi-modal transportation plan, the 2040 ... Read More

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