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July 26, 2010

Legislators Pedal On Common Ground

More than 75 legislators and staff to join NCSL's Bipartisan Bike Ride in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY. – The most exciting two minutes in sports may take place at Churchill Downs, but lawmakers from across the country will challenge that by saddling up for the sixth annual Bipartisan Bike Ride.

The bike ride through downtown Louisville and along the Ohio River will take place on Wednesday, July 28, as part of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ 36th annual Legislative Summit in Louisville, Ky., July 25 - 28.

About 100 state legislators, legislative staff and family members will participate in the ride, which will start at 7 a.m. at the Belvedere Plaza, overlooking the Ohio River in downtown Louisville. The route will wind through the streets and bikeways of downtown and along the Ohio River Participants young and old, experienced and novice, will enjoy the excitement and community of a large group ride.

Kentucky Senator Dorsey Ridley, co-host of the ride, has taken part in every Bipartisan Bike Ride and is excited to have his home state hosting the event.“The Bipartisan Bike Ride is a great way to escape from the political issues of the day and really soak up the atmosphere of Louisville with your fellow attendees. Wednesday morning will be a wonderful opportunity to breathe in the fresh bluegrass air, ride past some of our world-famous parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and get a first-hand look at one of America’s great rivers, the Ohio! Along the way you’ll also refresh your mind and spirit as well as your body, thanks to friendships forged through sweat and asphalt.”

Cycling novices will rediscover the joy and practicality of the bicycle, while cycling aficionados will enjoy a guided ride with family and friends. Senator Scott Dibble of Minnesota, another ride co-host and chairman of NCSL’s Transportation Committee, notes that bicycling is not just for recreational rides, it’s increasingly being used for commuting.

“In addition to having fun with colleagues from around the country and taking in the sights of our beautiful host city, this is a great opportunity to consider bicycling as a real transportation choice for getting around town on our daily business,” said Senator Dibble.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the event. The bipartisan bike ride will start from Belvedere Plaza and end at the same location.

Bikes, helmets and riding advice are provided by BikeTexas. The ride is co-coordinated by NCSL, BikeTexas and BikeWalk Louisville. The event is made possible by the generous  sponsorship of Wal-Mart, BNSF Railway, and General Mills.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.