A New Tweed Ride Louisville Tradition for 2016
Update: The Tweed Louisville ride was held Saturday, October 15, 2016. You can find the group photo taken at the Falls of the Ohio on the Tweed Louisville Facebook Page.
Louisville Tartan & Tweed Ride History
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
The first tweed ride in Louisville was a stylish, social, & short bicycle tour that traveled past some favorite landmarks. Fashionably dressed cyclists began in Old Louisville, crossed the river, and end up in the St. Patrick's Parade in The Highlands.
Ride start was at the Pergola in Central Park at 11 am EDT and began when everyone was ready
FREE - but donations were taken for Fall City Community BikeWorks
14 mile route on flat city streets, and the Big Four Bridge
The ride concluded by riding in the annual St. Patrick's Parade in The Highlands.
The event's Facebook Event page is here.
The 2015 Tartan & Tweed Ride photos are here.
Leisurely Bicycle Tour
We stopped at Rodin's The Thinker at U of L for a group photo before heading uptown, with stops at the Free Public Library, Historic West Main's Museum Row, and the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. A Jeffersonville riverfront gathering celebrated the first year of the new Ohio River bike crossing with a stop for drinks & food at Flat 12 Bierwerks. Cool damp weather prevented us from having the planned picnic on the river bank.
It's Was a Parade!!!
Back across the bridge, willing participants met on Broadway to wait for the start of the St. Patrick's Parade, where the Tweed Ride was an official entry, 'bicycling' before thousands of spectators for the first time in the parade's history. Afterward, the cycling celebration rolled over to the Barret Bar for an after party.
Our Dress Code
Everyone was invited. The dress code was Sunday best, smart everyday, vintage, or funky art influenced. No Lycra or Spandex, ...please. Knickers, caps, & argyle would be nice. Any bike would do, including high-wheelers, unicycles, tandems, or beaters. Helmets were not required. There was a liability waiver to sign before participating, which granted permission for any photographs and videos made to be used for any future promotion of the event.
We had some really great bike stuff from our very generous sponsors tawarded for Most Dapper Chap, Most Dashing Dame, Best Vintage Bicycle, and many more.
Pass The Hat, Please
Donations were accepted for Falls City Community Bike Works, a community-based volunteer bike shop. We raised well over $100 for them in just a few minutes.
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The Tartan & Tweed Ride Louisville was produced by Louisville Cycle Chic, and was presented by