Fit Louisville

2016

Greater Louisville Health Guide is a directory and resource guide to health providers and services in Louisville, Kentucky. Includes listings of area doctors and dentists, hospitals, nursing homes and emergency care.

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6 F I T 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7 FIT Mog is assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives at the University of Louisville and coordinates the school's Earn- a-Bike program, which encourages faculty and students to commit to not driving to campus for at least two years in exchange for a $400 voucher to area bike shops. "We're working with the city on a citywide bike share system as well," the 42-year-old says. "You'd pay an annual membership or even a daily membership and then you'd get access to the bikes that are at kiosks throughout town like other cities have." How long have you been a cyclist? "I've been a bike commuter since kindergarten when I started biking to school. I've never had a driver's license. When I was 15, my dad took me and my brother on a summer cross-country bike trip. That was around the time when all my friends were getting drivers' licenses. I was like, 'I can bike across the country; I think I can get to school.' I love it because it's my ftness program. I don't have to worry about anything else. Now that I'm older, it's something I do every day that's fun. I feel like a kid again. I don't know why you wouldn't do it. Yeah, some days it's raining or cold, but if you just get in a habit of it, it doesn't feel like a burden on those days." What should cyclists keep in mind when they commute on the streets? "In Louisville, assume nobody can see you, which means you have to bike defensively." Do you have any tips for new cyclists or people who want to start commuting on a bike? "You can start with very little money. You can commute with a backpack or a milk crate. And route planning is really important. Not going the same way you would go in a car is probably the best thing to do. It makes such a difference when you're on a nice neighborhood road versus Shelbyville Road or something like that. Sometimes that means winding a little, or taking a slightly longer route. You should practice your commute on an off day, like a nice calm Sunday. The traffc's going to be different, but at least you'll fgure out your route, and how long it takes you, and all that stuff. And then you'll be ready for the frst time when you actually need to get there at a particular time." Justin Mog

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