CycLOUvia returns to the Highlands on Sunday

At CycLOUvia, you can walk, jog, bike, dance or just lie down in the street. | Photo by Gabe B.

Don’t put that bike away for the season just yet. There’s one more chance to cruise the open road when CycLOUvia takes over the Highlands again on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2-6 p.m.

Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue will be closed to cars and other gas-powered vehicles from Douglass Boulevard all the way to Broadway, so you’ll be able to bike, walk, skateboard and even unicycle your way up and down the main Highlands thoroughfare.

This one is dedicated to Tom Owen, former councilman and bicycle proponent. And as always, it’s free and open to all.

Mayor Greg Fischer created the event in 2012 as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, and it has been held all over town since, including Frankfort Avenue and Germantown.

According to a previous news release on the event, the concept is to get people reacquainted with neighborhoods.

“Streets account for a massive amount of public land in all cities,” the release stated. “CycLOUvia repurposes these public spaces by temporarily replacing traditional vehicular traffic with pedestrian traffic.”

Usually bars, restaurants and vendors open their patios and shops for the event, and it’s an all around good time for everyone — except those drivers who don’t read Insider and have no idea why the streets are closed. Kids, dogs, grandmas, neighbors and strangers take to the street almost as if it was a parade. It’s a good excuse to cruise the neighborhood and check out new and familiar spots.

We know a handful of them offer mimosa specials all day (Big Bar, NoWhere, Chill, Mellow Mushroom, etc.) and, of course, you can find football on as well (Wick’s, O’Shea’s, Flanagan’s, BW3’s, etc.).

Happy cycling or walking or skateboarding or … laying down?