About

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About Bike BR

Bike Baton Rouge is a grassroots, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to:

  • Promoting bicycling and walking as transportation options in the greater Baton Rouge area
  • Making these modes of transportation as safe, convenient, and enjoyable as possible
  • Educating the public on the associated environmental, economic, and health-related benefits of biking and walking

Bike Baton Rouge works to make bicycling and walking in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas safer, easier, and more enjoyable through advocacy, education, and action.

 

History

Mark Martin, founder of Bike Baton Rouge

Mark Martin, founder of Bike Baton Rouge

Bike Baton Rouge was originally founded in 2006 under the name Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets (B.R.A.S.S.) by resident Mark E. Martin. Since its founding, we have led the effort to defend and promote pedestrian and bicycle access throughout the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and we have been at the forefront of nearly every infrastructure development in Baton Rouge.

 

Accomplishments

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Bike Baton Rouge’s recent accomplishments for bike advocacy include participation on the Mayor’s transition team as an advisor for multimodal transportation in the city of Baton Rouge, successful advocacy for a Complete Streets Policy to be adopted by the Baton Rouge Metro Council, and successful petitioning of the director of the Department of Public Works to include bicycle and pedestrian facilities on a road that was slated to be resurfaced.

Additionally, Bike Baton Rouge has improved rider safety with bicycle maintenance classes, bicycle safety workshops certified by the League of American Bicyclists, and a grant-funded program to supply police officers with bike lights to distribute to bicyclists riding without lights at night (800 sets purchased and distributed).

Furthermore, Bike Baton Rouge supports the broader community with food drives, service learning partnerships, participation in Better Block demonstrations, and social rides.  In 2016, Bike Baton Rouge’s Cranksgiving event collected over 400 pounds of non-perishable food for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

To learn more about our past and present projects and accomplishments, please click here.

 

Purpose

The purpose of Bike Baton Rouge is to serve as the voice of past, present, and future pedestrians and bicyclists in Baton Rouge, and to act on the behalf of those people to secure a future where walking and bicycling are safer, easier, and more enjoyable.

In this future, walking and bicycling are seen as legitimate and reasonable transportation and recreation choices for everyone regardless of age, ability, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or economic means.

Bike Baton Rouge recognizes the numerous environmental, health (mental, physical and social) and financial benefits of regular walking and bicycling and believes that increasing numbers of citizens taking part in these activities will result in a better Baton Rouge for everyone.