We at Bike Baton Rouge are proud of the advocacy, social, and community work we do to promote safe and fun biking and walking in the Baton Rouge area, but lucky for us, we are not alone in this venture! We live in a city with multiple groups that share similar goals as us. Learn about these groups below.
Advocacy, Social Rides
BRBC promotes cycling, safety, education, and fitness for recreational and touring cyclists. They encourage and promote bicycling as a way of life and as a safe and enjoyable recreation and transportation option by leading touring rides in and out of town for all skill levels. Every Saturday they have a “Tour de Café” ride around the lakes, levee, and Capitol with refreshment stops at cafes. BRBC also advocates for the inclusion of bicycle safety in infrastructure projects in the Baton Rouge area.
Advocacy, Social Rides
FYB is a community bike shop that focuses on teaching participants of all ages how to fix and maintain bikes. This bike shop doubles as an after-school program for kids in the area. Every Friday they have social rides to local parks, libraries, museums, monuments, and more. They also have a retail shop for sales and repairs at the corner of Lavinia St. and Government St.
Advocacy, Social Rides
BRAMBA organizes mountain bike trail building efforts and supports mountain biking in the Baton Rouge area. They operate as advocates of the Kerry Stamey Trail System, organize trail maintenance days, and host an online forum for sharing information.
Social Rides, Infrastructure
BREC manages the Baton Rouge area’s park system and fosters outdoor recreation. One of the ways they promote outdoor activity is through their Outdoor Adventure initiative, which includes programs like Silver Spokes—social rides for seniors with specially-designed bikes for riders interested in more stability or comfort than the average bicycle.
Walking and Running Clubs
Social Walks, Runs
There are several walking and running clubs in Baton Rouge. Their primary focus is on fitness and community-building, but participants are also advocates for safe streets since they are navigating the roads on sidewalks as vulnerable users. The East Baton Rouge Public Library hosts Your Pace or Mine Walking Club several days a week, and running clubs like Happy’s Running Club, Varsity Sports Running Club, Black Girls RUN!, and Club South Runners have regular runs and races.
CPEX is a non-profit organization that coordinates urban, rural and regional planning efforts in Louisiana. They have a particular focus on transportation and infrastructure, environmental issues, and quality design for the built environment. In Baton Rouge, they have implemented several short-term projects that demonstrated strategies for improving walkability and bikeabilty. Examples include:
Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Action Committee (STAC): Pilot project using data to identify where key infrastructure updates would have the greatest positive impact for reducing pedestrian, cyclist, and car crashes.
Better Block Baton Rouge: Temporary installations showcasing how street improvements, public spaces, and street life can improve community connection and local commerce.
These and several other community-based demonstration projects have helped residents see alternatives to our current state of car-dominated street life in Baton Rouge.
Advocacy, Legal Support
Bike Law is a network of independent lawyers and law firms that advocate for cyclists. They are social as well as legal advocates, and provide pro bono legal advice to cycling clubs and teams.
AARP advocates for complete streets, livable communities, and streetscape design that allows pedestrians with a range of abilities and those with mobility devices to move freely through their communities and around town. The Baton Rouge branch has been active in the local complete streets conversation.
BRAF is a non-profit organization connecting philanthropic sources with civic projects in South Louisiana. They have a Mobility Initiative which advocates for transportation choices for bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transportation users. They have helped fund the soon-to-be-implemented bike share program.
While change at the city level never happens as quickly as we would like, the City of Baton Rouge does share our goals of more walkable and bikeable streets. Did you know that the city has been recognized for being a Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists? (We've got Bronze Status!) Two groups below show some of the collaborations that our public agencies are a part of.
Council members, representing governmental organizations and a variety of advocacy groups, work with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to make sure that the State’s Complete Streets policy is being implemented and to develop methods for measuring if the goals are being met. Complete Streets is a policy that supports multimodal transportation options, creating more options for how people move through the region, and improving safety for everyone.
The CRPC is a Council of Governments serving eleven parishes that addresses regional issues related to transportation, land use, economic development and the environment. It focuses much of its resources on transportation planning issues and activities, which includes highway and transit planning, the regional ridesharing program, transportation safety, and air quality issues.