Our community accomplishments
Safety Graphics :
Promotion of bike safety with graphics, guidelines, and statistics.
A week-long social media campaign that encourages people to share their 'regular' bicycling stories to help bust the myth that bicycling is dangerous.
BREC Volunteer Support :
BBR has volunteered to help with BREC projects, including tree planting along the new bike path at Ward's Creek Trail at Perkins Rd Park, and clearing debris out of waterways near multiiuse paths.
LSU Service Learning Partnership :
Participation in an LSU English 2000 class: Biking in Baton Rouge, a Service Learning Course. BBR gave a guest lecture about the bicycling conditions in Baton Rouge, evaluated project proposals, and evaluated final projects. (20 students)
Better Block BR :
BBR helped set up the installation and hosted a bike ride from the event to the Manship Theatre (10-15 riders). The installation tested ideas for multi-modal transportation infrastructure and business access.
Hosts an annual community bicycle scavenger hunt to collect non-parishable food for the Greater Baton Rouge food bank. In 2015, 20 participants donated 125 lbs food. In 2016 400 lbs food were donated.
Velo Louisiane Bicycle Festival :
Organized the festival events including: a bike ride with the mayor, better block event, safe routes to school bike rodeo, bike corral, art and craft exhibits, celebration, competitions, games, raffles, films. We had two successful years. THe third year rained out. There was no fourth year.
Bike to Work Week :
Structured a week of events around National Bike to Work Day that include social rides, advice for commuters, and discounts at local businesses.
International Police Mountain Bike Association Annual Conference :
Worked with --what did BBR do?--the Baton Rouge Police Department - Mountain Bike Division when they hosted the International Police Mountain Bike Association Annual Conference
Promotion of Social Rides :
Coordinates weekly social rides in Mid-City and special event rides. Provides information about other social rides in the city.
Bike Information at Public events :
BBR hosts booths at public events to provide information, resources, and enthusiasm about bicycling in Baton Rouge. Events include the LSU Sustainability Expo (2017).
Annual Mayor's Family Bike Day :
Bike Baton Rouge has worked with the Holden administration to support the Annual Mayor's Family Bike Day--an event initiated as part of the Healthy BR initiative in 2006. BIke Baton Rouge provided route options for the Mayor's office in conjunction with the Baton Rouge Police Department. This ride brings people across the city together on a social ride through Baton Rouge to encourage cycling as a mode of transportation, socializing, and exercise. The Mayor’s Family Bike Ride is held each year, as part of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative, and it is open to bicyclists of all ages free of charge (2014). Event folded into Family Fit Day as of 2013? Family Fun Ride from 2006-2009 as part of Healthy BR .
Monthly Board and Membership Meetings
Dedication of new bicycling and walking facilities :
Participated in the dedication of new bicycling and walking facilities including Phase One and Two of the Mississippi River Levee Multi-use Path, the BREC Wards Creek Path project, Phase Two and Four of the Downtown Greenway Path (phases One and Three have not been constructed as yet), and the Capitol Heights realignment, among others
Memorial Ride for Cyclists :
Organized a memorial ride for cyclists killed on local roads, murdered Alexandra Engler, and ongoing participation in the Ride of Silence. Sponsored the 2nd Annual Colin Goodier Memorial Ride commemorating bicyclists killed by motor vehicles in Baton Rouge and throughout Louisiana
Film Screening :
Screened bicycle themed films including "VEER, the movie," “Bicycle Dreams,” and “Reveal the Path.” to raise awareness of bicycle culture and advocacy
Mike Bitton Awards Ceremony :
Hosts an awards ceremony to honor community members who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make Baton Rouge a better place to bike. The awards are named after Mike Bitton, a former LSU student who became a spokesperson and advocate for bicycle safety and awareness following a hit and run crash that left him with life-threatening injuries.