9/8/16, Baton Rouge, LA
Local non-profit organization Bike Baton Rouge published its first Official Baton Rouge Bike Map, which hopes to make it easier for residents to get around the city by bicycle.
“We’re well aware that biking in Baton Rouge can be a little challenging, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re familiar with the right streets to ride on,” said Bike Baton Rouge President Mika Torkkola. “With the Official Baton Rouge Bike Map, the right streets are at your fingertips wherever you have an connection to the internet.”
Torkkola says the map is a labor of love from scores of Bike Baton Rouge members and volunteers, many of whom ride the routes on the map daily. The routes were selected primarily to be low traffic and low stress while connecting neighborhoods and other destinations to each other with a minimal distance.
According to Bike Baton Rouge, the online map will allow the group to swiftly respond to changing road and trail conditions, to suggest alternatives to blocked routes, and to add new routes as they appear. To stay on top of these changes, Bike Baton Rouge is encouraging members and non-members alike to submit any comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike Baton Rouge will have a table at BREC’s Extreme Green 5K and Sustainability Event on Saturday, Sept. 10, at which families and individuals can learn why bicycling is a more environmentally transportation option than any other. Contributors to the bike map will also be available to talk about the routes as well as answer any other bike-related questions for anyone who’s interested in making greener transportation choices.
“Every time somebody chooses to ride a bike instead of driving, everyone wins,” said Torkkola. “The person riding gets some exercise, gets to have a good time, and gets to be out interacting with their neighbors rather than staring at a dashboard - and everyone else gets to have one less car on the road, meaning less traffic, less pollution, and a better future for our city and our planet.”
The Official Bike Baton Rouge Bike Map is available online at Bike Baton Rouge’s website (bikebr.org/map).
Bike Baton Rouge is a local non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization and has been dedicated to making bicycling trips in Baton Rouge safer and more enjoyable since 2006.