Fall Newsletter: It's a long one....but please read

Hey bike folks!  It's been a busy summer with a lot going on!  Since we don't do email blasts often, the ones we do are full of info!  So please...read til the end.  

Bike the US for MS is a non-profit raising money and awareness  for Multiple Sclerosis.  A group of them will be biking from California to Florida and are stopping through BR Oct 14 - 16.  They need places to stay.  If you can host some riders on 10/14 and 10/15, please contact them.   Also, there will be fundraiser for their sister organization at Radio Bar on Sept 15 from when doors open til 9 pm. Facebook event for that is here

Halloween is a comin'!  If you'd like to volunteer to help lead the Pumpkin Pi Race - Oct 27, 7:30 AM, please sign up here (4 people needed).  If you'd like to ride in the Halloween Parade downtown on Oct 27 - 4:00 PM, please sign up here.  We'll coordinate a costume theme prior to the event.  We try to get between 10 - 20 people.

Cemetery Ride - Velo de los Muertos! is a really fun ride where we see many of the historic cemeteries around town.  It's a slow, easy-paced ride.  Bring your cameras, water and snacks!  

Front Yard Bikes - FYB just finished its awesome bike rim igloo sculpture by the Knock Knock Children's Museum.  The Capital Heights Social Ride will be swing by there this Wednesday to check it out.  Also FYB at Mid City will now be open on Mondays from 12 - 6 to accommodate increased demand. 

Capital Cyclery - Capital Cyclery is now in Gonzales too!  Very awesome to see Cap Cyc generating enthusiasm for biking to our neighbors to the southeast!    

Infrastructure update:

  • the path alongside River Road, from the Florida Blvd trailhead at the levee going north to the Hollywood Casino has reached substantial completion! 
  • Construction on the missing section of the Levee path from Farr Park to Ben Hur was scheduled to begin last week.  It did not.  We're trying to get more information on a new projected start date.  Project is slated to take one year once started.  Once finished, there will be 13 miles of car free continuous path alongside the Mighty Mississip!  Pretty cool stuff.
  • The Gardere Lane project is seeking its last bit of matching funding from the Metro Council, which is meeting 9/26 to discuss.  Please take time to contact your Council Member and voice support and if you are able, to attend the public meeting on 9/26.  
  • The streets connecting Southdowns and Woodgate/Pollard neighborhoods are just about complete!  There is one small section (a design element, perhaps) that is missing by N. Pointer Ct. but other than that, it is now possible to ride (on asphalt) from Southdowns to Kenilworth without ever having to use Perkins or Highland.  Very exciting.

Interstate 10 widening project - as many of you have heard, DOTD is planning to widen the interstate from the "new" bridge to the 10/12 split.  They've already had their round of public meetings, but they've extended public comment period until 9/12.  PLEASE write in, asking them to keep the bike/pedestrian design elements they have included thus far and add bike/pedestrian elements they've so far omitted, such as sidewalk along the east side of S. Acadian and along College Dr.  DOTD has a habit of including nice design elements to garner public support for projects only for those elements to be eliminated later in the project due to faulty cost projections.

MOVEBR - the Mayor's office and DTD is pushing a new sales tax that will fund road projects for the next 30 years.  The public will vote on it in December.  Details of the plan can be found here.  The list of projects included in the document will NOT change.  As a 501c3, we won't say whether or not you should support it, but please do familiarize yourself with the details of the plan so you can make an informed choice in December.

Cranksgiving!  November 17, City Park - We'll send out another email closer to the event, but please save the date!

Light the Night - Thanks to all of you, we raised enough $  to buy 1000 light sets!  So far we've given out a little over half to the following organizations:  Front Yard Bikes, Open Air Bike Repair, Capital Area Alliance for Homeless, St. Vincent de Paul, It Takes a Village, BRPD, LSUPD... plus, some regular folks have volunteered to be Bike Light Ambassadors and are giving out lights to people they see riding at night.  If you'd like to be an Ambassador, please contact us - info@bikebr.org.  

Yeah Bike! t-shirts - we still have a few of the Yeah Bike! limited edition t-shirts left, awesomely designed by a grant from Giraphic Prints.  If you haven't gotten yours yet, there's still time!  

 LCI Certification - Would you like to be a League Certified Bicycle Instructor?!  There are dreadful few of them in this area.  Go here to register for Traffic Safety 101, which is a prerequisite.  Click here to register for LCI training.  There are even scholarships available to the first few who sign up!  Registration closes 9/14.

Critical Mass is Back!  Though not an official Bike Baton Rouge event, Critical Mass meets the last Friday of every month at 5:45 at the LSU Clock Tower.  It's a really fun way to start the weekend and a great way for bike riders to make ourselves "big" enough that we can ride anywhere in the city safely.  

 Next meeting - Our next All-members, open meeting will be Thursday 9/20 at 6:30 PM, location TBD.  If you've got a good space for about 25 people to meet in relative quiet and perhaps enjoy an adult beverage, or if you have agenda items, please let us know- info@bikebr.org.

Phew!! You made it.  Thanks to everyone for wanting to be involved and for being awesome in general!  Yeah Bike!!