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Press release : Bike Baton Rouge Parks over 400 bikes at April Festivals

4/18/16
Baton Rouge, LA

By the end of the Louisiana Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 17, Bike Baton Rouge volunteers parked a total of 409 bikes through FestForAll, Blues Fest and Earth Day.

Bike Baton Rouge provides free Valet Bike Parking at these and other events. The 409 bikes parked through April broke Bike Baton Rouge’s previous bike parking record for the three festivals combined.

Bike Baton Rouge Parking Coordinator Doug Moore said, “By providing free, conveniently-located bike parking, we hope to encourage people to bike to the festivals downtown instead of driving. It is our hope that after biking to a festival, people might choose to bike to school, work, or other places as well.”

The 409 bikes parked represents over two-thousand car miles saved (assuming a five mile round trip) and immeasurable social, environmental and health benefits. The Bike Baton Rouge Bike Corrals were visited by several local dignitaries including Baton Rouge mayor Kip Holden who quipped, “When people tell me to take a hike, I tell them I’d rather bike!”

Bike Baton Rouge’s attention now turns to their annual Mike Bitton Awards ceremony, to be held at the Firehouse Gallery at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge (427 Laurel Street) on Wednesday April 27, Bike to School Day (May 4) and Bike to Work Week (May 16 through 20)

For more information, visit bikebr.org, look up Bike Baton Rouge on facebook, or email Bike Baton Rouge at bikebatonrouge@gmail.com

Mika Torkkola
225 571 2906
bikebatonrouge@gmail.com

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.
 

Press release - Bike Baton Rouge to provide free bike parking at April festivals

3/23/16
Baton Rouge, LA

Bike Baton Rouge will provide free valet bicycle parking services in downtown Baton Rouge throughout April at Fest for All, the Baton Rouge Blues Fest and the Earth Day Festival. Bike Baton Rouge volunteers will park and monitor the bicycles in a secured area that is provided by festival organizers.
 
“When it comes to getting to a festival in downtown Baton Rouge, there’s no better way than by bicycle,” said Mika Torkkola of Bike Baton Rouge. “You don’t have to deal with traffic, you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to park your car, and best of all, you just hop off your bike and you’re already at your destination.”
 
Each festival will take place at or near North Boulevard in the Town Square area of downtown Baton Rouge. Biking to a festival on a weekend is a simple first step for anyone interested in riding a bike around Baton Rouge.
 
“We recognize that not everyone is going to be comfortable with riding a bike to work or to school,” said Torkkola, “but there are times, like at these festivals, when getting around on bike might make more sense than driving, even for folks who don’t consider themselves to be bicyclists.”
 
Bike Baton Rouge has provided free bike parking services in downtown Baton Rouge since 2006. Bike valet services will be available at each festival from opening time to half an hour after closing. Earth Day will also feature a children’s bicycle safety course, with bicycles and helmets provided.

For more information, visit bikebr.org, look up Bike Baton Rouge on facebook, or email Bike Baton Rouge at bikebatonrouge@gmail.com

Mika Torkkola
225 571 2906
bikebatonrouge@gmail.com

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.

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