A list of resources we've found useful in promoting bicycling in Baton Rouge. Recommend your own by emailing us at bikebatonrouge@gmail.com

On obesity in Baton Rouge :

MAY 2015 : Baton Rouge is the most obese city in America (Gallup)
SEP 2016 : Louisiana is the most obese state in America (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CDC)

On the health effects of bicycling :

OCT 2016 : Communities Built for Active Living Have Healthier Residents (Gallup)
SEP 2016 : Every $1,300 New York City invested in building bike lanes in 2015 provided benefits equivalent to one additional year of life at full health over the lifetime of all city residents. That's FIFTY times the ROI on Medicaid investment. (Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York)
AUG 2014 : Bicyclists enjoy their commutes more than drivers (McGill University Montreal)

PEOPLEFORBIKES.ORG health stats

On bicycling being desirable :

2016: 39% of BR Residents would consider riding to work if BR had dedicated bike infrastructure (BRAF)
NOV 2016 : “Cities such as Pittsburgh and Kansas City are using systems that give users a menu of transportation options—including carpooling, autonomous vehicles and ride sharing, as well bike sharing and car sharing—to woo millennials and make it easier for people to get around without owning vehicles.” (Smart Growth Summit)
NOV 2016 : “With every inch of redevelopment in Baton Rouge in the past five years, the same questions have come up: Can you walk it? Can you bike it?” (225 Magazine)

PEOPLEFORBIKES.ORG participation stats

On bicycling safety :

AUG 2015 : La. ranks 3rd in nation for bicyclist fatalities (CDC)
NOV 2016 : Comparisons to similar countries and USA’s larger death toll (Various sources)

PEOPLEFORBIKES.ORG safety stats

On nationwide progress towards better bicycling  :

JAN 2017 : State Transportation Agencies Will Measure the Movement of People, Not Just Cars (US DOT)

On THE business benefitS from bicycling :

NOV 2012 : Bicyclist and Pedestrians spend less per trip but more per month (Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium)
NOV 2016 : Sales income at locally-based businesses along 9th Avenue NYC, where a protected bike lane was installed, increased as much as 49% between 2006 and 2010 (NYC DOT)
MAY 2015 : An annotated, chart-filled review of 12 studies from around the world. Bicyclists spend less per trip but make so many more trips that they end up spending more. (Various sources)

PEOPLEFORBIKES.ORG economic stats

On the benefits of bicycle Infrastructure :

SEP 2016 : Every $1,300 New York City invested in building bike lanes in 2015 provided benefits equivalent to one additional year of life at full health over the lifetime of all city residents. That's FIFTY times the ROI on Medicaid investment. (Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York)
AUG 2016 : Bay area - More than 80% of respondents in every user group (car, bike, etc)  agreed that separated lanes make cyclists more predictable on the road (Rebecca Sanders of Toole Design Group)
JUL 2016 : The more people bike on the streets, the safer the streets are for everyone who bikes. In all seven cities, cycling has grown along with the bike network, while the risk of severe injury or death while cycling has declined. (National Association of City Transportation Officials)

PEOPLEFORBIKES.ORG facilities stats

On the EnVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF BICYCLING :

PEOPLEFORBIKES.ORG environmental stats

Other Articles :

WHY DO BIKES TAKE THE LANE?
CRANKSGIVING BR (WBRZ)
CRANKSGIVING BR (WAFB)
BR MAYORAL RESPONSES TO BIKE SURVEY
WHAT IS A CICLOVIA
HOW A BIKE WILL SAVE YOU MONEY
WHAT IS A VULNERABLE ROAD USER LAW?
WHAT IS OUR LIGHT THE NIGHT PROGRAM?

http://www.pedbikesafe.org/bikesafe/references.cfm