It feels promising to sit here and post, once again, a cycling related set. Baton Rouge is moving forward is committing to city improvements which promote cycling, and on Wednesday night Bike Baton Rouge (BBR) held their 2nd annual awards event recognizing those making a difference. Their Bike Friendly Awards was held at the Downtown Capitol Welcome Center, which is a great space on River Road. I was invited by my friend and BBR Secretary, Kelli Gilbert, and was more than interested and appreciative to attend.
Familiar faces from the Baton Rouge cycling scene were there, as well as others from Lafayette and New Orleans. Mayor Kip Holden, not in attendance, had been awarded on Sunday for being supportive. Details and updates were shared about the city-wide bike lane installation plans. I was impressed that this is no longer just a vision, but things are really happening. Yes, it was agreed, that there is a lot of more work to be done, but it's reassuring to know that legislation and community action make an impact.
Learn more about what's happening with cycling in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette by visiting these organizations. I've also listed other key players in building a cycling culture.
Bike Baton Rouge
Bike Easy, New Orleans
Center for Planning Excellence