The Baton Rouge Bicycle Club promotes cycling, safety, education, and fitness for recreational and touring cyclists. The club organizes weekly rides both in town and out of town, for beginning and experienced riders. The club also participates in local cycling advocacy for the benefit of members and public alike. The club sponsors two annual events, the Baton Rouge Bike Club Spring Century, held in May, and the Baton Rouge Bike Club Fall Century, held in October.
BRBC Christmas Party
December 8, 2013
|It’s time for the annual BRBC Christmas Party, and with the party comes our annual elections for our 2014 Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted from the floor, and you can even nominate yourself. Only members of the BRBC can participate in the electoral process. A link to join the club, or renew your membership can be found on this website, or you can register on-site Sunday evening.
Please feel free to bring an hors d’oeuvre, or desert item. The club will be providing both adult, and regular beverages, along with additional food items.
Enjoy the scenic beauty offered by the BRBC Fall in the Felicianas Bike Ride & Century on Saturday, October 26! For more information and registration, go to http://brbcfallride.eventbrite.com
Calling all BRBC current and prospective members and anyone interested in riding around Baton Rouge…
What?: Club mixer/general membership meeting
When?: 6pm, Tuesday, Sept 3
Where?: The Bicycle Shop South (the new one in Industriplex area)
11060 Cloverland Ave, Baton Rouge, LA
And?: We’ll cover general club and regular ride info for new and veteran members. The Bicycle Shop team will perform an exciting, educational and informational demonstration! We’ll discuss upcoming event rides for the club (Fall Century event) and have representatives there to give info on the upcoming MS 150 and the Cystic Fibrosis rides. We will also discuss transitions that the club will be making with communications and membership. So we’ll have a fun time with all of this, but that’s not all! Following the power-packed informational portion, we will have some snacks and refreshments and a social mixer for you to catch up with your riding friends or meet some new ones.
Special note: B.Y.O.Ch. meaning Bring your own chair! Yes, that’s correct. Bring your favorite, comfy portable tailgating chair for your seating enjoyment!
We know some of you ride at this time; however, you could put in some extra miles leading up to it, and make it a rest day. We look forward to seeing some smiling faces and hearing of your adventures!
Questions: email membership@batonrougebikeclub.
Louisiana Secretary of Transportation Sherri LeBas spoke Tuesday about the need for designing and building roads that are safe for all users.
Secretary LeBas was the keynote speaker at a workshop for local transportation leaders hosted at the Louisiana State Museum. Presented by the Center for Planning Excellence, the Capital Region Planning Commission, and Bike Baton Rouge, the day included trainings from national experts on how to fund local biking and walking projects.
With baby boomers aging in place and young people driving less, demand for infrastructure that supports biking and walking is on the rise according to Peter Lagerwey of Toole Design group. Louisiana communities are welcoming more sidewalks, bike facilities, and connectivity – hallmarks of Complete Streets.
In 2010 the State Department of Transportation and Development developed and adopted a Complete Streets policy. This policy makes sure that all state transportation projects will consider biking and walking.
Early efforts included accommodating bikes on the Audubon Bridge linking St. Francisville and New Roads. Secretary LeBas described how the department ensured reflective road buttons on the bridge’s shoulders were installed in a way to provide a path for bicycles.
LeBas also described how the widening of Highway 42 in Ascension is the first major project to include both biking and walking amenities making it a Complete Street. Sidewalks, a shared path, and a raised median will provide safe facilities for walking and biking. The design will also increase safety for motorists.
According to the DOTD’s Destination Zero Deaths program, Louisiana has one of the highest fatality rates in the country. The program aims to reduce fatalities on Louisiana roads at least 50 percent by 2030. LeBas said so far deaths are down 32 percent since the program was introduced.
While car fatalities are declining nationwide bicycle, pedestrian, and motorcycle fatalities are up. Darren Flusche, Policy Director for the League of American Bicyclists cautions that these numbers may be increasing as the numbers of bikers and walkers increase, but that roads designed with bike riders and pedestrians in mind will help these numbers.
Secretary LeBas said she is aware of the need to improve Louisiana’s transportation infrastructure for biking and walking to make roads safer for all users adding, “One death on our roads is too many.”