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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
It's no secret; getting around Baton Rouge can be a challenge, especially if you're traveling on two wheels.
Rouge structurally has some issues with bike-ability. You've got a
major interstate highway running through going down to one lane. There's
always a lot of traffic. There are some high traffic, high speed
roads, said Beaux Jones of Bike Baton Rouge.
However, there are a
few places in town where biking is made easy, like on the levee path
and the under construction Wards Creek Path that will connect several
major surface roads. It's those short easy bike trips, of two miles or
less, that Bike Baton Rouge is hoping more people will take advantage
"Hopefully with more people on the road and with more people
in the bike saddle that down the road we can have some big
infrastructure changes to where the city can be friendlier to bikers and
cars alike," said Jones.
The key to making Baton Rouge more
bike-able, according to Jones, is to get people to use the available
paths more. As more people bike, the more there will be a need for
additional paths and infrastructure.
Bike Baton Rouge is also
known as Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets. For 2013, the group is
announcing a revamped image and a new goal of getting more people to
bike the easy trips. They also hope to get more businesses to embrace
"To say we support bikers, we're going to put bike
racks, we're going to put showers for our employees, we're going to put
pumps and tool stations and benefits for people who come by bike to our
stores," said Jones.
Many business are already joining the
movement. The Buzz Café in downtown Baton Rouge, for example, added a
bike rack about six months ago.
"I think it's a wonderful idea.
As a matter of fact, we have a couple of staff members here that
actually ride their bikes to work," said the Buzz Café assistant manager
If you're interested in getting your business involved in Bike Baton Rouge, or in the Easy Trip Initiative, click here.