Bike Baton Rouge rolls out workweek traffic alternative

Bike Baton Rouge rolls out workweek traffic alternative
Source: WAFB staff
Source: WAFB staff
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - No one likes sitting in traffic and it's a problem that seems to be getting worse, not better. One Baton Rouge organization is offering an alternative that could help you feel less road rage and healthier at the same time.

"There's a myth that bicycling in Baton Rouge is hard or dangerous, but it doesn't have to be if you take a few steps to learn the best route – which is usually not the most direct," said Mika Torkkola, President of Bike Baton Rouge. "For someone driving a car, that might sound like a bad thing, but if you're riding a bike, it's just a few more minutes that you get to enjoy the bike ride!"

Monday, May 16 is the beginning of Bike to Work week. Although the weather might not be the best this week, members of Bike Baton Rouge offer assistance to help you find the best way to get to work by putting your feet on a different pedal.

"Bike to Work week will culminate on Friday, May 20 with Bike to Work Day." Torkkola explained. "Bike Baton Rouge will host several 'Bike Trains,' including one leaving from Ingleside United Methodist Church at 7:15 a.m., stopping at City Park at 7:35 a.m. and arriving at LSU at 7:55 a.m.

"Bicyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to join these bike trains, which will have experienced local bike commuters leading the way and available to answer questions and offer advice on commuting by bicycle."

For those who bike, the organization hopes you will share your story on social media with the hashtag #mybikestory.

"Too often, people only hear about bicycling when something bad happens," Torkkola said. "We're encouraging folks to help change that perception by letting the world know how fund, how relating, or even in many cases how mundane your average bike ride in Baton Rouge can be."

The entire month of May is National Bike Month.

For more information, visit Bike Baton Rouge's website.

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