BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Hope McCorkle rides her bicycle from Broadmoor to downtown every day to get to and from work. She’s one of Baton Rouge’s biggest cheerleaders for safe biking in the city.
Hope McCorkle shared bike safety tips with WAFB’s Get Fit Red Stick Facebook group. Watch live interviews weekly at 4 p.m. to hear from fitness experts and influencers in the Baton Rouge area.
SAFE BIKING CHECKLIST
- Wear a helmet
- Check the air in your bike tires
- Check oil on the bike chain if you have an older bike
- Make sure you have bike lights
McCorkle recently stopped by One Stop Homeless Services Center to install lights on bikes for the homeless as part of Bike Baton Rouge’s safe biking initiative for the homeless.
“I explained that it is important for bikes to be seen and that the law says that bikes need lights,” she said.
McCorkle is an active member of Bike Baton Rouge and a participant of the Capital Heights Social ride that meets every Wednesday evening. The group ride is open to the public and is described as a safe and slow ride, adaptable for riders of all levels.
CAPITAL HEIGHTS SOCIAL RIDE
- Wednesdays at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Ingleside United Methodist Church
- 4264 Capital Heights Ave.
Participating riders use beach cruisers, BMX bikes, hybrids. mountain bikes, road bike, tandems, folding bikes, recumbents, trikes and everything in between.
Not only does McCorkle participate in a number of local rides, she’s also organized two high profile community rides, including CycloFemme, a Mother’s Day ride that’s part of a nationwide initiative, and the Great Cycling Challenge.
CLICK HERE for a current calendar to find an upcoming social ride that you can join.
You can also check for cycling groups in your area at Let’s Ride Baton Rouge.