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Velo des Artes Public Art Bicycle Ride on tap!

posted Apr 2, 2013, 7:05 AM by Mark Martin

Bike Baton Rouge in partnership with the Greater Baton Rouge Area Arts Council present . . . Velo des Artes 2013 - Now with added art!

Sunday, April 7th
9:30 AM—Noon

We’ll meet at the Louisiana State Museum, 4th Street @ Spanish Town Road, at 9:30 AM. Once we’ve taken care of the housekeeping we’ll wander around the Capitol Complex looking at public art, talking a bit about the Capitol itself, and riding out to see the fence at the Governor’s Mansion. From there we’ll head back toward the Capitol and a few of the state office buildings to see what the “1% For Art” program did. Then it’s off to Town Square to see the newly refurbished Galvez Plaza and its art. From there we head to Old South Baton Rouge via BREC’s Interstate Park and the new Museum of Public Art offerings. We’ll go to City Park for a rest stop then wind our way around the lakes, through Brooks Park, Beauregard Town, and back to Town Square for FestForAll. There will be a bike corral at FestForAll for that free valet bicycle parking we all know and love! The entire riding distance is a tad over 8 miles. Children under 12 MUST wear a helmet—no exceptions.

There is a PDF below for your downloading pleasure and here's the route via MapMyRide:

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2013 Velo Louisiane Bicycle Festival Schedule

posted Mar 28, 2013, 12:29 PM by Mark Martin   [ updated Apr 11, 2013, 4:46 PM ]

Velo Louisiane 2013 - Now at Town Square, North Boulevard @ 3rd Street Downtown!

The 2013 Velo Louisiane schedule is ready for your enjoyment! If you'd like a physical copy of the schedule scroll to the bottom of the page and download the PDF version. See you April 13 - 14! Yeah bikes!

Velo LA 2013 Saturday Schedule

April 13, 2013 All Day




9:00 – 11:30 AM

Mayor’s Bike Ride

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden and his wife Lois will lead the annual Mayor’s Family Bike Ride on Saturday, April 13th starting in the B'nai Israel Parking Lot, 3354 Kleinert Avenue from 9 a.m. 'til 11:30 a.m. The ride is held each year, as part of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative. This year’s ride will connect the Bike Day festivities to Better Block BR, which will be happening on Government Street that same weekend. We will return to B’Nai Israel at the end of the ride Bike Day events and information.

Blessing of the Bikes


Better Block Event


B'nai Israel Parking Lot
3354 Kleinert Avenue

Government Street between

Bedford and Beverly

10:00 AM - Noon

Safe Routes to School Bike Rodeo


Dalrymple @ East Campus Drive, LSU


11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Baton Rouge Blues Festival Bike Corral

The free to the public, family-friendly festival will be held on April 13, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Baton Rouge. An impressive lineup of Blues legends and newcomers alike will be featured, including Bobby Rush, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Henry Gray, Lavelle White, CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis, Bryan Lee, Rudy Richard, Blind Boy Paxton, Baby Bee and Mr. Hinson & the Blisters.

Town Square

North Blvd @ 3rd Street

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Velo Artiste

Art! Bicycles! Bicycle art! Come and mingle with bike friendly folk, buy some art, and help Bike Baton Rouge grow.


Bricks & Bombs

449 Hearthstone


8:00 – Midnight

The Radio Bar - bikes and beer!

Velo Artiste and Velo Louisiane party the night before the big event! Come and enjoy a libation in the company of friends and fellow bicycle riders. A good time will be had by all.


Radio Bar

3079 Government St,



Velo LA 2013 Sunday Festival Schedule

April 14, 2013 Noon – 6:00 PM





Noon – 1:00 PM

Music, Mingle, Arts & Crafts, Information Booths, Bicycle “bean bag toss” type Games, Vintage Bike Displays, Bicycle Silent Films, Raffle Tickets Sold


Bike Corral, Music on Stage, Announcements, Thank Sponsors

1:00 – 2:00  PM

Music, Mingle, Arts & Crafts, Information Booths, Bicycle “bean bag toss” type Games, Vintage Bike Displays, Bicycle Silent Films, Raffle Tickets Sold


Bike Corral, Music on Stage, Announcements, Thank Sponsors

 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Music, Mingle, Arts & Crafts, Information Booths, Bicycle “bean bag toss” type Games, Vintage Bike Displays, Bicycle Silent Films, Raffle Tickets Sold


Bike Corral, Music on Stage, Announcements, Thank Sponsors

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Bunny Hop Contest, Bike Decorating

Arts & Crafts, Information Booths, Vintage Bike Displays, Bicycle Short Films with Sound, Raffle Tickets Sold


May be a lot of foot traffic due to Arts Council event ending

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Kids Car Wash Showcase, Slow Race,

Bike Decorating, Arts & CraftsInformation Booths, Vintage Bike Displays, Bicycle Silent Films, Raffle Tickets Sold

Announcements, Thank Sponsors

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Cruiser Criterium

Bike Decorating

Bike Toss

Obstacle Course

Announcements, Thank Sponsors

4:30 – 5:00 PM

Bicycle Ambassador Recognition





5:00 – 5:30 PM

Kid’s Bike Parade

Short Films with Sound




Mike Bitton, 1st Annual Bicycle Ambassador recipient, will lead the kid’s parade directly after he accepts the award.

5:30 – 6:00 PM

Raffle Ticket Winners Announced





Announcements, Thank Sponsors, Start to Break-down booths & clean up

*Also happening on Sunday is the Hooper Hustle and USA BMX racing.

Bike Baton Rouge meeting dates set for 2013!

posted Jan 21, 2013, 10:46 AM by Mark Martin

In the past, BRASS / Bike Baton Rouge has had monthly meetings at the Carver Branch Library on Terrace Avenue. In 2013, as BRASS completes the transition to Bike Baton Rouge, we've decided to try a new location, day, and time.

Dave Remmetter, owner of Chelsea's, has welcomed Bike Baton Rouge. A long-time bicycling supporter with one of the first bicycle racks at a business in Baton Rouge, Chelsea's will be our new "home" for monthly meetings.
Dave has been gracious enough to let us use the "small bar" on the left (as seen when facing the building).

All meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of the month starting in February.

We will not have a meeting in December in deference to the holidays. If interest warrants, and we hope it does, we may start an annual Bike Baton Rouge members' holiday
party in November or December. More on that as the time approaches.

Here are the dates for 2013 meetings. We will post reminders on the Bike Baton Rouge Facebook page, the Yahoo Group, and other media as the dates approach:

 February 13 March 13 April 10 May 08 June 12
 July 10 August 14 September 11October 09 November 13

Please join us for the monthly meetings, now with Agenda!

If you feel like sticking around to socialize with your fellow bicyclists, please do. We'll move over to the "Big Bar" side and see what happens.

We're looking forward to seeing all y'all on Wednesday, February 13, 6.30 PM!

BRASS to re-brand as Bike Baton Rouge!

posted Dec 14, 2012, 11:03 AM by Mark Martin   [ updated Dec 14, 2012, 11:07 AM ]

Now entering our 7th year, the Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets is on the verge of an exciting new era. After much discussion and introspection we have decided it's time for a change, a change that reflects our growth and recognition that, while our mission remains the same, our name needs to change.

Why change the name?

BRASS is well known in Baton Rouge," said Mark E. Martin, BRASS founder. "We have worked diligently for the past nearly 7 years to build our reputation as knowledgeable advocates for bicycling and, to a lesser extent walking, based on the “5 Es - Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation."

"The good thing is, after nearly 7 years of ongoing work 'BRASS' is a recognized name in Baton Rouge with a good reputation. The bad thing is, after 7 years we still have problems with our name: our full organizational name is hard for people to remember; the name doesn’t say anything about what we do, and; it turns out we’re not the only 'BRASS' in town" said Martin.

To address the issues of name recognition and meaning, widening our reach into the community, and making our logo more current, we propose the following changes:

  1. We will create a new name - Bike Baton Rouge - that will operate under the BRASS umbrella.
  2. We will use a new logo (see above) to distinguish Bike Baton Rouge efforts through a clean, fresh graphic easily produced in a variety of colors.

  3. We will institute a clear, unambiguous program - Easy Trips - to encourage bicycling. This program will emphasize the ease of taking easy trips of 2 miles and less by bicycle.
  4. We will reach out to the business community with a new Bicycle Friendly Business program that will include creation of bicycle friendly business districts starting with those areas that already exhibit some bicycle friendliness. Window cards will identify participating businesses.
BRASS will continue to represent the community by working with the City-Parish, other local organizations, the state, and national groups. "It has become clear that we need to reach out even father into the community," said Martin. "To do so effectively we need a fresh name that says what we do and we need fresh programs that serve to advance our efforts within the community. BRASS isn't going away, we're simply growing up."

To see a more detailed explanation of this re-branding please click on the attached PDF.

BREC Breaks Ground for Wards Creek Path

posted Dec 8, 2012, 8:42 AM by Mark Martin   [ updated Dec 11, 2012, 10:57 AM ]

2012 December 06, The Mall of Louisiana

After five years of continued effort, BREC held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of Phase 1 of its Wards Creek Path. This slightly more than 2 mile path stretching from just below Siegen Lane to just above Bluebonnet Boulevard is part of a nearly 8 mile loop running along Wards Creek north and west to the medical district at Essen Lane. The path will be an ample 12-feet wide surface constructed of concrete . See the attached PDF for a map of the Wards Creek project.

Ted Jack,
BREC Assistant Superintendent, Planning, Operations and Resources, has said "construction will start in January 2013. Contract time is 210 days, so if the weather is good and the contractor does not have problems we could be looking at a ribbon cutting . . . in late summer / early fall."

This loop incorporates part of Dawson Creek starting at Kenilworth Parkway then running back east and north to its confluence with Wards Creek. This part of the loop may well be created by the city-parish as part of its Dawson Creek project, currently in the design stage. As of December 2012, no funding has been identified for the Dawson Creek project. However, the city-parish has received a grant to bring in the National Park Service to assist in the design work and to help identify and acquire funding for the project. More news on this in the new year.

Our congratulations to BREC for starting this important initial component of what promises to be a major addition to Baton Rouge bicycle infrastructure. When completed, the Wards Creek Loop and Dawson Creek greenway will create a network of over 10 miles of bicycle paths completely separated from motor vehicle traffic. This is particularly important as the Dawson Creek Greenway will, if and when completed, allow bicyclists a safe passage bypassing Perkins Road on the way to and from the Mall of Louisiana. The greenway will pass through a number of neighborhoods between Pollard Estates and the Mall allowing residents a safe and pleasant ride for recreation and transportation.

See "Bicycle Dreams" - Award-winning documentary film about the Race Across America

posted Nov 22, 2012, 9:28 AM by Mark Martin   [ updated Jan 28, 2013, 1:00 PM ]

Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), will premiere in Baton Rouge at the Manship Theatre on Tuesday, January 29, 6.30 p.m. The screening is presented as a benefit for the Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets (BRASS).

Race Across America (RAAM) is one the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. In 1982 four individuals raced from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Empire State Building in New York City. Covered by national television, the race captivated the public’s imagination. Teams were added in 1992 and quickly became the most popular and fastest growing segment of the race. Relay team racing made the event accessible to any reasonably fit cyclist.

The 2012 race was the 31st edition of RAAM. Starting in Oceanside, CA, the race ended in Annapolis, MD. The course was some 3,000 miles long with 170,000 feet of climbing before it was over. The results? Men’s under-50 years of age solo rider Reto Schoch, Switzerland, finished in 8 days, 6 hours, and 29 minutes with an average speed of 15.08 mph. Women’s under-50 years of age solo rider Trix Zgraggen, Switzerland, finished in 10 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes with an average speed of 11.79 mph.

There is no other race in the world like RAAM. The race inspires everyone who has been a part of it - racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and fun! There is no race that matches the distance, terrain and weather, no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end.

The film, which has won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world, “is an up-close look at what RAAM riders go through,” says Stephen Auerbach, the director and producer of Bicycle Dreams. “They deal with searing desert heat, agonizing mountain climbs, and endless stretches of open road. And they do it all while battling extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It’s a great subject for a film.”

“Bicycle Dreams is a spectacular and heartfelt film that offers a riveting portrait of extreme courage in the face of inhuman obstacles,” writes “It is an artistic triumph that renewed my belief in the power of desire and the strength of the human will.”

To capture the mammoth scope of the race, Auerbach worked around the clock with a complement of 18 cameras. Embedded camera operators traveled inside the racers’ support crew vehicles, gaining unprecedented access to the cyclists and their teams. Their footage captured emotional and physical breakdowns, late-night strategy sessions, and great moments of personal triumph, all in intimate detail. Auerbach then took on the enormous task of editing hundreds of hours of material and forming it into a powerful and inspiring look inside the most difficult race on the planet.

Bicycle Dreams has won major awards at the Fallbrook and Breckenridge film festivals, as well as the Yosemite, Grand Rapids, Red Rock and All Sports LA film festivals, among many others.

Most recently the film added the Best Foreign Film trophy from the Krasnogorski International Festival of Sports Films in Moscow and was also invited to be included in the 2011 World Cinema Showcase in New Zealand as well as the Mountain Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. And before that it made its Australian debut at the Big Pond Film Festival in Adelaide.

Bicycle Dreams also has been named one of the top 10 adventure films of all time by both The Matador Network and Playground Magazine, calling it the best bicycle film since “Breaking Away.”

Tickets will be $8 in advance and $12 at the door the night of the show. To purchase advance tickets, order online at The Manship Theatre is located in the Shaw Center for the Arts at 100 Lafayette St. in Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets (BRASS) is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting bicycling and walking as transportation options in the Greater Baton Rouge area, making these modes of transportation as safe, convenient and enjoyable as possible, as well as to educate the public on the associated environmental, economic and health-related benefits of biking and walking. For more information, go to

For more information on the film, go to or visit us on Facebook.

To watch the trailer go to

Critical acclaim for the film continues to pour in:

 “An astonishing documentary,” declares Pez Cycling. “This film is a ride of many stark contrasts; when it ended I felt both shattered and triumphant. I realized I was experiencing its genius. A central theme of Bicycle Dreams is the profoundly inspiring strength of the human in facing monumental challenge and tragedy. Bicycle Dreams is a race of truth.”  “This film isn’t for those who want to shy away from the tragic side of the human experience, unwilling to risk the cracking of their shell of denial, not willing to risk their coping mechanism,” writes “Bicycle Dreams captures the human condition like few other films. Bicycle Dreams moves us to break through the barrier of the fear of death. I have seldom found a film that captures this ‘life drama’ as powerfully as does Bicycle Dreams.”  Adds Podium Café, “Bicycle Dreams is the ultimate inner journey. If you thought the life of a cyclist was an internal struggle, wait until you see what Auerbach unearths in this film. Bicycle Dreams is an unprecedented exploration of the subject of the suffering on the bike.” writes, “As we fall deeper and deeper into Bicycle Dreams, what we witness grows more terrifying, yet more compelling. Auerbach’s masterful direction exposes the raw lessons that drive people to push beyond the limits of human endurance. Revealing what lies at the heart of every impossible human endeavor is what Bicycle Dreams is all about.”  Bicycle Touring Pro comments, “If you've ever dreamed of challenging yourself to a place far beyond what you previously thought was possible, Bicycle Dreams is a film you must see. It’s beautiful, thought provoking, exciting, emotional and scary. The experience of watching this film will leave you with a new perspective on life that will remain with you for a very long time to come.”   

BREC's Wards Creek Trail groundbreaking!

posted Nov 22, 2012, 8:19 AM by Mark Martin   [ updated Dec 3, 2012, 12:32 PM ]

Five years in the making, a
fter suffering so many unexpected set-backs and unfortunate surprises, the first BREC multi-use trail is about to have a groundbreaking ceremony!

Attached below is a PDF of the Wards Creek trail and the Medical Mile loop that connects to and extends the Wards Creek trail northwest along Wards Creek then southwest to the BREC Perkins Road Park where it will connect to Dawson's Creek turning southeast back toward the Mall and the confluence with Wards Creek.

BREC invites, and BRASS encourages, you to attend this groundbreaking ceremony. It's always good for public officials to see public support for their efforts and it will warm our hearts to see that shovel go into the soil!


BREC, BREC Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Break Ground on the Capital Area Pathways Project

Thursday, December 6, 2012

10 a.m.

Mall of Louisiana (North end of Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lot near Ward’s Creek)

Phase One of the Capital Area Pathways Project (CAPP) is a 2.2 mile section that will run from the Mall of Louisiana to Picardy Bridge and then to Siegen Lane. When complete, CAPP will become a 7.4 mile loop for walking, running and bicycle riding which will connect to Essen Lane, the Perkins Road Park, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the LSU Rural Life Museum and Perkins Rowe.

In August, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation donated $1-million to the project which is also financed through BREC’s Imagine Your Parks Program passed by East Baton Rouge taxpayers in 2004. In addition to the trails, this project will include a mobile recreation unit for the children of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Velo Louisiane 2013

posted Nov 2, 2012, 2:41 PM by Mark Martin

After some discussion, the Velo Louisiane working group contacted the Downtown Development District (DDD) to explore the possibility of moving Velo Louisiane to Town Square downtown. This is the site of many, if not all, of the spring festivals in Baton Rouge and it presents opportunities to grow the event.


Sunday, 2013 April 14, noon – 6 PM, is now penciled in on the DDD calendar for Velo Louisiane.

Having that date in hand, the working group continued discussions and came up with a very rough outline of events. Saturday will potentially see events taking place around the parish with a MTB event at BREC’s Hooper Road Park and Comite River / Kerry Stamey Mountain Bike Trail, BMX and Velodrome events at Perkins Road Community Park, a Velo ride somewhere in town, and perhaps a Mayor’s Family Fun Ride in the morning (depending on the outcome of the election).

The Sunday events will include most of what we’ve done in the past: cruiser crit, bike toss, and other fun events. We hope to add an art bike parade, children’s events, and a family fun ride through downtown, among other things. Having the event on Town Square will also allow us to use the stages for live music and we will be able to sell beer for the first time.

The working group would also like to move advocacy to the fore of the event and hopes to have a number of agencies with whom we have partnered in the past join us downtown. More on this as it develops.


Crescent and Fox Path proposal

posted Oct 31, 2012, 2:24 PM by Mark Martin   [ updated Oct 31, 2012, 2:32 PM ]

At the September Capitol Region Planning Commission, Bicycle - Pedestrian Advisory Committee (CRPC-BPAC), Larry Reily proposed, and BRASS endorsed. extending the serpentine walk that currently runs in front of part of the Pennington Biomedical Research campus. This proposed extension would be named the Crescent and Fox Path in honor of Nathan Crowson who was killed
2012 January on Perkins Road by a drunk driver.

Currently, the existing walk ends at the driveway opening about half way between Quail Drive and Kenilworth Parkway. That driveway provides access to the Pennington campus from Perkins Road and eventually meets Irene Drive. In turn, Irene Drive provides a connection to Kenilworth Parkway across from the entrance to the Perkins Road Park and its bicycle facilities - the BMX park, the BMX race track, and the Velodrome.

Please see the attached PDF f

New Levee Path Access PLAN

posted Oct 31, 2012, 2:23 PM by Mark Martin   [ updated Oct 31, 2012, 2:24 PM ]

The Downtown Development District also announced receiving an $886,000 federal grant for the first phase of a gateway to the Mississippi River bike trail on River Road at Florida Street. This “gateway” will provide access to the levee path near its current upriver terminus replacing the steps crossing the railroad at that site and creating a "trailhead" similar to but not identical to those at the USS Kidd and the LSU Veterinary Medicine School.

Currently, the levee path downtown has only one authorized access point for bicycles. That access is located at the junction of South Boulevard and River Road just north of the Mississippi River Bridge. Many riders also use the ramp by the fountain between the LASM and the USS Kidd, the steps at Florida Street and River Road, or simply walk up the levee face and across the railroad tracks anywhere along the length of the levee path.

Attached are two PDFs of the plan. Please keep in mind that these are PLANS and not something that is ready to be built. It may take at least 3 or 4 years to see this come to fruition.

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