Go by bike whenever you can

Part of our mission is to make trips by bicycling or walking so safe and enjoyable that people will choose to leave the car at home. Part of that is providing a way for people to learn the "how-to" of leaving the car at home whenever possible. Whether that's a full-on 10 mile commute to work or a short 1 - 2 mile trip to the grocery store, the coffee shop, or a local restaurant, it is possible to leave the car at home.

We know that the personal car is a benefit to many and a necessity to some. We're not suggesting that everyone can or will sell their automobiles and go by bike all the time. We are suggesting that many people can take 2 mile and under trips by bike, do it safely, and even enjoy it!

Riding a bicycle is different from driving a car, sure, but how is it different? If you don't already ride a bicycle it may not be all that easy to see how things are different. That's what this page is about - pointing to some of the the big differences and providing answers.

We'll be adding things to this page over time so come back on occasion to see what's new!

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CLIF Bar "2 Mile Challenge"

TREK bicycle manufacturers started the "1 World 2 Wheels" effort some years ago. CLIF Bar took up the effort recently with their "2 Mile Challenge"
based on the idea that "40% of urban travel is 2 miles or less. 90% of those trips are by car." Not only are CLIF Bars encouraging everyone to use their bicycles for trips 2 miles and under, they also are dedicating funds to support local advocacy efforts. From their press release:

EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 6, 2012 – CLIF® Bar kicks off the sixth annual 2 Mile Challenge™, partnering with cyclists to donate $100,000 to bike advocacy nonprofits when riders choose to pedal their bikes instead of drive cars for trips two miles or less. To help fight climate change, CLIF Bar is urging people to rethink their daily transportation and discover the fun and freedom of the bike.

The 2 Mile Challenge™ ended in December 2012. We, however, continue to support the effort!

Rethink your drive and take the 2 Mile Challenge.
  1. Ride your bike, especially for trips under two miles. Why? The emission controls on your car are not operating effectively in the first few minutes thus short trips create more pollution.
  2. Get your kids to ride. In 1964 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12%…in 2004, 3% rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%. To learn more, check out www.saferoutestoschools.org.
  3. Get your friends to ride their bikes. Challenge them to find out where they can pedal within two miles of their house, then encourage them to take a bike for short trips.
  4. Contact your local bicycle advocacy group and support their efforts.
  5. Like to ride mountain bikes? Join the Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association (BRAMBA) and support their efforts to open new trails and maintain existing trails.
  6. Keep updated on important issues and events. Become a member of Bike Baton Rouge and receive our monthly newsletter to stay current.

The Information

How to Bike Commute with a Suit is an short Instructable describing how to do exactly that. Created by Beaux Jones, Baton Rouge.

Looking for routes but don't know where to look or who to ask? It can be daunting to start riding your bicycle around town, even for short trips. It helps to have a little experience with way-finding but how to get it?

One way is to ask another bicyclist. Don't know a rider to ask? Post your route need(s) on our Facebook page or the Yahoo list and see how many choices you have!

Another way is to find routes others have mapped out. One such online utility is MapMyRide
. Though it does require at least a free membership, you may through that gain access to all the routes on the site.

Below is an example of one such route. In this particular case, the route connects the LSU campus and the Mall of Louisiana using two different routes, one outbound, the other inbound. Either route could have been used for an "out and back" ride independently of the other.

Create Maps or search from 80 million at MapMyRide


Baton Rouge bicycle route atlas! We're putting together an atlas of bicycle routes created by those who ride the roads regularly. These routes are well traveled, reviewed, and recommended - but we can't guarantee a perfect ride so remember, it's YOU who is riding. Stay aware of your surroundings, obey the rules of the road, and if you don't feel good about riding a particular route, don't ride it.

Some parts of town, particularly the areas built before 1950, are well connected and arranged mostly as a grid. This area is largely east of the Mississippi River, south and west of Airline Highway, north of Old Hammond Highway, and north and west of College / Lee Drive. Outside that area and connectivity drops quickly making it difficult to ride on neighborhood streets from one development to another. It also usually means riding on a few major streets like Perkins Road, Bluebonnet Boulevard, and Coursey to get from one part of town to another.

Because routes cross a number of neighborhoods and a number of streets, parts of some routes will be more difficult to negotiate than others. When that is the case, we try to include some written notes identifying the problem areas and offering suggestions for dealing with the situation.

These are only suggestions. We encourage you to create routes of your own. When the time comes, if you think you have a good route, maybe even a BETTER route, submit it to us and we'll review it.