League of American Bicyclists
In 2009, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Baton Rouge as a city that has made notable achievements and is committed to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. In early 2013, the Planning Commission coordinated an effort with other
City-Parish and State agencies, and the local bicycle advocacy groups to submit an application to re-designate Baton Rouge as a Bike Friendly City. This goal was realized on May 13, 2013 when the League announced that our Bronze Designation had been extended until 2017.
As part of the Bicycle Friendly Community application, the League of American Bicyclists provided feedback on how to improve cycling in Baton Rouge. The
Bicycle Friendly Community Feedback Report is available for viewing and should be used as a guide to make as many improvements possible prior to renewing the designation in 2017.
For more information about our Bronze Level designation, the
League of American Bicyclists (LAB), and the Bike Friendly City Program, please
visit the LAB website at www.bikeleague.org.
Bicycling improves health through physical activity and helps prevent air pollution caused by ordinary means of transportation. The Planning Commission is working to make Baton Rouge a safe environment for bicyclists
and pedestrians. For your convenience, a link to the Baton Rouge Area Bicycle Map is provided. This map was developed in 2004 by the Capital Region Planning Commission and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory
Committee. The information presented is intended to rate the “bicycle friendliness” or ease of use for all major through streets in East Baton
Rouge Parish. Also, please visit the "BikeBR" online application to
interact with bike facility and other related information in a user friendly
online mapping interface. The City-Parish Planning Commission developed this
interactive mapping tool to help determine which areas in Baton Rouge are easily accessible by bicycle. A “bikeability index” was created to measure
how safe, easy, and desirable it is to bike instead of drive on our road network.
Walking is the most basic form of transportation, and everyone is considered
a pedestrian. Transit or automobile trips begin and end with a walk. Often
times, walking is the quickest way to accomplish short trips in urban areas,
and it is an important form of transportation that should not be overlooked. As required by
"FUTUREBR," the Planning Commission is working to
analyze the “walkability” of Baton Rouge neighborhoods. This information
will assist planners to guide future development, and provide short
“20-minute walks” between residential and commercial areas. Two maps are
available to view the walkability of our neighborhoods. The
Neighborhood Hotspots map
was generated using grid-based GIS software. A refined version with
delineated boundaries is displayed in the
Neighborhood Walksheds map.
The Planning Commission hopes that the information contained within the following
Web pages will be useful to all Baton Rouge residents and visitors. For questions or additional information, please contact our office at (225) 389-3144 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Information Bulletin # 53
Neighborhood Bicycle Survey
Bicycle Safety Videos
Louisiana Laws Related to Bicycling
Bicycling to Work
Useful Cycling Links
Bicycle Routes, Maps and Facilities
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning and Meetings
Children and Students on Bikes
Mississippi River Levee Bike Path and Attractions