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Biking safe is a priority in Baton Rouge

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Posted: May 7, 2014 6:46 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: May 7, 2014 7:06 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: bike, safety, crpc, bike to school, bike baton rouge, mike martin

BATON ROUGE - Kids learned about bike safety for Bike to School day as the city works to make it a safer place to ride.

University Terrace Elementary encourages kids to bike and walk to school. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office taught kids about hand signals and laws on their commute. Bike riders say the city has come a long way in becoming bike friendly.

In 2012 five people were reportedly killed while riding bikes in Baton Rouge. Since then, no deaths have been reported. The Capital Region Planning Committee has worked to keep that number at zero. They have bike trail maps and stations in the works. CRPC says bike safety education and enforcement, is their biggest focus.

"A few years ago I would never have thought about riding my bike in and around the city because I just wouldn't have felt safe but now they have so many good areas for you to do it he city is a lot more fit and active friendly," said recreational cyclist, Tommy Guidroz.

Cyclists say areas like River Road, Capitol Heights and the LSU Lakes are some of their favorite places to ride.

"Think about going for a ride yourself because then you'll have more empathy and understand, not only how wonderful it is to ride a bike, but how nice it would be, if you just took that little second, to just relax, for that little bit," said commuter cyclist Mark Martin.

Bike Baton Rouge hosts community rides and events. For more information click here.

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