Friday, January 27, 2012

Hello cycling fans! Visit the new, improved William Sellers has been working dilligently to make updates, and there will be more to come. Thank you, Will, for volunteering your time and talents! He is open to your constructive feedback. Some more of the new info will be updated soon. For those of you not on facebook, you can view some of the facebook postings on the website sidebar! We are still using this yahoo group for communications too. Happy trails, roads, & track! Kelly

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Donate blood drive for Danny regardless of Blood Type

Justin Weber Danny Morris, the surviving victim of this tragic event needs your help. Anyone can donate blood for Danny regardless of Blood Type. To do so, go to Our Lady of the Lake info desk and they will direct you where to go. Let them know you are giving blood for Danny Morris who is a patient there. He needs it desperately. Maybe you are not in the shape to do so, but you might know someone who can. Spread the word.

Another senseless death

Another senseless death I knew Nathan Crowson. Now he is dead. A drunk driver ran him over and killed him while he was riding on Perkins Road. Daniel Morris, who was riding with Nathan, remains in the hospital. But why were Nathan and Daniel riding on Perkins Road at night? They have the legal right and responsibility to be there, to be sure, but why would they be there? Just like everyone else on Perkins Road, and all the other streets of Baton Rouge, they were getting where they wanted to go. Unfortunately, because Baton Rouge has spent the past 60 years creating a city with only one viable means of transportation – the personal automobile – they had no choice but to ride Perkins Road. There are no bicycle paths paralleling Perkins Road. There are no bicycle routes through the neighborhoods because many of the developments are not connected. There is only one way to get to many places in town on a bicycle and that is on the road with motorists. This doesn't have to be the way things are. Cities are built. We could have built bicycle facilities, sidewalks, and a mass transit system with dedicated on-street facilities to be used in conjunction with motor vehicles over the past 60 years but we didn't. We gave our city over to the automobile and it is killing us every day. Not just bicyclists but other motorists and pedestrians die. For the past six years the Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets (BRASS) has been advocating for bicycling and walking in Baton Rouge. Two years ago, in fact, BRASS submitted a bicycle route that will connect the Levee Path with Highland Observatory. This route uses existing, low-traffic and low-speed streets. A few short connectors will have to be built at minimal cost. Why hasn't is been created? The Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets (BRASS) calls upon the Mayor's office, the Metropolitan Council, the Department of Public Works, and BREC: • to work together to adopt a Complete Streets policy for the City-Parish; • to create, fund, and implement a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan for the city-parish as soon as possible; • to establish a bicycle / pedestrian coordinator position within the governance of the City-Parish with oversight authority to ensure new facilities are created appropriately and in accordance with current standards and best practices, and; • to immediately begin working on implementing a safe bicycle and pedestrian route roughly paralleling Perkins Road and another roughly paralleling Highland Road. Join BRASS is creating a safer Baton Rouge for all roadway users. Go to to see how. Mark E.Martin BRASS

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tour of Piney Hills, Ruston, Louisiana - May 5th, 2012

Please make a note of the date - May 5th, 2012 for Tour of Piney Hills with start and finish at Lincoln Parish Park, Ruston, Louisiana. The event is managed by and for the benefit of FCA, with 10 mile, 25 mile and Metric Century Routes through scenic Piney Hills Country. This is not a race but the Metric Century is a testing ride for the more serious recreational cyclist, with a number of hills. Registration will soon be available through Thanks Ian Macaskill Secretary Piney Hills Cyclists.Inc
Dear Friends: Join our Tour de Cure Friends & Family Team, Team Red Louisiana! With your support, there's hope! Diabetes can take an enormous emotional and physical toll on people with diabetes and their families. You can help us Stop Diabetes by joining our Friends & Family Team and raising funds to help the American Diabetes Association provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure. Please contact me at for more information or visit our Team Web page using the link below. Thank you in advance for any help and support you can provide. Together we can Stop Diabetes! One mile at a time. Sincerely, Herb Sumrall, Jr. Click here to visit my personal page. If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address: Click here to view the team page for Team Red If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tour de Blue: Cycling For Prostate Cancer Awareness

Event Title: Tour de Blue: Cycling For Prostate Cancer Awareness When: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8:00 am Where: Birmingham Bicycle Company, 1105 Dunston Ave., Birmingham, AL Description: The 2012 Edition of the Tour de Blue will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The bicycle ride leaves from the Birmingham Bicycle Company in Birmingham, Alabama and meanders through Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties. There are three ride options (60, 75, and 100 miles). The terrain is rolling with several challenging climbs. The 100-mile route takes riders from the bike shop to the Logan Martin Dam and back. The cost of the ride is $40.00 and includes an event t-shirt. There are periodic rest stops on all of the routes that are well stocked with food and drinks. There is full SAG support for all of the riders. For more info & to register: FaceBook: Twitter: @TourdeBlue Contact: Sherry Wilson at or 205-445-0117

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

No Such Thing As Impossible Bike Ride, March 25th

Attention cyclists! Registration is now open for the fourth annual "No Such Thing as Impossible" fundraiser bike ride. Distances include 10mi, 46mi and 74mi through the St. Francisville countryside for only $30. Thank you for helping provide adapted bikes to Louisiana children with disabilities! Register today at Visit or view the attached flyer to learn more. If you or someone you know may be interested in sponsorship, please see the attached sponsorship application or contact Lauren Lauren K. Hoffmann, PT, PCS Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy Program Director, Wheels to Succeed Wheels to Succeed McMains Children's Developmental Center 1805 College Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808 225-923-3420

Monday, January 02, 2012

A bicycle ride in honor of those law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty the year before.

My name is Rich Gallo and I am with Law Enforcement United - a group of police officers who, each spring, bicycle ride in honor of those law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty the year before. This coming year, we are going to start in Baton Rouge, because a officer (retired Customs) in our group was killed while out on a training bike ride. His name was J. Rob Moorhead - and he lived in Denham Springs. Our group consists of approx 12 riders (with some support staff) - and from Baton Rouge we will proceed to Brunswick, GA where the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is located; and then continue bicycling to Washington, DC (getting into DC at the start of National Police Week). If possible, I would like to talk to someone in the Baton Rouge Bicycle Club - to prepare a route from BR / Denham Springs out towards Mississippi. I do have the Adventure Cycling Association maps (Southern Tier, Section 6) but this map details a route that starts from St. Francisville, goes north to Norwood, east to Kentwood before getting into Bogalusa. We were looking for a more direct route to Bogalusa (if possible) Any assistance would be greatly appreciated - in fact we do have "gifts" for our trail angels along the way! Besides this e-mail, I can be reached at (516) 317-9320. Regards for a happy healthy New Year - Rich Gallo Director - Law Enforcement United - FLETC Ride