For your convenience, bicycle friendly streets have been compiled into a map and rated according to ease of use for the cyclist. This map will be distributed at the Bike Baton Rouge event and throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.
Bicycle facilities cover a wide range of possibilities. Facility types range from a shared lane with motorized traffic with no accommodation for to a separate designated bicycle path. In selecting which type of facility to use, it is important to consider what type of cyclist and the roadway characteristics. The following are brief descriptions of the types of bicycle facilities.
On streets with traffic volumes of less than 3,000 vehicles per day or average travel speeds of less than 30 mph, a standard 12-foot travel lane is sufficient to accommodate both motorist and cyclist. Unless the roadway is part of a designated bicycle route or is heavily used by cyclists, perhaps as an access route to a school or playground, no special signage is necessary.
Wide Curb Lanes
In urban areas, wide curb lanes are recommended for use on roadways with posted speed limits of 30 mph or less and where average daily traffic volumes are less than 10,000. Wide curb lanes can also be used in rural areas; however, under high-volume or high-speed conditions a paved shoulder is preferred. No special signage is required.
The use of paved shoulders to accommodate bicycle traffic has the widest application in rural areas. In fact, most rural bicycle traffic, which is typically low volume, can be adequately served through the provision of 4 to 6 foot wide paved shoulders. Paved shoulders are also appropriate for use on high-speed major arterials in urban areas where use by experienced cyclists is expected. No special signage is required.
Bicycle lanes are best suited for use in urban areas on arterial roadways with traffic volumes greater than 10,000 vehicles per day and average travel speeds of over 30 mph. In rural areas, designated bike lanes may be preferred over an undesignated paved shoulder where heavy bicycle traffic is expected, for example near a bicycle trip generator such as a park or school or on a designated bicycle route. Pavement markings and signage are used to designate the lane for bicycle use.
Bicycle paths, are separate special use facilities providing both physical and visual separation from motorized traffic. They should be considered as a supplement to the roadway network providing access to otherwise inaccessible areas and, in general, should not be constructed parallel to existing roadways. Bicycle paths can also be used as spur connectors from the street network to provide non-motorized access points to facilities such as schools, parks and playgrounds.
Bike routes are not specific facility but a system of bicycle friendly travel paths designated by signage designed to direct cyclists along the most scenic, most direct, or preferred route between two point. All routes should have a specific purpose whether purely recreational or destination oriented.
Source: Final Draft: Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan May 1998
Mountain Bike Trails
In 1992, Recreation and Parks Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) allowed Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association (BRAMBA) to build trails for mountain bike use on a large parcel of undeveloped land in North Baton Rouge. In 1996, a second site, Comite Park, was designated for mountain bike use by BREC.
While BREC has supplied the land and some of the materials, other materials have been donated. BRAMBA members currently volunteer maintenance, the labor for trail design, building.
BREC Mountain Bike Parks
Hooper Road Park
Take I-110 to the Baton Rouge Airport Exit onto Harding Boulevard north toward Plank Road Harding Boulevard will become Hooper Road at the first red light. Stay on Hooper Road until you get to the next red light; turn left onto Cedar Glen Drive in the Sharon Hills neighborhood. When Cedar Glen dead ends, turn right onto Guynel Drive. Continue on Guynell for two blocks and you will be at the entrance of Hooper Road Park. The trailhead is on the left as you enter the parking lot.
Comite River Park
Take I-110 to the Baton Rouge Airport Exit onto Harding Boulevard north toward Plank Road. Harding Boulevard will become Hooper Road at the first red light. Stay on Hooper Road until you come to the park that is located on the south side of the road just west of the Comite River.
Bicycle enthusiasts can to use a velodrome (one of only 15 in the United States) for oval track racing located at Perkins Road Park, 7122 Perkins Road.