Apparently we here at The Ind aren’t the only ones who believe Lafayette’s rapidly growing, spirited crowd of bicycling enthusiasts is a noteworthy addition to our Cool Town.
What began as a grassroots movement to make bicycling a more viable form of transportation in town has since evolved into a “full advocacy and awareness” campaign in the Hub City, thanks in large part to local nonprofits like BikeLafayette and T.R.A.I.L, or Transportation Recreation Alternatives In LA, that have pedaled up to the political plate to bring bicycling to the attention of policymakers at both the local and state levels.
Starting Tuesday, Bike Lafayette, T.R.A.I.L, Lafayette Consolidated Government and the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization will kick off a month-long series of cycling-related events for the public to coincide with National Bike Month.
According to a press release from T.R.A.I.L., the May bike activities will begin with a proclamation at City Hall from Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, who will officially crown the month of May as “Bike Month” and formally name the week of May 14-18 “Bike to Work Week.”
Other activities planned for May, as noted by T.R.A.I.L. and BikeLafayette are as follows:
Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge - May 1 to August 31
Signup at www.bikeleague.org to participate in a nationwide competition to win prizes for riding your bike.
Bike Corral at Downtown Alive – May 4, 11, 18, and 25
Basic Traffic Skills 101 – May 5 (Part I) & May 12 (Part II)
Bicycle Commuting Basics Workshop – May 8
Ride for Rox – May 12
Ride of Silence – May 14
T.R.A.I.L. Commuter Challenge – May 14-31
Bike To Work Day – May 18
-Coffee with the City-Parish President – Joey Durel will bike from his home to meet with area cyclists at Another Broken Egg in River Ranch. Open to the public.
-Commuter Convoy – Immediately following coffee BikeLafayette will lead the “Commuter Convoy” from the Fresh Market parking lot in River Ranch along secondary roads to work places in downtown, ULL and the Oil Center.
Visit BikeLafayette’s website for more info.