Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Plans underway for liesurely bicycle trek called Velo Dendro; meeting at Columbia Cafe on Tues, Jan 20, 3:30 pm

Please join us in a community meeting, writes Matthew Linn, to discuss an exciting community event scheduled for this fall. Vélo Dendro S is a community bicycle tour of Shreveport’s most significant trees. Light refreshments will be served.

The meeting is Tues, Jan 20, 3:30 p.m. at Columbia Café.
(318) 425-3862

The LSU AgCenter and Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets (B.R.A.S.S.) will bring Vélo Dendro to Shreveport in 2009. Vélo Dendro S is a leisurely bicycle tour of significant trees in our city. Riders – amateur and experienced, young and old – will enjoy the camaraderie of a slow, easy, fun bike ride on the streets of Shreveport.

Shreveport native Dr. Hallie Dozier, Associate Professor of Forestry at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, will lead Vélo Dendro S. Dr. Dozier will share her knowledge of the magnificent native and exotic tree species that grow in northwestern Louisiana.

The ride will cover approximately 12-15 miles with frequent stops along the way to look at special trees. Water and snacks and rider support will be provided along the route.

Vélo Dendro S is for all levels of riders, with an emphasis on family groups and casual riders. The cost of the tour is $15 for each rider, which includes a commemorative T-shirt and educational materials. Children 5 and under are free but must ride on their parents’ bicycles. Trailers for small children are encouraged. Children 14 and under must wear a helmet.

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