Sunday, September 19, 2010

Return of the Velo Dendro Shreveport bicycle tour: roll at 8:45 am on Sat, Oct 23, says sponsoring Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets

The Velo Dendro Shreveport Deux Tree Ride has been scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2010, says local organizer Matthew Linn; 3030 Creswell St. (Kings Hwy at Creswell Avenue), Shreveport, (318) 425-3862;

Registration and prep for ride, 8.00 AM; Ride starts at 8.45 AM sharp.

We will get started early at Columbia Cafe, says Linn at the Velo Dendro Facebook site. From there we will roll over to Betty Virginia Park to join Shreveport Green in a tree planting as part of Shreveport Green's "Make a Difference Day" events. From there we will roll through the beautiful tree lined streets of South Highlands and Broadmoor and visit some of the City's most magnificent specimens, including the State Champion sycamore at A.C. Steere Park. We'll learn a little more about the trees, their care and their benefits. We will wind up the event with food and beverages at Columbia Cafe.

Children between 6 and 14 may be too large to ride on their parents bicycle and the distance (ten miles) may be too great for them if they ride their own bicycle. “Trail-a-bike” attachments allowing older children to ride behind a larger bike are welcome as are tandems. Please consider your child’s riding ability before registering for the tour.

Registration is $10 per rider.

Quite active in the capitol, BRASS has 3 autumn rides scheduled for those able to bring their bikes to Baton Rouge: the Velo du Potager, Sunday, October 10, the Velo Muerto el Tercero Historic Cemetery Ride, Sunday, October 31 and the Velo del Oro Treasures of LSU Ride on Sunday, on November 07.

They've also opened online registration for their events (there is an additional charge for the online service).

Questions about the rides? Please see the site for the details:

The 2009 Velo Dendro, initiated by Linn and LSU forestry professor Hallie Dozier, drew a phenomenal 100 riders.

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