Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Velo Dendro on Sat, Nov 7, 9:30 am to 1 pm: bike tour of Shreveport's tree life led by forester Dr Hallie Dozier

Columbia Cafe, Shreveport Green & the LSU AgCenter bring you the very first Velo Dendro in Shreveport, says Hallie Dozier.

This is a family bicycle ride geared toward getting you out on your bikes cruising around town and feeling free and easy..

The Velo Dendro S is a tour of significant trees
in Shreveport.

We will begin at the Columbia Café at Creswell and Kings Highway and head north to downtown. Along the way we will visit examples of good and poor pruning practices and take part in a tree planting at a local church. Once downtown, we will visit the historic court house on Texas Street, and discuss modern trends in urban forest planting.

After a short break for refreshments we will head over to the Clyde Fant Parkway. Cutting back away from the River after a few miles, we will mosey over to see a demonstration of tree/utility conflicts with SWEPCO and then on to take a look at the Louisiana State Champion Sycamore tree on the A.C. Steere playground.

Other stops as we make our way back to Columbia Café will include Betty Virginia Park and the Slattery Oak.

Following the ride we will be treated to the sweet sounds of A Fine Romance Trio at the Columbia Café and enjoy post-ride refreshments. The entire route is approximately 17 easy miles. No single section of the ride with be longer than two miles, which should be easily accomplished by anyone. Along the route we will supply water and mid-ride snacks, bathroom breaks and mechanical support (if needed). Riders are free to bring their own snacks if they wish.

The rides are open to anyone. Children 5 and under ride free and are welcome as long as they ride on their parent’s bicycle; no tricycles or other children’s bicycles will be allowed due to safety concerns.

Children between 6 and 14 may be too large to ride on their parents bicycle and the distance 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. The tour will stop only at preplanned sites.

Please consider your child’s riding ability before registering for the tour.

The ride will end with food, music, and beverages. Riders will also receive a commemorative t-shirt. A registration fee of $10.00 per ride per rider is required.
Saturday, November 7
Registration and prep for ride, 8.30—9.30 AM
Ride from 9.30 AM — 1.00 PM

Online registration at http://www.bikereg. com/events/ register. asp?eventid= 9401

Online registration requires an additional fee ($2.40—2.60, depending on total registration fee) for credit card payment.

Hallie Dozier
225-281-3264 (h/c)
225-578-7219 (w)
hallie_dozier@ yahoo.com

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