Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Better Shreveport Candidates Bike Ride a signal success: over 50 people participated in event that focused on pedestrian as well as bicycle issues

by Robert Trudeau

An air of unlikely holiday prevailed at the Central Fire Station on Th, Sept 2, as candidates for mayor and city council gathered amidst a bevy of bikers.

It was a forum on wheels. The promise was that candidates would intro themselves and then pedal alongside their potential constituents. Additionally, part of the group would walk the distance.

The event was organized by A Better Shreveport's Stephanie Pedro, Carolyn Manning, April Waren and Robert Trudeau.

The cycle route wound around the Municipal Auditorium, past Aseana Gardens, and up Texas Ave to 846 Texas. There, at minicine?, the group gulped water and listened to arts producer David Nelson.

Tour leader was Garrett Johnson, who spoke about SRAC's plans for the Central Fire Station. At historic Municipal Auditorium the riders heard recent research findings from historian Chris 'Southern Maid Hot Donuts' Brown.

Pedaling toward the river, the group loitered outside Robinson Film Center and palavered with Chris Jay. The walking group tarried at Artspace and heard Pam Atchison introduce the blues band which wailed in the background.

Carolyn Manning kept the gang of walkers on pace despite telling stories about downtown street sculptures.

As the bikers rolled past Noble Savage, waiter Pete Fetterman and musicians from the Dirty Red Jam waved at the colorful stream of riders.

At the terminus,the Commerce St office co-op called CoHabitat, John Grindley invited the group to park and party in the schvingy space.

The bike ride was a prelude to next Thursday's Candidates Pub Quiz Forum, to be held at CoHabitat over drinks and snacks. It begins at 6 pm. Questions for the candidates have been solicited from across the city, said Pedro.

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