Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lafayette's Bicycle Routes

Whether you're into commuting to work or school by bicycle or simply going for a leisurely ride, it can be very beneficial to know where the safest areas to bike are. The number of bicycle-friendly (or at least bicycle-tolerant) streets in Lafayette is growing, and cyclists are much more common to see.

During National Bike Month, it's a great time to look at those roads that are now marked with separate or combined bike lanes, special bike routes, and bike trails in and around Lafayette.


Several roads within Lafayette have recently been restriped to include bike lanes, including Bertrand Drive between North College and Johnston Street, allowing a connection from Cajun Field to the Moncus Park at the Horse Farm.


West Bayou Parkway was restriped last year, and Mudd Avenue on the north side is another newer addition.

In collaboration with CGI and Lafayette Consolidated Government, UL students Daniel Soileau, Alec Daher and Abby Savoie created a bike lane mapping project, noting which streets have dedicated bike lanes, which have shared bike lanes, and where important resources are located along the way. This map is a very helpful planning assistant when you're looking at routes to take.

Bike Lane project by UL Lafayette, CGI and Lafayette Consolidated Government

With Thursday marking four years since Mickey Shunick's abduction and murder, let's focus on the positive things that have happened in her memory. From St. Landry Street getting lots of street lights (a very-needed safety measure) to a loop being named after her, she has helped propel the city forward.

Mickey Shunick's memorial bike in April 2016

The added street lighting runs along St. Landry and turns on Coliseum Boulevard, heading toward the UL Lafayette intramural fields and Greek housing.





The below map traces Mickey's Loop, with the exception of an update to be made along Reinhardt Boulevard near Cajun Field. Due to the new UL athletic complex being built, there's no longer on the street between Bertrand and Cajundome Boulevard.

This Active Acadiana article is from the dedication of Mickey's Loop on December 30, 2015.

Mickey's Loop path throughout Lafayette.

For a little extra adventure, the Atakapa-Ishak Trail runs through Lafayette, Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville and is a combination of on-road (paved shoulders, shared roadways and bike lanes) and off-road (asphalt flanked by turf) terrain. The trail is noted as being for hiking, running and biking.

Photo courtesy Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission

The full route can be viewed on this Google map (not created by me, but thank you to the unnamed creator who did make it!)

Atakapa-Ishak Trail, courtesy of Google Maps

Where is your favorite place to ride in and around Lafayette?

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