In 2006, Glenmore residents asked the Department of Public Works to help solve the problem of speeders and cut-through traffic along the boulevard. The addition of calming strips, speed humps, stop signs and a reduction of the speed limit to 25 mph was the successful solution. Residents were assured by the department that parking along the boulevard would not be affected by these additions. Glenmore evolved into a boulevard that welcomes walkers, strollers, joggers and cyclists often stopping to visit along the way.
Nine years later, the residents of Glenmore were blindsided by a change of the calming stripe to a designated bike lane by CPEX. An abrupt wake-up call for the residents began when hostile cyclists launched their campaign, appearing on the boulevard shouting obscenities, kicking cars parked in the bike lane, slashing tires and placing nails in front of workmen’s trucks. Baton Rouge police officers were summoned by the cyclists to issue traffic violations to visitors parked in front of homes.
Concerned citizens contacted CPEX and requested to have the designated bike lane removed. CPEX assured the residents that a petition of 65 percent opposing the change would result in the immediate removal of the designation. Ninety-three percent of the residents signed the petition to allow residents to legally park in front of their homes and to return the boulevard to a shared street for all to enjoy. CPEX has not honored their commitment to the Glenmore residents, and the residents continue to endure the radical actions of the cyclists.
Glenmore has long been the benchmark for providing a safe place for neighbors and visitors to enjoy with a true spirit of sharing. In contrast, the tactics of the cyclists have had an adverse affect on the Baton Rouge community.
Wouldn’t it be better to adopt a change in attitude by working together to make traveling along our streets a cooperative experience rather than creating a hostile environment labeled as bike wars?