Hallie Dozier, Van Osdell, Mary Ann | 10/20/2009 11:04:00 PM
News Release Distributed 10/20/09
A leisurely bicycle tour of Shreveport’s most significant trees will be held Nov. 7, led by Shreveport native Dr. Hallie Dozier, an urban forester with the LSU AgCenter.
Registration and preparation for Vélo Dendro S (bicycle tree tour – Shreveport) runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Columbia Café, 3030 Creswell Ave. in Shreveport.
“Riders – amateur and experienced, young and old – will enjoy the camaraderie of a slow, easy, fun, Saturday morning bike ride on the streets of Shreveport,” Dozier said. The urban forester, whose office is in Baton Rouge, has led vélo dendro tours there six times.
“This fun and information-filled ride encourages and supports the growth of bicycling and healthier living in the Shreveport area,” Dozier said.
The ride will cover approximately 15 miles in the Highland, South Highlands and Broadmoor areas, with frequent stops along the way to look at special trees. Stops include the Caddo Parish Courthouse and Betty Virginia Park and the Slattery Oak.
Dozier said riders will be treated to a visit to the Louisiana State Champion sycamore tree at A.C. Steere Elementary School. Dozier attended Steere, Broadmoor and Byrd schools and graduated from Centenary College in 1982.
In addition to getting the scoop on local trees, riders will see examples of good and poor pruning practices and an arcing demonstration by SWEPCO (Southwestern Electric Power Co.).
Water, snacks and rider support will be provided along the route. Also included in the tour fee are post-ride refreshments and music by A Fine Romance Trio hosted by Columbia Café.
The cost of the tour is $10 for each rider, which includes a commemorative T-shirt. There’s no fee for children 5 and under, but they must ride on their parents’ bicycles. “Trail-a-bike” attachments are welcome.
A PDF registration form is available at www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9401.
Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets (B.R.A.S.S.), Columbia Café, the LSU AgCenter, Shreveport Green and SWEPCO partnered to sponsor the event.
For more information, contact Dozier at 225-578-7219.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture