BATON ROUGE, La. (BRRPROUD) — City-Parish officials and Southdowns residents celebrated the new bike lanes along Hyacinth Avenue.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, along with District 12 Councilwoman Jennifer Racca, Representative Barbara Freiberg, representatives of Bike Baton Rouge, and the Southside Civic Association acknowledged the completion of the nearly two-mile bike lanes on Hyacinth Avenue Monday morning.

“With more people riding bicycles for transportation as well as health and recreation, dedicated bike lanes on a busy street make travel safer for everyone,” said Mayor Broome. “I am especially glad this bike path connects a large neighborhood to a middle school.”

The mayor’s office said the project received $779,000 in federal funding and $521,000 from Green Light Program for the bike lanes’ planning design and construction.

“With more than 65 additional miles of new bike lanes and over 100 miles of additional sidewalks currently in planning or design as part of our MOVEBR program, we are working to make our streets safer and more accessible for everyone,” Mayor Broome said. “I love to ride my bike and hope everyone will join the Southdowns neighbors in celebrating the completion of this project.”

City officials said other work on the Hyacinth Avenue bike lanes that run from Stanford to Glasgow avenues included the addition of drainage culverts and catch basins, the removal and replacement of existing driveways, pavement widening, striping, and more.