Bike ride to highlight Jefferson Highway national conference in Natchitoches


The Jefferson Highway Association, in conjunction with Bike Natchitoches and the Cane River Brewery, will host a guided Jefferson Highway Bicycle Ride Thursday, April 25, as part of their national conference which will be in Natchitoches April 24 – 27.

The casual paced ride will start from the parking area of the Cane River Brewery, 118 Mill Street, at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public and bicycle riders of all skill level are encouraged to ride along the historic highway route through Natchitoches. In addition to the bike ride, there will be two contests before the start of the ride for the “Best Vintage Bicycle” and the “Best Vintage Dressed Rider.”

A trophy and prizes from the Cane River Brewery will be awarded before the ride starts. A limited supply of colorful Jefferson Highway Bike Ride T-Shirts will also be available for purchase for $16 before the ride begins. Portions of the ride are scheduled to have a police escort for safety, but helmets are highly encouraged. Participants are riding at their own risk. The historic Jefferson Highway was first formed in New Orleans in 1915 and once traversed from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to New Orleans as part of the “Good Roads Movement” of this time period.

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Event Schedule:

5:30 P.M. – Bike Ride Signup – Orientation – Vintage Bicycle and Vintage Clothing Contests

6 P.M. – Ride begins from Cane River Brewery

7:30 P.M. – Return to Cane River Brewery – Food Trucks and Refreshments

This interactive map of the Jefferson Highway shows clickable points of interest. One click opens a window with details and/or a photo of the location and it’s relevance to the Highway.