Geaux Journey goes past downtown. In February, the social bike driving enterprise will launch a free, month-to-month Wellness Tour geared toward reconnecting riders to the neighborhood whereas prioritizing psychological well being.
The Wellness Excursions shall be held on the primary Thursday of each month, partnering with native council members, colleges, church buildings and different neighborhood leaders and establishments to offer bikers an opportunity to tour completely different neighborhoods and meet their fellow neighbors. Every month, the Wellness Tour will function a brand new map and completely different visitor bikers to symbolize the neighborhood being explored.
It is all a part of Geaux Journey’s bigger mission: wholesome train, enjoyable and peace of thoughts. Proprietor Charles Daniel factors to research which have proven biking simply half-hour a day drastically reduces stress, anxiousness and melancholy. Common biking is confirmed to extend cardiovascular health and muscle flexibility, enhance joint mobility and posture, strengthen bones and plenty of extra advantages.
On the primary tour—subsequent Thursday, Feb. 2—riders will meet at Bordelon’s Tremendous-Save Pharmacy at 6:30 pm Bikes will glow at the hours of darkness and music will play because the tour takes off at 7 pm, with the primary cease at Glen Oaks Excessive College. Daniel says neighborhood members, corresponding to Councilman Darryl Hurst and neighborhood enterprise proprietor Shon Griffin, will be a part of the primary tour.
“This ambiance is considered one of enjoyment,” Daniel says. “You create your individual area.”
Contributors are welcome to carry private bikes or use considered one of 20 bikes that shall be obtainable to be used. There is no such thing as a most of visitors allowed. Afterward, Geaux Journey will put up the Wellness Tour maps on its web site, so anybody can safely discover the neighborhoods by bike.
“Clear your head and begin to admire the fantastic thing about the neighborhood you reside in, begin to create and foster a relationship along with your neighbors,” Daniel says.
Geaux Journey began as a bunch of pals discovering a launch with bike rides by way of New Orleans. In 2016, Daniel opened Geaux Journey as a cell enterprise, and later launched its brick-and-mortar in downtown Baton Rouge in late 2019.
“It began as an outlet for me. I used to be working in company America,” Daniel says. “The pressures of the job grew to become a burden. … I simply needed a very good, enjoyable outlet the place I may recenter, recharge and reset.”
Now, guests at its downtown headquarters are welcome to hire bikes almost any time and day of the week for self-guided excursions, or be a part of one if its many scheduled guided excursions. Throughout the chilly months, between Dec. 1 to March 1, guided excursions are hosted by appointment solely. These excursions can be found for 2-30 folks. As soon as the climate warms up, its scheduled Glow In The Darkish Bicycle Excursions, Downtown Bar Excursions, and Free Weekly Social Bike Rides shall be again.
And in latest instances, the enterprise has expanded past bike excursions. The downtown area is commonly changed into an artwork studio for its Glow In The Darkish Portray, Mommy and Me Paint Courses, Joyful Hour Paint Class, Paint Pinot & Patron Class and extra. It’s obtainable to hire out for personal events as effectively. Geaux Journey is now on observe to launch a gaming lab within the close to future. These involved in using this area can take a survey to voice their opinion on the arrange of the lab.
“Something to create wellness and aid,” Daniel says. “We need to give people who outlet outdoors of the conventional issues provided in Baton Rouge.”
If you would like Geaux Journey to host a Wellness Tour in your space, full the Wellness Occasion Request Kind. Go to its web site to discover its occasion choices and observe its instagram web page for updates on scheduled excursions.
Geaux Journey is open on Sunday by way of Thursday from 7 am to midnight and on Friday and Saturday from 7-2 am It’s at 521 Third St., Suite A.