BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The 5th annual Pedaling for Peace took place Friday night with local leaders.
The event was sponsored by Mayor Pro Tempore LaMont Cole, Shoppers Value, MLK Community Center, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge Police Department, Capital City Ques and Geaux Cruisin.
“It certainly aligns with our vision, with the peace, prosperity and progress of our city,” said Mayor-Speaker Sharon Weston Broome.
Runners like Councilman Cleve Dunn Jr. and his family came out to support the cause. Councilor Dunn said he has noticed a lot of violent crime has increased in the community.
“We have a lot of violent crime here in Baton Rouge, a lot of murder,” Councilman Dunn said.
Law enforcement, local leaders and community members all lined up at Shoppers Value on Government Street.
Mayor Sharon Weston Broome enjoyed her walk with people.
“I certainly like the concept of pedaling for peace,” said Mayor Broome.
“It’s about doing something that’s family-oriented, that everyone can participate in, everyone enjoys it, and it covers many bases, it’s healthy and fun,” Councilman Cole said. .
Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul says it’s about spending time as a community.
“Look, I always say this, crime is not a police issue, it’s a community issue, and we need to work together as a community,” Chief Paul said.
Councilman Dunn Jr. wants to remind people in the community, “You know, the police can’t be there all the time, the mayor and the stakeholders can’t be there all the time, you know, to stop the acts. sense of violence, it will lead us to control each other.