News roundup: Engster to get Racial Justice Award … City launches ‘bikeability index’

Radio host to get honor from YWCA: Jim Engster, president of the Louisiana Radio Network and host of a WRKF talk show, will receive the YWCA Greater Baton Rouge’s 18th annual Racial Justice Award. Engster is being recognized for his advocacy of racial and social justice. He will be honored at an awards breakfast April 14 at Juban’s. For more information or tickets, e-mail

How safe are the streets? The city-parish Planning Commission has launched a website that lets people measure how safe it is to bike around town, instead of driving a car. The website at uses Google Maps to measure the “bikeability index” of a route. Mayor Kip Holden says, to his knowledge, Baton Rouge is the first community in the country to put this service online.

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