Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors Program
Creating community-driven campaigns that advocate for safe, equitable, and affordable transportation options
Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors Program Overview
Nearly half the people living, working, and going to school in the Claiborne Corridor do not own a car and rely on walking, biking, and taking public transit. Unfortunately, areas with high concentrations of poverty, like the Claiborne Corridor, also have disproportionate numbers of pedestrian and bike crashes.
The Claiborne Corridor Ambassador Program works to understand community residents’ needs and desires for changes and improvements to their local streets and then amplify their voices through community-driven campaigns that advocate for safe, equitable, and affordable transportation options. The program aims to create a more inclusive process for public engagement, particularly with regards to decision-making processes concerning New Orleans’ public spaces, streets, and transportation options. Developed out of the Foundation for Louisiana’s Equity Caucus Transportation Working Group, the program recruits and trains Ambassadors to identify transportation problems and develop community solutions to promote walking, biking, transit, and livable streets in their neighborhoods.
Community members who are Ambassadors participate in a campaign training and develop their own project to engage other residents around perceptions of transportation safety on the streets through a community-based advocacy campaign.
Bike Easy is leading a partnership of Claiborne Corridor-focused organizations to recruit and train two cohorts – one in North and one in South Claiborne Corridor – of 6 to 10 Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors (CCA). The program will provide training and resources for ambassadors to launch a community campaign for safer, more livable streets. The Ambassador community engagement training and advocacy campaigns are paid opportunities for Claiborne Corridor community members.
After completion of the project, Bike Easy is committed to developing leadership opportunities for ambassadors – within our organization, partner organizations, and/or external steering group opportunities.
To assist with carrying out our Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors Program, Bike Easy is collaborating with 7-8 Partner Organizations in the North and South Claiborne Corridor that will receive sub-grants to assist with:
- Participating in the Steering Group
- Assistance with setting up and providing outreach for Community Listening Sessions
- Nominating potential ambassadors from within their community networks
- Supporting Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors and connecting Ambassadors to the organization’s community networks
- Providing project feedback for toolkit case studies
Partner Organizations selected are:
- Broadmoor Improvement Association
- Friends of Lafitte Greenway
- Historic Faubourg Treme Association
- Jericho Road
- Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans
- Neighborhood Partnerships Network
- NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership
- and we are still seeking one organization to assist with the Uptown Cohort
Ambassador Advocacy Training and Project Overview
Advocacy Training: approximately 10 weeks
For each cohort, we propose to engage 5-10 ambassadors in an intensive 10-week program to provide direct training around:
- Problem identification & community surveys
- Advocacy and winning campaigns training
- Street design and neighborhood biking and walking tours
- Outreach and engagement events
Ambassadors meet 2 hours per week during the leadership training – a total $200 stipend.
Demonstration Project: approximately 6 weeks
Following this leadership training, ambassadors will become engaged in implementing a community campaign and/or demonstration project. This could include an engagement event (i.e. community workshop); physical demonstration project (i.e. Better Block project); media project (i.e. PSA video); or dedicated campaign (i.e. letter writing, rally, etc).
Ambassadors will be provided a stipend for 4 hours per week for 6 weeks to implement the demonstration project chosen by the group – a total $240 stipend.
- Mid-Nov – 1st Community Listening Session
- Early-mid Dec – Downtown Ambassadors selected
- Jan – Mar (w/Mardi Gras break) – Downtown Advocacy Training
- Mar – Apr – Downtown Demonstration Projects
- End of April – Uptown Community Listening Session
- May – Uptown Ambassadors selected
- June – July – Uptown Advocacy Training
- Aug – Sept – Uptown Demonstration Projects
For more information or to get involved, please contact Dan Favre, Executive Director – dan [at] bikeeasy.org or 504-861-4022.