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2018 Spring Bicycle Second Line!

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 23, 2018 in Events

Photos and recap.

The Bicycle Second Line brings together people from all groups, riding abilities, and styles. Riders participate in a pedal-powered version of the musical second line parades that weave through the streets of New Orleans. At this year’s event, we saw road bikes, cruisers, fat tire bikes, and even a tricycle with a basket large enough to fit a poodle! Community events like the Bicycle Second Line give people a chance to participate in a group bike ride when they might otherwise feel uncomfortable about riding on the road. We hope that these events will encourage people on bike to continue riding.

There is no age limit for the Bicycle Second Line and we even saw a young boy ride his tricycle the entirety of the 10-mile ride. He was tuckered out by the end and earned a nap in his mother’s lap during the after party.

May is Membership Month and the Bicycle Second Line acts as a Membership drive for Bike Easy. The first 100 Members to arrive or register get a free t-shirt! Bike Easy has many supporters who try to collect a t-shirt every year. This year we had 91 new or renewing Members and raised $3,000!

We are celebrating Bike Easy’s 15th anniversary this year and encouraged riders to dress up. Take a look at some of the great costumes!

Find more pictures in our Facebook album.

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Becoming a League Cycling Instructor

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 23, 2018 in Bicycle Safety

Get certified with Bike Easy!

Are you an experienced bike rider who has thought about teaching others how to become safe cyclists?

By becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), you can help New Orleans become a safer bicycling community and help Bike Easy educate Greater New Orleans about bike safety. League Cycling Instructors are certified by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) to teach bicycle safety.

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According to the League, League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are certified to teach the Smart Cycling classes using the League of American Bicyclist (LAB) curriculum. Their goal is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, to create the mindset that bikes are treated as vehicles, and to ensure that people on bicycles know how to ride safely and legally. LCIs are members of the LAB and have completed an intense 3-day seminar training. LAB certified instructors are active within the bicycling community and are covered by the LAB liability insurance.

Once someone successfully completes the LCI Seminar, they are qualified to be a hired by Bike Easy as a contracted Bike Easy Safety Instructor. As a Bike Easy Safety Instructor, you would support Bike Easy’s efforts by delivering bicycle and pedestrian safety education as a contract worker throughout the New Orleans region through classes and outreach events.

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Bike Easy is hosting an LCI Seminar August 24th-26th at the Bike Easy office, 2100 O.C. Haley Blvd. Bike Easy will provide 10 participants scholarships to cover the cost of the LCI Seminar ($350).

More information about becoming a League Cycling Instructor and the LCI Seminar

Note: The LAB Smart Cycling Classes offered locally are marketed as Smart Bicycling, formerly named Traffic Safety 101.

May Newsletter

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 21, 2018 in Events

Upcoming events and other Bike Easy news!

May 16, 2018

SPRING BICYCLE SECOND LINE!

Sunday, May 20th is the Spring Bicycle Second Line! Meet us in City Park for a pedal-powered version of the famous, musical second line parades lead by Egg Yolk Jubilee!  

When: Sunday, May 20th. Registration is at 10 am and the ride begins at 11 am.
Where: City Park in front of New Orleans Museum of Art.
Cost: Free!
P.S. – The first 100 Bike Easy Members to register receive a free t-shirt!

Thanks to our supporters for making this event possible: Bike Law Louisiana, Odyssey House Louisiana, Inc, Property One, Inc., Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), Travel Central Travel Agency, Northwestern Mutual, Second Line Brewing, Mid-City Carriages, Second Line Brewing, Cheri’ Ben-Iesau Creative Arts, Soll Planning, Alex’s Bikes, Bokah Bikes New Orleans, Nobs Bikes/Boards, The Bike Shop Nola, Bicycle Michael’s.

BIKEWAY POP-UP DISCUSSION
On Wednesday, May 16th from 2 pm – 3:30 pm Bike Easy will host a bikeway pop-up discussion regarding access to the Lafitte Greenway via St. Louis St. We will meet in the Cabildo Museum 3rd floor meeting room. 

This discussion will cover the overall goal and designs for a temporary biking installation connecting the Lafitte Greenway to the French Quarter.

BIKE EASY MEMBERSHIP!

May is Membership Month! Bike Easy Membership is a powerful tool to show that you believe in an equitable and safe biking network in Greater New Orleans and gives us the demonstrable political support to make an impact.

The first 100 Members to register at the Bicycle Second Line get a free t-shirt!

Support our work by renewing your Bike Easy Membership today!

SUPPORT COMPLETE STREETS IN JEFFERSON PARISH

Jefferson Parish is updating their comprehensive plan which presents an opportunity to prioritize street designs that are safe for bikers of all ages and abilities. 

Show your support with an “email to a Parish Council Member”:https://act.yourethecure.org/HwTmgLg or call 504-608-3461 to urge them to pass a Complete Streets policy. Find a phone script on our blog. 

SIGN THE PETITION TO MAYOR CANTRELL

Take a moment to sign Bike Easy’s petition Mayor LaToya Cantrell to office and asking her to update the Complete Streets policy for New Orleans — for improved safety, increased health equity, higher design standards, and added mobility options for every resident in our city.

COVINGTON COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE

Saturday, May 19th is the Covington Walk & Roll Community Bike Ride!

Join the FREE 3-mile family bike ride from 10 am – 12 pm starting with a mechanics station and safety briefing. The ride will begin and end at Rev Peter Atkins Park.

SMART BIKING 

Our Adult Bike Safety Classes (formerly known as Traffic Safety 101) will take place this June. The class is split up into three sections with participants learning a range of skills from bike maintenance to riding safely. Find June dates and registration information here.

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: ODYSSEY HOUSE LOUISIANA

Odyssey House Louisiana is a non-profit behavioral health care provider with an emphasis on addiction treatment. Bicycling is part of an active and healthy lifestyle that Odyssey House Louisiana promotes.

Odyssey House Louisiana is a sponsor of the Spring Bicycle Second Line.

KIDS BIKE DAY

Sunday, June 3rd is Kids Bike Day at the Milne Rec Center! From 10 am – 2 pm children can learn the basics of riding a bike, bike safety, and play games or enjoy a group ride.

Contact Keith Holt more information. 

SUMMER COMPLETE STREETS AMBASSADORS

Improve biking and walking safety in your neighborhood by becoming a Complete Streets Ambassador.

The Summer ’18 Ambassadorship begins with two-day training in New Orleans, June 9th and 10th. The program is three months, running from June 9th through September 8th.

Apply today!

BIKE/WALK FRIENDLY DRIVER CLASS

Take a one-hour class designed for drivers to learn how to navigate bicycle infrastructure, what to expect from people on bike and people walking, and how to avoid common collisions. 

All participants will earn a certificate and window decal certifying their status as a Bike Easy Bike/Walk Friendly Driver. Participants can register here.

Weekly Update - May 16th (Video)

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 16, 2018 in Membership

Dan talks about how Membership supports the work of Bike Easy.

Greater New Orleans has seen amazing progress in the number of people on bike- in fact there has been a 50% increase in the number of people who biked to work between 2011 and 2015! Community events like the Bicycle Second Line encourage new riders to get on a bike. Events like these are made possible through the support of Bike Easy Members.

May is Membership Month and the best way to share the joy of bicycling and make it an easy choice for everyone is to become a Bike Easy Member! Bike Easy Membership is a powerful tool to show that you believe in an equitable and safe biking network in Greater New Orleans and gives us the demonstrable political support to make an impact.

The first 100 Members to register at the Bicycle Second Line get a free t-shirt!

Support our work with Bike Easy Membership today!

Smart Biking - Adult Bike Safety Classes

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 15, 2018 in Bicycle Safety

Formerly known as Traffic Safety 101

Bike Easy has reformatted our Adult Bike Safety Class curriculum. The two-day class formerly titled “Traffic Safety 101” will now be called “SMART BIKING” – a class structured in three sessions:

Session 1 – Getting to Know Your Bike and Your Rights (in-class/off-bike)
Topics: Choosing a bike, adjusting the bike, maintenance, clothing/gear, rules of the road

Session 2 – Smart Bike Handling (in-class & on-bike)
Topics: handling basics, shifting gears, where to ride, infrastructure, crashes and hazards, night riding, rural riding

Session 3 – Smart Road Riding (outside/on-bike)
Topics: drive train maintenance, riding with a group, sharing paths and trails, inclement weather, night riding, rural riding, flat fixing

Participants may complete session 1 and 2 in any order but must complete both 1 & 2 before signing up for the final session 3.

Note: Upon completion of all three sessions a Smart Biking certificate will be awarded.

All sessions will meet at Bike Easy – 2100 O.C. Haley Blvd.

Tuesday, June 5th, 6-8pm (Session 1)
Wednesday, June 6th, 6-8pm (Session 2)
Saturday, June 9, 10am-2pm (Session 3)

Tuesday, June 19th, 6-8pm (Session 1)
Wednesday, June 20th, 6-8pm (Session 2)
Saturday, June 23rd, 10am-2pm (Session 3)

Smart Biking Registration Form

GiveNOLA Results for Bike Easy

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 9, 2018 in Events

GiveNOLA stats for 2018!

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GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to ignite the giving community in Southeast Louisiana. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.”

If you missed GiveNOLA Day this year, you can become a Member year-round to help make bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans!

May is Membership Month at Bike Easy! During May we highlight all the ways Members make our work possible. Find us on social media to follow along.

Voice Your Support for Complete Streets in Jefferson Parish

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 8, 2018 in Advocacy

Call the parish council to voice your support for passing a Complete Streets policy!

Jefferson Parish residents, we need you to speak up! Now is an important time to show you care about safe, accessible biking and walking. Please call 504-608-3461 or email to voice your support for the passing of a Complete Streets policy in Jefferson Parish! Phone call script below.

There is a growing culture of riding in Jefferson Parish. This is made especially evident by the hundreds of riders who show up to the Gretna social ride every Friday night with lights and music, the spandex-clad riders cruising the levee at dawn, and the families teaching their kids how to ride on the weekends. From the conversations we have with the bikers of Jefferson parish, however, there is room for improvement. It is nearly impossible to cross the Parish going from lake to river, with I-10 and train tracks as serious obstacles. The parish lacks any permanent fully safe and accessible on-road bike infrastructure, and bikers are forced to jostle for space on roads with high-speeded limits. Cities around Jefferson Parish are pursuing individual projects to improve safety for bikers, but we need to ensure that those projects are done within a larger vision that truly serves the needs of bikers.

Jefferson Parish should adopt a Complete Streets policy to make sure the parish prioritizes street designs that are safe for bikers of all ages and abilities, and creates walking, biking, and transit networks that connect us to our jobs, parks, schools, grocery stores, and churches. It would also ensure that the parish focuses on areas of greatest danger and those that have seen historic lack of investment to improve health equity and quality of life in the places that need it most. All councilmembers understand the need for better and safer bike infrastructure and many have pursued projects in their districts to install bike lanes and crosswalks. A Complete Streets policy would help unify these projects into a more cohesive vision and ensure that expectations and outcomes for each have a set of agreed upon standards and performance measures. This ensures that creating safe and accessible bike infrastructure is not left solely to the discretion of those in elected office, but is institutionalized within a parish department with the ability to plan long-term.

Over the past year, Bike Easy has been working to connect to the people, organizations, and businesses that support safe and accessible biking across Jefferson Parish. We’ve found that supporters and coalition members care about this cause for economic, health equity, quality-of-life, and environmental reasons, among many others. Currently, 23 organizations and businesses have signed on to Bike Easy’s letter of support for Complete Streets for Jefferson Parish and 679 parish residents, both Eastbank and Westbank, have signed a petition for the parish to pass such a policy.

Bike Easy and our members of the Jefferson Parish Complete Streets Coalition have been meeting regularly with the parish council to see how we can continue to make streets safe and accessible for bikers of all ages and abilities for generations to come. Our Complete Streets Ambassadors, as well as our partners at the American Heart Association, have discussed Complete Streets policy one-on-one with all five parish council-members and two at-large council-members. All have expressed support for safe and accessible biking across the parish, and Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken of District 5 has taken on a leading role as our policy champion. Councilwoman Van Vrancken invited Bike Easy to present on our Complete Streets for Health Equity report as well as our work across the region to the entire parish council a few months ago.

The parish has started to coordinate the process of updating their comprehensive plan, a major planning document that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development, and Bike Easy will work to ensure that complete streets are included in that plan. Prior to the comprehensive plan, however, we need to show broad support from Jefferson Parish residents to pass a Complete Streets policy. Councilmembers say they need to hear more from our supporters and partners, so let’s show them that we support safer and more accessible biking and walking!

Right now, Jefferson Parish residents are calling in to the parish council to voice their support for passing a complete streets policy that would prioritize street designs that are safe for bikers of all ages and abilities, and create walking, biking, and transit networks that connect us to our jobs, parks, schools, grocery stores, and churches. Please call 504-608-3461 to be connected directly to a councilmember and voice your support for passing a Complete Streets policy! All talking points are included in the beginning of the call, and you can find instructions and a script below.

Email a Parish Council Member now to urge them to pass a Complete Streets policy.

Phone call script.

Keith Holt Forward Together Mayoral Transition Report (Video)

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 7, 2018 in Advocacy

Keith Holt, Bike Easy’s Community Education Manager, discusses Bike Easy’s involvement in the Forward Together Mayoral Transition Report.

Keith Holt, Bike Easy’s Community Education Manager, discusses Bike Easy’s involvement in the Forward Together Mayoral Transition Report.
Monday, May 7th is inauguration day for New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell. Through her time as an advocate in Broadmoor and as New Orleans City Council Member for District B, she has consistently shown up to support the needs of people who bike and walk. Sign the petition asking her to update the Complete Streets policy for New Orleans.

Sign the petition to Mayor Cantrell—New Orleans needs a strong Complete Streets policy!

Posted by Robert Henig Bell on May 7, 2018 in Advocacy

Through her time as an advocate in Broadmoor and New Orleans City Councilmember, Latoya Cantrell has been a champion for the needs of people who bike and walk.

As she takes office, we’re excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. Now it’s up to us, the citizens of New Orleans, to keep speaking up for the future we want to see for ourselves and for the next generation.

Take a moment to sign Bike Easy’s petition welcoming Mayor Latoya Cantrell to office and asking her to update the Complete Streets policy for New Orleans — for improved safety, increased health equity, higher design standards, and added mobility options for every resident in our city.

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There’s reason to be hopeful. Keith Holt, Bike Easy Community Education Manager (pictured here, center), sat on the Cantrell transition subcommittee for transportation and recommended a series of ambitious, yet practical, actions to secure a future of safe, accessible biking for every resident of New Orleans. We’re thrilled with the biking and walking focused recommendations included in the Forward Together report –

  • Creating a Mayor’s Office of Transportation
  • Updating the City’s Complete Streets Policy
  • Creating a ‘Bikeway Blueprint’ – a comprehensive plan for a city-wide network of protected bikeways

These are wonderful recommendations! Now it’s up to us to push for these (and other) great ideas to become reality for a future of easy, safe, and fun biking for every resident of New Orleans. — Sign the petition today!

Weekly Update - May 7th (Video)

Posted by Heather Haylett on May 7, 2018 in Advocacy

Dan gives an update on the inauguration of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the Forward Together transition report.

Take a moment to sign Bike Easy’s petition welcoming Mayor Latoya Cantrell and asking her to update the Complete Streets policy for New Orleans — for improved safety, increased health equity, higher design standards, and added mobility options for every resident in our city.

Sign the petition here.

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