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Spoketacular 2019

Posted by David Meza on September 18, 2019 in Events

Join us in celebrating 16 years of Bike Easy!

To celebrate 16 years of making bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans, Bike Easy is throwing an epic Sweet 16 party at Seven Three Distilling Company (301 N. Claiborne Ave) on Friday, September 27 from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm and we want you there! Purchase your tickets today.

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The VIB (Very Important Bicyclists) Party will feature a caviar station and cheese board from St. James Cheese Company, savory snacks from the Pelican Club and Apolline as well as a selection from private chefs Glen Hogh and Tunde Wey. As the General Admission guests arrive additional food stations from Big Boys BBQ, Dooky Chase’s, Josephine Estelle and more will open up. The Late Night Party guests will be treated to an assortment of sweet treats including Abita Root Beer floats and (pizza) pie from Reginelli’s Pizzaria.

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Tickets can be purchased online HERE or by calling 504.861.4022.

We also need plenty of volunteers! You can SIGN UP FOR A SHIFT and when you are done, enjoy the party!

Let’s Move Forward

Posted by Dan Favre on September 17, 2019 in Advocacy

Learn more about the campaign at http://www.nolacompletestreets.org

As you may have already seen on a billboard or heard on the radio, the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition has launched the “Let’s Move Forward” campaign! The effort is designed to educate people about the benefits – from health and equity to economy and quality-of-life – of streets built to share that are safe for everyone, no matter how they travel.

To learn more about the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition and its work to improve safety, equity, and accessibility in neighborhoods throughout New Orleans, visit www.nolacompletestreets.org and sign up for email updates.

Then, please join Complete Streets Coalition members, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, Councilmember Kristin Palmer, and Algiers businesses at the “Let’s Move Forward Algiers!” community campaign kickoff event.

Let’s Move Forward Algiers – Community Campaign Kickoff
Saturday, September 28 from 10am to 2:30pm
Behrman Memorial Park, 2529 General Meyer Ave

This is a fun day of activities for everyone to see the many changes underway to improve biking, walking, and transportation coming to Algiers and New Orleans — improvements like low-stress bikeways, expanded and improved pedestrian crosswalks, and a reimagined transit system. Activities include:

  • Walking and biking tours of coming street improvements as part of the General Meyer Complete Streets Renovation, the Moving New Orleans Bikes initiative, and potential transit improvements as envisioned in the New Links: Reimaging Transit initiative
  • History of Algiers exhibit as part of NOLA 300 – Walking tour alongside other information
  • Delicious and healthy food and drinks from local Algiers restaurant and caterers
  • Battle of the Bands with $500 awarded to benefit a local school
  • Free fitness classes featuring beginner and intermediate workouts in the morning and afternoon
  • Kids bike rodeo and tots’ races where kids from 3 to 12 learn and improve biking skills
  • Along with giveaways, face-painting, and other opportunities to see and learn of coming biking, walking, transit improvements in Algiers and ways to get involved!!

Bike Easy has been a long-time leader in the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition, and I’m so proud of the work that Coalition members and supporters have done to build momentum for Complete Streets – streets that are built to share with crosswalks, bus shelters, protected bike lanes, traffic calming, and efficient signalization.

Sign up at www.nolacompletestreets.org to keep up with the Coalition!

We’re excited to support Mayor Cantrell and the City as they implement important infrastructure improvements to promote safe and equitable transportation. With efforts like #fairshare infrastructure improvements, the New Links transit reimagining process, and updating Complete Streets policy, things are well underway.

And, of course, at Bike Easy, we’re thrilled about Moving New Orleans Bikes, the City’s effort to rapidly design and build a connected and protected network of bikeways that can help solve mobility challenges for all people – even those who never ride. Good bike infrastructure doesn’t leave bike riders, motorists or pedestrians to navigate incomplete connections that force everyone into unsafe and confusing situations. Everyone can get where they are going with the greatest safety and the least amount of hassle because the traffic flow needs of all are met through careful planning and smart construction.

Everyone in Greater New Orleans deserves to have the ability to get around easily, safely, and affordably. Increasing safe and accessible transportation options can help our region make progress on the big issues we’re facing – public health, equity, job access & economic development, and quality-of-life!

Please join the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition movement, and let’s move forward with more safety and less stress!

August Newsletter

Posted by Heather Haylett on August 22, 2019 in Advocacy, Bicycle Safety , Events, Membership

Bike Easy News and Events

August 22nd, 2019

ALGIERS PRELIMINARY DESIGN MEETINGS 

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and the Department of Public Works invite Algiers residents to review preliminary designs on the proposed expanded bikeway network in their neighborhood with meetings on Thursday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 28. Come out to show your support for better mobility and to make sure the developing plans work for your neighborhood!

Meeting Information

Thursday, Aug. 22
6 p.m.-7 p.m.
University of Holy Cross (4123 Woodland Drive)

Wednesday, Aug. 28
6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Arthur Monday Multi-Service Center (1111 Newton St.)

More meeting information here.

SPOKETACULAR SWEET 16

Tickets are on sale now for Bike Easy’s 16th Anniversary Fundraiser! Friday, September 27th Seven Three Distilling Co. will be transformed into a candy land to celebrate the sweet successes for the Greater New Orleans bicycling community and to raise funds for many more victories to come.

Buy Spoketacular Tickets!

COMPLETE STREETS AMBASSADOR TRAINING

Biking and walking improvements will be successful when our friends and neighbors understand the benefits they bring. Help us make that happen by signing up as a Complete Streets Ambassador! Work with the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition to spread the word, educate the public, and enlist supporters in making biking, walking, and more equitable transportation accessible across our communities.

Upcoming Ambassador Trainings:

  • Thursday, September 5th – 5pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, September 7th – 10am – 1pm

Both training sessions will take place at Greater New Orleans Foundation – Center for Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Ave.

Register for Ambassador training

TEACHER TRAFFIC SKILLS TRAINING

On Saturday, September 14, Bike Easy will teach basic bike and pedestrian safety education for teachers. Safe Routes to School P.E. Teacher Traffic Skills Training focuses on teaching elementary and middle school students. The workshop will be taught by Bike Easy instructors who are certified League of American Bicyclist Cycling Instructors.

This class is free and reserved for educators.

Register for Teacher Training

JOIN THE COMPLETE STREETS COALITION

The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition is a group of organizations, businesses, civic leaders, and community members who support improving our roadways and safe transportation options in order to enhance health, equity, sustainability, prosperity, and quality-of-life for the people of Greater New Orleans.

Join the Complete Streets Coalition

BECOME A BIKE EASY MEMBER!

Bike Easy Membership shows your belief in a future where people of all ages and abilities can bike, walk, and ride transit safely, whoever they are and wherever they live! 

Bike Easy Memberships can be renewed annually, or you can maximize your impact by making small, automatic monthly donations as a Sustaining Member.

Become a Member!

NEW LINKS PUBLIC MEETING

New Links is a yearlong project to study and develop a plan to redesign the public transportation network in Greater New Orleans. The Regional Planning Commission will explain the network redesign process, discuss service trade-offs, and gather feedback from the public at a public meeting Thursday, August 22 6 pm – 7:30 pm at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation (1205 N Rampart St, New Orleans 70116).

Be an Ambassador for Complete Streets and Low-Stress Biking

Posted by Heather Haylett on August 18, 2019 in Advocacy

Sign up as a Complete Streets Ambassador for Fall 2019

With news swirling around us every day, it’s worth pausing a moment and settling your mind on this fact: New Orleans is now committed to a future of safe biking and improved mobility options for every resident in Orleans Parish. Mayor Cantrell’s new Office of Transportation is busy moving forward to make that vision a reality beginning this year! Low-stress biking and walking improvements, featuring greater protection and connections to popular destinations, will begin installation later this year and throughout 2020.

Sign up as a Complete Streets Ambassador for Fall 2019

As great as this news is, these new biking and walking improvements will only be a success if our friends and neighbors understand the benefits they bring. Help us make that happen by signing up as a Complete Streets Ambassador! Work with Bike Easy and the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition to spread the word, educate the public, and enlist supporters in making biking, walking, and more equitable transportation accessible across our communities.

Ambassadors contribute 2-3 hours a week for 3 months to build grassroots support for better biking/walking infrastructure and Complete Streets. The program begins with a training in advocacy skills, messaging, and a briefing on the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition’s ‘Let’s Move Forward!’ campaign.

Upcoming ambassador trainings:

  • Thursday, September 5th – 5pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, September 7th – 10am – 1pm

Sign up today to get involved as a Complete Streets Ambassador!

And if you haven’t already, please visit nola.gov/movingneworleans to take a look at the proposed city-wide low-stress bikeway network, and while you’re there please provide your feedback.

Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA End of Year Report

Posted by Heather Haylett on August 13, 2019 in Membership

Project Progress Report for Bike Easy

Bike Easy is a Community AmeriCorps VISTA Partner with Tulane University Center for Public Service. AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that aims to reduce poverty in the United States.

Bike Easy VISTA Assignment Objectives and Member Activites

  • Communications – Develop the Bike Easy communications program to better reach the campus and local communities in order to promote Bike Easy educational, encouragement, and advocacy efforts to improve mobility options for low-income communities in Greater New Orleans that increase economic opportunity, public health, environmental sustainability, and social equity.
  • Membership – The AmeriCorps VISTA will develop the capacity for Bike Easy by expanding the Membership Program database, tracking, and communications systems to raise funds and demonstrated public support for Bike Easy’s mission and programs to improve equity, move people out of poverty, and address issues faced by people in low-wealth communities.
  • Volunteer Management – Organize and manage a volunteer program to engage members of the campus and local communities in various levels of leadership in order to build capacity for Bike Easy programs that improve health and economic equity for Greater New Orleans residents through better biking.

Summary of Bike Easy VISTA End of Year Report for August 2018 – August 2019

Member Development in Hours

Community Outreach — 528
Community Volunteer Generation/Recruitment — 200
Effective Volunteer Management — 200
Resource Development/Fundraising — 600
Organizational Development — 60
Performance Measures — 72
Tracking Systems — 528
Information Technology — 528
Developing On-Site Orientations and Training Plans — 80

Demographic Information

Number of community volunteers recruited during the reporting period — 125
Number of community volunteers managed during the reporting period — 80
Number of Service Hours performed by Community Volunteers who were recruited — 1,100
Number of Service Hours performed by Community Volunteers who were managed — 200
Dollar value of cash resources leveraged during the reporting period — $22,173

The bulk of Bike Easy’s AmeriCorps VISTA resource development work resides with the Membership program. There were five community events that acted as membership drives as well as general Bike Easy Membership recruitment. In 2018 we held our first annual fundraiser to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Bike Easy, titled Spoketacular. During the promotion for the Spoketacular we encouraged people to become Members in addition to their ticket purchase. The Spoketacular brought in $5,078 in ticket sales.

Our end of year membership campaign ran during the month of December and raised $2,635 through emails, phone banking, and our end of year Membership Party. In May Bike Easy has three events that encourage membership and donations, GiveNOLA Day, May is Membership Month, and the Bicycle Second Line. GiveNOLA Day raised $19,061 through 201 Donors (121 New or Renewing Members), the Bicycle Second Line brough in $3,400 with 96 New or Renewing Members, and Membership Month surpassed our goals with 84 new or renewing members. Membership donations to Bike Easy are used for general funding.

The strategies for recruiting and managing volunteers has been an ongoing project for the Bike Easy VISTA. Bike Easy uses NationBuilder to collect and house constituent data. The program uses paths and steps. The volunteer process is as follows: constituent signs up to volunteer through the Bike Easy website and is automatically put on a NationBuilder path —> the AmeriCorps VISTA then has a list of people to call each week to welcome them as a volunteer and alert them to current opportunities. The person is then moved to the next step which is a volunteer pool email list. This list is used to recruit interested volunteers to help at Bike Easy events. This task will continue to be a responsibility of the third year VISTA.

Volunteers were recruited and managed for in-office help (mailings, database management) and various pop-up protected bikeways such as Connect the Crescent a 3-month demonstration including a service day with Tulane CPS AmeriCorps VISTAs.

Other accomplishments include the growth of Bike Easy’s social media with consistency and increased awareness for the need for better biking in Greater New Orleans. Staff members have noted that volunteers or event attendees were made aware of Bike Easy activities through social media posts. The AmeriCorps VISTA was able to segment the email list increasing the open rate from an average of 9% to 17%.

Bikeway Network Will Bring Benefits to All People on the Roads

Posted by Heather Haylett on August 9, 2019 in Advocacy

New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition praises draft of bikeway network blueprint for promise of safety, equity, and connectivity

Media Contacts:
Julie Erskin
504.513.2557
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Bikeway Network Will Bring Benefits to All People on the Roads

Just released draft of bikeway network blueprint promises safety, equity, and connectivity

NEW ORLEANS – Last night, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s Office of Transportation and Department of Public Works released a draft of the proposed city-wide bikeway network. The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition and a variety of road users from the Greater New Orleans area praised the carefully planned blueprint for the improvements it will bring to all people – whether driving, biking, riding transit, or walking. In conjunction with other transportation efforts underway, the City of New Orleans and its partners are moving forward with major improvements to safety, equity, and quality of life.

Leaders of The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition from organizations such as Bike Easy, Ride New Orleans, GirlTrek and the American Heart Association New Orleans have been working closely with the Office of Transportation to gather community input on this topic, and are excited about how these plans are coming together and what this means for the future of mobility in New Orleans.

“Good bike infrastructure benefits everyone, even if they never ride a bike. By implementing the connected, protected, and low-stress bikeway network vision released yesterday, biking will become safer and more accessible and driving around people biking will become easier and clearer,” said Dan Favre, Executive Director of Bike Easy, “This blueprint represents a lot of careful planning and hard work by the Mayor and many people in City Hall, and it incorporates an enormous amount of community input. We are thrilled with the result and are excited to support every step of moving forward to get it built.”

“This is exciting news and great timing as we are simultaneously undergoing a similar planning process called New Links that intends to reimagine the regional transit network,” explained Alex Posorske, Executive Director of Ride New Orleans, the regional transit advocacy organization, “In tandem, these joint efforts can maximize mobility options providing safer, faster, and more equitable access that will better connect people to jobs, school, the doctor’s office, and all the other places people need to go. These are positive steps that will transform transportation in the Greater New Orleans region.”

“All communities are dependent on transportation. For our businesses in Algiers to thrive, we need safe, convenient access to and from our residential communities. Bikes are the transportation of choice for a large and growing number of our residents, especially kids and families, and for that reason, AEDF is excited about Mayor Cantrell’s plan to expand safe biking in Algiers and across New Orleans,” said Derrick Martin, Executive Director of the Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

“At GirlTrek we are mobilizing Black women to move; we walk, we bike, we run, and we are focused on living longer and healthier lives. We feel strongly that we should be able to step right out of our front doors and walk safely in the streets. So, we are thrilled to see the bike network plan because streets that are safer for people who bike are also safer for people who are walking whether to get to work, play or for health reasons,” stated Onika Jervis, National Director of Neighborhood Expansion for GirlTrek.

Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, Board Chair for the American Heart Association New Orleans adds, “The American Heart Association is a firm believer in streets built to share. Everyone deserves well-maintained roads, sidewalks, and paths for physical activities. A comprehensive policy and concerted efforts to this end will promote healthier lifestyles, foster more livable communities and improve public safety.”

Details of the network blueprint, the process of developing it, and a form for your feedback can be found at https://nola.gov/transportation/moving-new-orleans-bikes/

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About The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition
The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition is a group of organizations, businesses, civic leaders and community members who support improving our roadways and safe transportation options in order to enhance health, equity, sustainability, prosperity and quality of life for the people of New Orleans. Learn more at http://www.bikeeasy.org/advocacy/new-orleans-complete-streets-coalition

Become a League Cycling Instructor

Posted by Heather Haylett on August 8, 2019 in Bicycle Safety

Get certified with Bike Easy!

As we’re seeing an unprecedented amount of bikeway expansion in the city this year, education around safe biking and how to share the roadways is more important than ever. By becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), you will gain the skills and knowledge to help New Orleans become a safer bicycling community and help Bike Easy educate Greater New Orleans about bike safety.

What is a League Cycling Instructor?

League Cycling Instructor are certified by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) to teach Smart Cycling classes to children and adults. The goal of an LCI is to help people feel more secure about getting on a bike, create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally. LCIs with Bike Easy will also learn how to educate drivers safely sharing the road with people biking and walking as part of our People Friendly Driving Program.

LCIs are members of the LAB and must complete an intense and comprehensive 3-day seminar training. Certified instructors are active within the bicycling community and are covered by the League’s liability insurance.

Working with Bike Easy

To become a paid Bike Easy Instructor at our events, individuals must be certified as an LCI. The national certification is obtained by completing the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) cycling curriculum. The curriculum includes a 9-hour training called Smart Biking and a three-day LCI Seminar. Certified instructors are required to keep their membership and certifications current with the LAB by maintaining minimum teaching requirements (i.e. using your certification to teach bike safety!). Bike Easy Instructors also attend one professional development session with Bike Easy each year and receive extra training and support to best apply their bicycle education skills to our work in the Greater New Orleans area.

Become LCI Certified

Bike Easy will host Smart Biking classes August 21, 22 and 24. Smart Biking will help you ride safely and effectively — to work, to the store, around your neighborhood or around the state. The course covers bike selection, simple maintenance, fixing a flat, and strategies for riding a bike safely and confidently. Smart Biking is taught in three sessions and is comprised of four hours in-class and five hours on bike including parking lot drills and a ride on city streets.

  • Session 1 — August 21 — 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Session 2 — August 22 — 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Session 3 — August 24 — 11 – 4 pm

Register for Smart Biking here.

Completion of all sessions of Smart Biking is mandatory to be eligible for the LCI Seminar.

League Cycling Instructor Certification Seminar

The LCI Certification Seminar will be hosted at the Bike Easy office at 2100 OC Haley Blvd September 27th – 29th. The program is an in-depth instructor training in bicycle safety which includes group riding practice, traffic safety training, as well as educational materials for future instruction. These trainings are typically offered at cost to individuals but Bike Easy is able to provide this opportunity to the public with generous support and funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

For more information about these Bike Easy trainings and other educational opportunities, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Say yes to low-stress biking in New Orleans

Posted by Heather Haylett on August 7, 2019 in Advocacy

Attend a city-wide meeting Thursday, August 8th.

At the first two of three presentations, we’ve had the chance to look over the City’s plans to bring safe, accessible biking to every part of our city, and I can tell you: there’s ample reason to be excited for what’s coming to New Orleans!

Now’s your chance to see for yourself and show your support for improved mobility options. Please let us know if you can join us Thursday, 6-730pm at the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library!

Come check out the ambitious blueprint to reach every neighborhood with protected bike lanes and bike boulevards! Learn what went into the proposed network and how the City processed traffic, crash, and other data alongside your invaluable input as residents and commuters. Join us this Thursday to provide additional feedback to the City and learn how to get involved with Bike Easy and the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition’s efforts to continue to enlist support throughout the broader community.

RSVP to let us know you’ll be there!

This is a really big deal for everyone’s safety and peace of mind as we travel the city. Come show your support for Mayor Cantrell and her team’s commitment to moving New Orleans forward.

Use Bike Law as your go-to biking resource

Posted by Heather Haylett on August 6, 2019 in Bicycle Safety

A blog from our friends at Bike Law Louisiana

Make us your biking resource.

Recently, we’ve been fielding lots of questions about issues encountered while riding. What if the driver that hit me left the scene? Who’s responsible for paying my medical bills? How much fault be assigned to me if I’m doored? I was harassed and caught the license plate of the offending vehicle. Can I do something?

Our Bike Law blog is a resource that spans the wide spectrum of biking. It’s comprised of articles and posts written by the best attorneys and legal advocates across the country who focus on protecting and representing bicyclists. Check it out for both riding and legal tips.

A notable topic of interest includes what steps to take if you’ve been in a crash. Check out this conversation with our friends Bob Mionske (former Olympian, U.S. National Champion, and Bike Law Oregon attorney) and Bruce Hagen (Bike Law Georgia attorney and law partner of Joey Rosskopf’s dad) for a full discussion on this point.

We deal with issues like these everyday and are glad to shed light on any questions that you actually (or hypothetically) have.That’s why we’re here. Just drop me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and follow us on social media (badges below) for regular updates.

  • Bike Easy is hosting its annual member party on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Seven Three Distilling. Great food and even better company. If you’re a Bike Law client, your entry is on us (email me for a ticket). Otherwise, tickets are available at Bike Easy’s page for this event.

Bicyclist Bonus Ticket Sale Spoketacular Sweet 16 tickets presented by Entergy!

Posted by Heather Haylett on August 5, 2019 in Events

Available August 1st - 10th

For the last 16 years, Bike Easy has worked hard to make bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans and we want to celebrate our sweet success with the entire bicycling community! For 10 hot days, you can take advantage of the Bicyclist Bonus Sale on Spoketacular Sweet 16 tickets presented by Entergy.

From August 1st -10th general admission tickets to Bike Easy’s fundraising event, the Spoketacular Sweet 16 presented by Entergy are only $40! After August 10th the price goes up and won’t come back down. Don’t miss out!

Buy Your Discounted Spoketacular Ticket!

The event will feature specialty drinks from Seven Three Distilling, beer from Abita, wine, food from great local restaurants, live music, a silent auction and more! Details are coming together, so check out event on Facebook for updates.

Sponsorships and VIB (Very Important Biker) tables are selling fast! Contact Ashley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more details.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

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