Bike Easy Awards
Three organizations and individuals receive special recognition from Bike Easy
At our 2015 Annual Party and Membership Meeting, we announced our annual Bike Easy Awards. Every year, there are individuals, businesses, and organizations that go above and beyond to improve bicycling in the New Orleans area, and, every year, we strive to honor those that have made the biggest contributions.
Friends of Lafitte Greenway won our classic Bike Easy Award. Normally the award is given to one individual, but this year, we wanted to recognize the incredible grassroots team whose hard work paid off this year with the opening of the Lafitte Greenway. From the current Executive Director, Sophie Harris, to founding Board President, Bart Everson, there are many, many people to appreciate for the establishment of the incredible 2.6-mile linear park that is a crucial connector in our bicycle network. Here’s a long, but certainly not exhaustive, list of folks Bike Easy would like to thank: Bart Everson, Daniel Samuels, Mark Venczel, Matt Rufo, Sam Spencer, Jeff Thomas, Erin Baker, Edgar Chase, Lake Douglas, Larry Lagarde, Linda Landesberg, Daniel Samuels, Leonetta Terrell, Janet Ward-Pease, Wendy Laker, Daniel Winkert, Annalisa Kelly, Mary Matthews, Emily Valentino, Andreanecia Morris, Clarence Becknell, Susannah Burley, Judith Dangerfield, Laila Fox, John Hopper, Eric Van Hoven, Antonia Keller, Jay Nix, Sam Spencer, Rev. Dr. Dwight Webster, and Jared Zeller. And congratulations to the current staff: Sophie Harris, Executive Director; Nellie Catzen, Community Health Program Coordinator; and Sydney Doyle, Development and Community Outreach Associate and Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA.
Entergy won the first-ever Community Partner Award! This new award honors an organization or business that is going above and beyond for making bicycling in Greater New Orleans easy, safe, and fun for everyone. In 2015, Entergy powered New Orleans Bike to Work Week and hosted the first annual Bike the Big Easy. Entergy’s partnership with the City of New Orleans and Louisiana Public Health Institute over the years was instrumental in hitting another milestone this year – 100 miles of bicycle facilities in New Orleans!
Jos Wolke won the Peter Duffy Bennett Policy Advocate Award for his years of volunteer work with the Bike Easy Policy Committee, including efforts to improve conditions for cyclists on the Mississippi River Trail. The Peter Duffy Bennett Policy Advocate Award is given annually to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to advocating for policies to ensure viable transportation choices for all who share New Orleans streets.
Congratulations to all the Bike Easy Award winners, and congratulations on all you’ve accomplished to improve bicycling in Greater New Orleans!