Bike Easy Plans for 2016

Posted by Dan Favre on February 2, 2016 in Bicycle Safety

Bike Easy has big plans for 2016, and we need your support!

Here at Bike Easy, we spent much of January planning and plotting our work for 2016. We’re excited to share our plans with you, and we’ll need your support to be successful. Please join as a Bike Easy Member or support as a Business Member or Sponsor today to help make bicycling in the Greater New Orleans area easy, fun, and safe for everyone in 2016!

Community Education & Safety

Bike Easy works to increase safety for all people on the roadways through community education. We teach people the rules of the road, skills to successfully ride in traffic, how to drive around all the new bike lanes in town, strategies for safely getting around on foot, and more. We empower others to be safety stewards and help spread these skills throughout the community.

In 2016, we plan to:

  • Conduct 75 community education events – includes in-school instruction, encouragement events & community rides, and safety workshops & outreach – with broad geographic distribution throughout the region
  • Reach at least 1,000 K-8 students at schools throughout region with biking and walking safety education
  • Train 10 new Bike Easy Instructors and continue supporting current Instructors to increase capacity for more regional bike safety education
  • Launch a “Light Up the Night” program
  • Support communications efforts to educate people who drive, bike, and walk on how to safely interact on the roadways

Advocacy & Organizing

Bike Easy works to make safe bicycling an integral part of life in Greater New Orleans and improve transportation access for all in our community through our advocacy and organizing efforts. From pushing for high-quality bike facilities at City Council meetings to training Ambassadors how to improve transportation options in their neighborhoods, Bike Easy focuses on building grassroots power to influence policy and budgeting for bicycling at the city, state, and federal level.

In 2016, we intend to improve the built environment for bicycling and create a favorable political environment for bicycling through:

  • Developing the Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors Program as a model for a future, larger Transportation Advocacy Leadership Training, and training the first 15 Ambassadors
  • Building relationships with local, regional, state, and federal elected officials and thought leaders to continue creating support for bicycling
  • Releasing a report on the state of bicycling in New Orleans and conducting an intensive public outreach process to develop a community blueprint for a better bike future
  • Continue pushing for a connected network of high-quality bicycle facilities throughout the region, especially on streets like St. Charles Ave, OC Haley Blvd, Hannan Blvd, Tulane Ave, General Meyer Ave, Williams Blvd, and more!

We’ll also be furthering on-going campaigns:

Specific policy initiatives and campaigns are developed and implemented through our Advocacy Committee. The Advocacy Committee is open to any and all who are interested in better bicycling for the region, and meetings occur at the Bike Easy offices, 2100 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, the 4th Wednesday of every month. For more information on the Advocacy Committee, email me at dan@bikeeasy.org.

Encouragement & Events

The bicycle culture is alive and well in Greater New Orleans, and getting more people to ride helps improve safety, normalizes the activity, and make riding more fun! At Bike Easy, we love to help people get riding, and sometimes all it takes is a little encouragement. From supporting our friends that organize regular rides in the region to conducting our signature Bicycle Second Lines and Bike to Work Week, we help inspire people to dust off their bikes and get in the saddle!

In 2016, we’ll be hosting some great events:

  • Bike to Work Week, April 11 – 18
  • Spring Bicycle Second Line, May 22
  • Buffalo Soldier Rides, June 25-26
  • Fall Bicycle Second Line, October TBD
  • Annual Party & Membership Meeting, December TBD
  • Decadent Bike & Dine, Fall TBD
  • Regular Member Gatherings

And we’ll be supporting the bicycle culture and people who ride by:

Membership & Sponsorship

Of course, to successfully implement these great programs and achieve our advocacy goals, we’ll need your support! We’ve revamped and relaunched our Business Membership and Member Discount Program for businesses who want to help build our ability to make biking better while attracting more customers and community support. There are General Sponsorship and Event Sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals to underwrite our valuable programming and encouragement work to get more folks riding while building visibility for their brand and business.

Our Membership Program for Individual, Couples, and Family Members is also being updated. New and renewing Bike Easy Members will receive Acknowledgement letters and Member Cards within, at most, one month of their donation. We’ll be holding quarterly Member Gatherings to bring together the great community of Bike Easy supporters. And, as the Member Discount Program grows, there will be more and more businesses around town that offer discounts to card-carrying Bike Easy Members!

Communications

In 2016, Bike Easy is also dedicated to staying in better touch! Look out for monthly email newsletter around mid-month and an Events Announcement towards the beginning of the every month. And there will be the occasional Action Alert or Special Announcement.

We’ll also be working to be more active and responsive on social media. Look for us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the following hashtags:

  • #nolabybike
  • #nolabikeways
  • #nolabikeparking
  • #nolapeopleonbikes
  • and more!

New Orleans People on Bikes, which just launched, is a project that features photos of the various individuals that ride bikes around New Orleans. The moms, doctors, dishwashers, uncles, teachers, daughters, and all the diverse people we see around town on bicycles. At the end of the day, we’re all people on the roads, whether walking, biking, or driving . . . we’re people with hopes and ambitions, friends and family, and bright futures that are trying to get to our destinations safely and conveniently. This project serves as a reminder of that basic humanity, and we hope it will help encourage more people to ride!

Everyone at Bike Easy is excited for 2016, and we hope you’re excited to join us on the ride to make bicycling in the Greater New Orleans area easy, fun, and safe for everyone.

Please join as a Member today!

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