Pedal + Crank Dat

Posted by Virginia Brisley on July 11, 2016 in Advocacy, Bicycle Safety

Pedal + Crank Dat is Bike Easy’s 2016 youth cohort of safety ambassadors

At Bike Easy we are dedicated to elevating the voices of young people in our community to help make transportation safe and easy for everyone in New Orleans. With generous funding from the Wisner Foundation, the 2016 youth ambassador cohort established a name and mission statement. Pedal + Crank Dat comprised of eight teens is working to ‘keep bikers safe in everyway.’ Their slogan is “Lets not fight – Lets just Bike Easy.”

Bike Easy’s youth ambassador project aims to employ, train, and activate 16 – 20 year olds to make bike riding better and safer for everyone in New Orleans. Throughout the course of the 6-week program, participants explore community-based strategies for safety campaigns to enable people to make informed decisions about bike safety while exploring their city by bicycle. The first three weeks have included bike rides to City Park, Audubon Park, and the Lafitte Greenway as well as meetings at the Main Library and Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center.

Discussing pertinent challenges they face while riding bikes, Pedal + Crank Dat focused on these specific areas about which they will promote public awareness:
• Riding with lights and being visible at night
• Riding distraction-free
• Riding in the same direction with traffic
• Looking both ways at intersections
• Keep your chain tight and lubricated

In the following three weeks, the group will plan several events with the intent to spread these safety messages. Aiming to inform the public and especially their peers, Pedal + Crank Dat will be featured and share their work at Keller Library on July 22 at 2pm and the Main Branch Library on July 28 at 5pm as part of the Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. Come out and support New Orleans youth working to make biking easy!

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