The 2016 Bike Easy Award Winners!
Congratulations to the 2016 Bike Easy Award winners!
Last Thursday, December 15, the Bike Easy Annual Member Party gathered together Bike Easy members to celebrate our accomplishments, plot for next year, and to bestow awards and appreciation to some of our movements greatest contributors.
Louisiana Highway Safety Commission
Bike Easy Community Partner Award
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission administers the State’s highway safety grant program designed to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting deaths, injuries, and property damage. Entering our third year of partnership, Bike Easy and the Commission have been working together to bring biking and walking safety skills to diverse audiences throughout the region. Support from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission makes much of our community safety education work possible, and we are pleased to show our appreciation with the Community Partner Award!
Redmellon Restoration and Development
Bike Easy Community Partner Award
Bike Easy staff see the Redmellon staff everyday – we share an office space! The Bike Easy (and RIDE New Orleans) office space on OC Haley is donated for our use by Redmellon Restoration and Development, a mission-driven real estate company. Their commitment to neighborhoods that are walkable and bikeable is on display everyday with the Bike Easy signs on their building and our busy staff within its walls. Their generous contribution of office space has allowed us to focus crucial unrestricted funds to growing the organization rather than on rent, and we’re lucky to regularly interact with their friendly, supportive staff! Redmellon is a fantastic Community Partner.
Tyronne Smith, Sr.
Bike Easy Volunteer of the Year Award
Tyronne has been riding his bike all over New Orleans for decades, and in recent years, he’s been a fixture on the NOLA Social Ride scene. As Tyronne became much more interested in making biking safe for everyone, he was searching for the right way to make an impact – and we’re glad he found Bike Easy! Tyronne was a member of the pilot cohort of the Claiborne Corridor Ambassador Program that culminated in the Safe-Tea on the Greenway event. And he’s been helping Bike Easy with all sorts of events and safety education work ever since and has leant us his truck more times than we can count. It’s clear that he is the 2016 Volunteer of the Year!
Peter Duffy Bennett Policy Advocate Award
As Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans from 2010-2016, Andy was a strong voice for bicycling inside City Hall. During his years serving in the Landrieu Administration, New Orleans saw a huge increase in bicycling and bikeways. From fighting hard for the Baronne Street bike lane to helping usher in bike share for New Orleans, Andy was right in the middle of making many of the recent biking achievements possible. While we were sad to see this avowed “bicycle-partisan” leave City Hall, we’re thrilled to be able to continue working with him to improve the region in his new role as CEO and President of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. For all he’s done and all the positive change he’ll continue to create, Andy Kopplin receives the 2016 Peter Duffy Bennett Policy Advocate Award!
Dr. Jill Murray
Bike Easy Award
This year’s Bike Easy Award goes to Dr. Jill Murray for her incredible contributions to the organization during her four years on the Board of Directors. After a stint as Treasurer, Jill has been President of the Board of Directors for the last two years. She has helped guide the organization through incredible growth, some tough times, and big achievements. During her tenure, Bike Easy has doubled its budget and staff, diversified and professionalized its board, and established new educational and advocacy programs. Jill has devoted countless hours and tremendous energy to the organization and the people that comprise it, and for that, there is no one more deserving of the Bike Easy Award!