Biking to Work 2017
Our region-wide Bike to Work Day grows every year!
April is synonymous with festival season in New Orleans and the best way to bring in the season is to celebrate riding your bike when you’re not festing, but going to work! This year’s annual Bike to Work Day on April 12 was another huge success showing our collective strength in numbers and demonstrating why New Orleans is in the top 10 American cities for bike commuting.
Over 100 bike riders gathered in Lafayette Square on the morning of April 12. Bike trains crossed town (or the river) to meet at the Sq for bagels provided by Stein’s Deli, snacks by Whole Foods, hot coffee from French Truck Coffee, and iced coffee from Rouler.
We heard from Councilmembers Guidry, Brossett, and Cantrell about the importance of biking as transportation tool for all riders. We also heard from Social Bicycles about the bike share program launching in Fall 2017 which will expand transportation options for residents of the region. Additionally tons of free swag were distributed to riders by sponsoring organizations: Entergy, GE Digital, Bike Law, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Energy Wise, TRAIL, and Adam’s Bicycle World.
Bike to Work Day 2017 also marked the launch of our month long Bike Easy Challenge which is currently running now through May 12! The Challenge gives extra points to riders for bike commuting, so everyone at the Sq that morning got 50 points for riding to work!
A huge thanks goes to our event & food sponsors as well as meet up location hosts: Royal Blend Coffee & Tea in Metairie; Hey! Cafe on Magazine St; Daddy’s Donuts in Gentilly; The New Movement on St Claude; and Dashing Bicycles. We also heard from folks at the Grow Dat Youth Farm, US Army Corps of Engineers, and various elementary schools that weren’t able to join us at Lafayette Sq but were holding celebrations at their work sites for bike commuters!
Looking forward to Bike to Work Day 2018!