Fall Ambassadors Ready to Push for Complete Streets
Three of our new Complete Streets Ambassadors share their stories
My name is Michelle O’Flynn and 16 years ago I lost my eyesight. After a few frustrating years of relying on other people to transport me I got my first bike. This commuter bicycle gave me freedom to get places when I wanted and needed to. I want to see Jefferson parish with complete streets because I ride on the streets every day and I would like to do it safer. One thing I would really like to see is a safe way for people on bicycles to cross the train tracks in Jefferson Parish.
Renard Bridgewater is a native New Orleanian and graduate of both Holy Cross High School and the University of New Orleans. As the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), Renard works to disseminate info and advocate for the city’s musicians, performers and cultural practitioners at the intersection of policy change and positive economic impact. As a tenured veteran in the city’s Hip-Hop community (performing under the moniker Slangston Hughes) and previous participant in Sweet Home New Orleans’ Accessing Artist Revenue Streams course, he has a passion for live music and artist empowerment, and continues to pass on the knowledge he has gained to help empower his peers. This is utilized in his Uniquity (yoo-knik-wi-tee) Music imprint, which provides a performance platform for regional/touring bands and local Hip-Hop, R&B and Spoken Word artists, as well as providing music publishing for local artists and facilitating workshops that cultivate professional development in the music industry.
Suzanne Cole moved to New Orleans with a bike and a dream of year-round riding in 2010 after freezing through too many Pennsylvania winters. As a resident of Central City, Suzanne is a bike-and-bus commuter and loves living the car-free lifestyle. Suzanne pays the bills by working as a line cook and spends evenings taking classes towards their masters at the University of New Orleans. Living in Central City and working in the service industry has given Suzanne a lot of bicycle connections. Knowing so many folks who rely on their own two wheels lit their passion for safer streets, more reliable transit options, and good access to repair services. Suzanne is passionate about bike education that is affirming and comfortable, especially for women, queer folks, and people without traditional access to formal education. Long term, Suzanne has a vision of a world where bikers aren’t fighting for a piece of the streets. — They ride a 2012 Globe Work while fixing up a 1972 Danleigh Deluxe they inherited from their dad.