Increase Access - Increase Ridership

Posted by Virginia Brisley on April 3, 2018 in Advocacy, Bicycle Safety

Efforts to increase safety, ridership and access to bikes in the Lower 9th Ward

Last year, Bike Easy had the pleasure to table at a Movin 4 Life event at Oliver Bush Playground. At the event, neighbors shared stories about riding their bikes and organizations promoted healthy lifestyles. We made connections with partners to benefit our shared vision for getting more people riding bikes and being healthy. We’ve continued to expand our dialogue around getting around by bike and we are working together to increase access to bikes, tools, and accommodations for people riding.

Royliene Johnson from Caffin Ave Seventh Day Adventist Church is a champion for getting people on bikes. Immediately recognizing that access to bikes is a limiting factors for some neighbors, Royliene secured a donation of 40 bikes from Tulane University. She sees biking as a great way to be active and with her support Caffin Ave SDA aims to have a bike lending program for neighbors. To celebrate and support these efforts, RUBARB volunteers, Dashing Bicycles and the Bike Easy support team will be leading a Bike Clinic for neighbors in the Lower 9th Ward on Sunday, April 8 from 2-4pm at 1029 Caffin Ave.

Martin Luther King Jr Library is a champion for safe riding and bike tool access. Public libraries across the city will roll out a bike lock lending program and MLK Library will have a FixIt Station installed in May for public use to repair, air up, or adjust your bike. Working with Head Librarian, Mary Abler, Bike Easy will offer a how-to workshop at the FixIt station in May!

Also, Sankofa Market is a champion working toward access to bike parking for people who ride to the market. There is certainly so much more momentum to support people on bikes in the Lower 9th Ward and across the entire region. Bike Easy applauds and aims to support all efforts for improving access to bikes and improving safety for all riders.

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