Bike Easy updates and upcoming events.
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Happy summer! Things are moving fast at Bike Easy these days with so many great projects, classes, and advocacy efforts that it’s hard to keep up (even for us, hence our July newsletter on Aug 1). In this newsletter, we capture the highlights for you and provide ample opportunities to get involved in the movement for mobility!
If you’re looking for a safety education class, we’ve got great options coming up for people who bike and for people who drive, and we’ve been hard at work training teachers and bus drivers. In New Orleans, there is great momentum for Complete Streets both from City Council and Mayor Cantrell’s administration, and you can easily weigh in to show the depth of public support. We had a fantastic weekend installing mural crosswalks and a pop-up rain garden for our Gentilly Crossings demonstration, and you can sign up to volunteer for our next, huge pop-up project, Connect the Crescent. Thanks for all you do! – Dan
SPEAK UP FOR COMPLETE STREETS
On Thursday, July 26th City Councilmembers unanimously passed a resolution to support Mayor Cantrell’s efforts to implement an improved Complete Streets policy! Mayor Cantrell has laid out plans for a policy update in her Forward Together Transition Report, and we’re excited the City Council is fully on board.
This is a great step, but it’s not yet a full victory for the people who bike, walk, and ride transit in New Orleans. Speak up for safe and accessible transportation options for New Orleans residents by calling Mayor Cantrell to support her work in creating Complete Streets for New Orleans!
Bike Easy, Urban Conservancy, Small Center at Tulane University, and many other partners and volunteers installed temporary street additions to improve safety and livability in Gentilly. The efforts to calm traffic and improve safety include high-visibility and mural crosswalks, curb extending bumpouts, and vertical flex-posts to better protect people walking across the street. There’s also a demonstration rain garden!
You can find these installations at Elysian Fields at Mirabeau Avenue and Saint Anthony at Mirabeau. Campaign Manager, Rob Bell, gives a breakdown in this video, and you can check out lots of photos on our social media.
BIKE EASY MEMBERSHIP!
Bike Easy Membership is a powerful tool to show that you believe in an equitable and safe biking network in Greater New Orleans and gives us the demonstrable political support to make an impact!
Support our work by renewing your Bike Easy Membership today!
WALK/BIKE FRIENDLY DRIVER WORKSHOP
AARP and Bike Easy are hosting a class to train drivers on laws and behaviors to promote safe biking and walking. Drivers will learn about common crashes and how to avoid them, safety tips and techniques, and discover how to navigate bicycle infrastructure on the roadways. Register today!
Our Smart Biking (formerly known as Traffic Safety 101) adult safety classes will take place August 15th – 18th. The class is split up into three sections with participants learning a range of skills from bike maintenance to riding safely. Find more information and registration here.
Check out our recent blog post where Keith, our Community Education Manager, gives a summary of education updates, which includes Bike/Walk Friendly Driver workshops for over 100 local school bus drivers, and training PE teachers to provide safe biking and walking lessons to elementary students.
Bike Easy Community Education and Safety programming gives people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride their bike safely and aims to teach all people – whether walking, biking, or driving – how to prioritize safety for everyone.
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: UNITED WAY SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA
Bike Easy took part in the Tricentennial Volunteer Challenge with the purpose of helping the City of New Orleans and its partner agencies reach 300,000 volunteer hours! Our volunteer hours came from the 2018 Bike Easy Challenge. United Way of Southeast Louisiana launched the volunteer challenge and provided support to all partnering agencies.
NEW FIXIT STATIONS AT THE LIBRARY
Bike Easy has partnered with the New Orleans Public Library to install Fixit Stations at branches around the city. Check out the first one at the Main Branch, and more coming soon.
We’ll also be announcing a series of workshops soon to help people understand how to use the Fixits to maintain their bikes and skills for safe confident riding.
VOLUNTEER WITH BIKE EASY!
This September Bike Easy, the City of New Orleans, and a coalition of partners will install a series of pop-up roadway renovations as a 3-month demonstration of how we can transform our streets quickly, inexpensively and equitably for everyone in New Orleans. Learn more and sign up to volunteer here.