15 Year Timeline of Events at Bike Easy

Posted by Heather Haylett on October 29, 2018 in Advocacy

A look at 15 years of education, community, and advocacy.

Greater New Orleans has always been a great place to ride a bike and at Bike Easy, we love our region’s passion for biking and aim to get as many people as possible to enjoy riding.
From advocating for a comprehensive network of bicycle facilities to hosting annual bicycle second lines, we’re looking to achieve more victories for people who bike and walk in Greater New Orleans going forward.

As we close out our 15th year of better biking, Bike Easy has a lot to celebrate. We have steadily grown with support from enthusiastic volunteers, members, and riders all in the effort to make biking easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans. The journey of Bike Easy speaks volumes to the dedication of improving how we all get around. Here are a few highlights from the past 15 years:

2003

  • Metro Bicycle Coalition (MBC) founded

2004

  • $4 million Bond Measure approved for bicycle facilities;
  • 1st Louisiana Statewide Bicycle & Pedestrian Summit

2006

  • MBC Bylaws signed;
  • Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan released

2007

  • Submerged Roads Program dedicated funding for bicycle accommodations

2008

  • 1st on-street bike lane installed: St Claude Ave;
  • 1st annual Tour de Jefferson

2009

  • 1st Bicycle Second Line;
  • Three-foot passing law approved

2010

  • 1st paid staff hired- Jamie Wine

2011

  • MBC rebranded to Bike Easy;
  • New Orleans earned Bicycle Friendly City Bronze designation
  • New Orleans passed Complete Streets Resolution
  • Bike Valet free service begins
  • Evaluation of Bicycle Parking in the French Quarter report released

2012

  • NOLA Bike to Work Day launched
  • Recipient – Great Places in Louisiana Award
  • 1st ‘Pop-up’ Public Demonstration – Decatur St
  • Bicycle Share Feasibility Study released
  • 1st New Orleans Bike Map released

2013

  • Super Bowl Experience – Bike Share trial
  • Connect the 9 & Safe Bridges Campaign launched
  • 1st Open Streets event – Play Streets on Esplanade Ave

2014

  • Jefferson Parish Lakefront Recreation Path completed
  • Bike Easy youth bike fleet funding secured
  • New Orleans earned Bicycle Friendly City Silver designation
  • Jefferson Parish Bicycle Master Plan adopted

2015

  • Bicycle Commute Challenge launched
  • Walk & Roll to School youth programming launched
  • Lafitte Greenway construction completed
  • Bike Easy Ambassador Programs launched

2016

  • 100 miles of bikeways achieved in New Orleans
  • “A Plan for People on Bikes” Community Forum
  • Buffalo Soldier Commemorative Bike Ride
  • St Bernard Parish Wayfinding Project support
  • Complete Streets Regional Advocacy Campaign launched

2017

  • Greater New Orleans Biking & Walking Summit & Bike Easy Strategic Plan updated
  • Bike Easy Challenge launched
  • Blue Bikes public bike-share launched
  • Complete Streets for Health Equity Report released
  • St Bernard Parish Bicycle Master Plan adopted

2018

  • Kenner ‘Pop-up’ Bikeway – Loyola Drive
  • Over 50 Bike Easy Ambassadors trained
  • Connect the Crescent ‘Pop-up’ Demonstration launched
  • Walk / Bike / Places Conference Committee Chair – Dan Favre
  • St Bernard Parish MRT groundbreaking
  • Bike Easy Online Map launched

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