January Volunteer Newsletter
Get involved with Bike Easy!
In 2018, people volunteering with Bike Easy installed over 2 miles of pop-up protected bikeways, encouraged friends and colleagues to get on their bikes during the Bike Easy Challenge, passed out information at community events, helped with bike repair at maintenance workshops, and a whole lot more!
There’s more ground to cover in 2019 and we’ll need your help. Sign up below to recieve this newsletter in your inbox!
Bike Easy Volunteer of the Year: Brian Guillot
Every year Bike Easy honors a volunteer and their impact on biking in Greater New Orleans. This year Bike Easy presented the Bike Easy Volunteer of the Year to Brian Guillot! Brian began volunteering with Bike Easy by attending a drop-in session at our office, then came out and helped us build the Kenner Pop-Up Bikeway on Loyola Drive. His enthusiasm for improving biking safety grew with the Connect the Crescent, where he was present every step of the way. At outreach events to canvassing to showing up every day for installation, and advocating for Connect the Crescent as a resident of the CBD, Brian was an amazing source of support. Thank you, Brian!
Connect the Crescent Volunteering by the Numbers
Hours given: 1,003
Bikeways installed: Over 2.55 miles
Everyday New Orleans citizens committed to making biking and walking an everyday choice for everybody in every neighborhood came out in the heat, the rain, and built 2.5 miles of protected bikeways. Volunteers were the centerpiece of a transformative collaboration between citizens, a small non-profit, and our city government. Over 200 volunteers built something special for the entire community and did so at a cost of roughly ZERO local tax dollars.
Thanks for taking the lead and thanks for being out there with us. We’re just getting started.
Help prepare a mini Complete Streets demonstration at the GirlTrek Rally Saturday, February 2nd! Meet at the Eastshore Playground 14600 Curran Rd. at 10:30 am.
Help in the Bike Easy office
Do you have free time during the week you’d like to lend to Bike Easy?
We need folks to stop by and help us with operational tasks! We’ll be working within our volunteer database system, preparing mailings, and organizing materials.
Bike Easy Challenge planning committee
Join us on Monday, February 11th from 6 – 7:30 pm!
The Bike Easy Challenge is a month long event to encourage more people to get on bike. Planning committee members help plan events like Bike to Work Day, organize outreach efforts, and help spread the word about the Bike Easy Challenge to get more people riding! All are welcome at the Bike Easy office, 2100 Oretha Castle Haley.
Safety Education volunteers
Bike Easy is interested in expanding our pool of volunteers to spread awareness and education about bicycle safety. Volunteers that complete our Smart Biking class series will be eligible for a small pay stipend for helping out at our events. Sign up for Smart Biking here.
King Cakes & Bike Maintenance
In preparation for Mardi Gras we are having a maintenance meetup! We need help with the maintenance of our fleet of kid’s bikes as well as for anyone who stops by. Services will include pumping up tires and minor adjustments.
The meetup will take place at the garage across from the Bike Easy office (2100 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd) from 4 – 6 pm. Just show up – no sign up required.