Bike Easy February Newsletter
Summary of past and upcoming Bike Easy events!
February 20th, 2019
2019 BIKE EASY CHALLENGE
We’re gearing up for our 3rd annual Bike Easy Challenge and registration is open! Bike Easy Challenge is a fun, free competition for everyone in the Greater New Orleans region using the platform Love to Ride. Every time you ride a bike and log your ride between April 1 – 30 you gain points and qualify for prizes! Find out how to log rides, earn prizes, and register for the Bike Easy Challenge at http://www.lovetoride.net/bikeeasy.
KREWE DE BLEU BIKE FUNDRAISER
Join us tonight at 6 pm for the Krewe De Bleu Bike Fundraiser for NOPD’s Fourth District! This event is to raise funds for NOPD’s Fourth District to be able to patrol by bike. With a minimum donation of $25, you can enjoy a night of music, food and drinks at Warren’s Corner in Algiers. Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer will be behind the bar – don’t miss out!
KING CAKE & BIKE MAINTENANCE
King Cake and Bike Maintenance was postponed due to rain and will now be held on Tuesday, February 26th from 4 – 6 pm. Come hang out with Bike Easy for some King Cake, get some basic maintenance for your bike to prepare for all the Mardi Gras riding, and register for the Bike Easy Challenge!
CONNECT THE CRESCENT
This fall, Connect the Crescent showcased the concept of a connected, protected biking, walking, and transit network. Conversations were started, valuable data was collected, and a wealth of community feedback was generated for public officials ahead of forthcoming permanent, protected bikeway installations across the city. Next week we will release a report to share what we learned with you.
Here are three top highlights so far:
- Improved Safety – Baronne Street saw a 12% drop in reported crashes during Connect The Crescent
- Speeding was reduced up to 26%
- Bike ridership increased 20 – 84% across all corridors during the demonstration
BECOME A BIKE EASY MEMBER!
Bike Easy Membership shows your belief in a future where people of all ages and abilities can bike, walk, and ride transit safely, whoever they are and wherever they live! Members provide Bike Easy the financial and political support needed to continue our education, advocacy, and community event programs. Become a Member today!
BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY SURVEY
Feedback wanted! The City of New Orleans recently applied for Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists! The League is seeking your input to gain a better understanding of local bicyclists’ experiences in New Orleans. Please take a minute to complete this brief survey.
MARDI GRAS BIKING TIPS
Mardi Gras has arrived! As people and floats squeeze cars out of their usual routes, biking becomes the supreme choice for getting around.
All the bikes out and about get our bicycle advocate hearts fluttering. We know more bikes on the road increases the visibility of people on bike and promotes the need for better bike networks.
Keep these six safety tips in mind as you enjoy Mardi Gras on bike:
- Watch for hazards
- Pack a patch kit
- Lock up strategically
- Don’t bike through crowds
- Bike safely (wear a helmet, use lights, drink responsibly)
Read the full blog post!
BLUE BIKES FOR ALL
Recently, Tsunami Sushi hosted Bike Easy for a presentation about bike safety and Blue Bikes information to their employees! Thank you Tsunami Sushi for providing your employees with information about transportation options. As part of Blue Bikes for All and our goal to improve transportation for service and hospitality workers, we’re handing out free passes to Blue Bikes!
Bike Easy will be at The Rusty Nail on Monday, February 25th from 4:30 – 6 pm providing service and hospitality workers with free passes to Blue Bikes. All service and hospitality workers will receive a discount code for one free month, anybody that receives SNAP or Medicaid benefits can receive a code for a free year of the reduced fare membership!
2019 SPRING BICYCLE SECOND LINE!
Join us Sunday, May 12th for the 2019 Spring Bicycle Second Line! This is a musical 10-mile bike ride version of the famous second line parades that traditionally wind through New Orleans streets during the year.
For our Bicycle Second Line, we gather several hundred riders of all ages, interests, and backgrounds and roll through our beautiful New Orleans neighborhoods while brass bands set the tempo. The Bicycle Second Line will start at 10 am at City Park.