April Newsletter

Posted by Heather Haylett on April 5, 2019 in Advocacy, Bicycle Safety , Events

Past and future Bike Easy events and announcements

2019 BIKE EASY CHALLENGE

This year’s Bike Easy Challenge has begun! The challenge is a fun, free competition to see who can ride the streets and trails in and around New Orleans the most over the month of April. Use the ‘Love to Ride’ platform to 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.

Support the Challenge with prize donations! Sponsors are featured on the Challenge site, in Bike Easy communications, and our social media. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for additional information.

MOVING NEW ORLEANS: BIKES

The City of New Orleans is hosting public meetings for Moving New Orleans: Bikes, an initiative to rapidly plan and develop a city-wide protected bikeway network.

Help identify specific areas with transportation challenges, desired biking and walking destinations, and potential bike routes. These are open house style meetings each from 6pm to 7:30pm. You can drop in for as long or as little as you like, and we recommend giving it at least 30 minutes. Each City Council district will host at least one meeting. Feel free to come to any.

Monday, April 8 – District B – Kipp – Booker T. Washington (2514 Third St.)
Wednesday, April 10 – District A – Stuart Hall, Cafeteria (2032 S Carrollton Ave.)
Thursday, April 11 – District C – Kipp Renaissance School (3820 St. Claude Ave.)
Monday, April 15 – District C – Algiers Regional Library (3014 Holiday Dr.)
Tuesday, April 16 – District D – AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana (3155 Gentilly Blvd.)
Wednesday, April 17 – District E – Martin Luther King Library (1611 Caffin Ave.)
Thursday, April 18 – District E – East New Orleans Regional Library (5641 Read Blvd.)
For more information and to RSVP for any of the public meetings — go here.

HELP US MAKE BIKEWAY PLANNING A SUCCESS!

Attend our next Complete Streets Ambassador training this Saturday, April 6th at Greater New Orleans Foundation. Help us recruit and turn out community members to speak up for the needs of people who bike and walk in New Orleans!

Bike Easy’s Ambassador program begins with a required four-hour training on Saturday, April 6th from 1PM-5PM covering tactics, what lies ahead for biking in the greater New Orleans region, and how to effectively advocate on the local level.

Learn more about Complete Streets Ambassador training and register today!

CONNECT THE CRESCENT

Detailed data analysis and survey results show that a connected, protected bikeway network improved safety, increased bicycle ridership, and was supported by the community. Connect The Crescent, a 3-month demonstration, was intended to create community dialogue around how to make New Orleans streets safe and equitable for all people regardless of how they choose to travel, while also providing opportunity for real-time studies of innovative traffic safety and mobility improvement options. Organizers have deemed the effort a success.

Highlights from the Final Report:

- 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
Read ‘Connect the Crescent – Final Report’

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!

NEW LINKS KICKOFF MEETING

RIDE New Orleans is asking transit riders to attend the first public meeting of the New Links, a process that intends to reimagine the regional transit network. Attend the meeting on April 9 from 5:30 – 7:30pm to have your opinion heard. RSVP here.

VOLUNTEER WITH BIKE VALET

Bike Easy works to make riding a bike easier, safer, and even more fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans. One way we do that is providing free, secure bike parking at events and festivals around New Orleans. We call this Bike Valet and it’s kind of like a coat check for your bike… but it’s free and a service provided by your coworkers, neighbors, and (maybe future) friends.

Join us for one of our largest valet events of the year! We’ll have two valets to watch bikes for people going to French Quarter Fest! Set up at Woldenberg Park and the Old US Mint, we’ll need the help to make this another great festival. So sign up, encourage your friends to join you, and enjoy the day!

Volunteer with Bike Valet

LEVEE BREACH BIKE TOUR 2019

Levees.org will host its 8th Annual Levee Breach Bike Tour on April 20, 2019, from 10 – 11am. The ride departs from the Flooded House Museum at 4918 Warrington Drive and is a healthy way to learn about the worst civil engineering disaster in U.S. history. The tour ends at the Army Corps of Engineers’ permanent pump station at Frankfort and Pratt Streets. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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.

Interested in sponsoring the Spring Bicycle Second Line? Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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