Bike Easy Hires New Executive Director

Thursday, Apr 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIKE EASY ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NEW ORLEANS (April 9, 2015) – Today, Bike Easy hired Dan Favre as the organization’s new Executive Director after a nationwide search. Favre, pronounced like “favor”, joins Bike Easy at an exciting time in its history, and he will begin in the position just in time for the April 13 – 17 Bike To Work Week 2015 activities.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to Bike Easy’s Board of Directors, staff, members and incredible volunteers for everything that’s been done to improve bicycling here,” Favre stated, “I’m honored and excited for the opportunity to work with all of you to continue making bicycling and walking easier, safer and more fun in Greater New Orleans!”

Bike Easy has seen dramatic growth and success since 2010, including:

  • Expanding bike paths in New Orleans from 8 miles to almost 100 miles
  • Increasing public awareness of rules for safe bicycle riding and safe vehicle driving on shared roads
  • Helping New Orleans become the 5th best bicycle commuting city in America

In addition to effectively advocating for policies that promote safer bicycling in the region, the capacity of Bike Easy has grown tremendously. Program expansion includes bicycle valet service at local festivals, bicycle safety workshops for community groups, and the signature Bicycle Second Line. Since early 2014, Bike Easy has partnered with 5 local nonprofits to bring bicycle safety education to schools for 3rd and 4th graders across the region.

“We are excited to have Dan take the helm of Bike Easy to further develop the organization while building a shared commitment to road safety from people who drive, those riding bikes, and the many of us who walk,” said Jill Murray, president of the Bike Easy board, “This shared commitment extends to all neighborhoods and communities in the region to help people riding by choice and those riding out of necessity do so easily and safely.

Favre brings extensive experience with collaborative leadership and nonprofit management, grassroots organizing, advocacy campaigning, membership fundraising and development, and strategic communications to his new role. He has lived in New Orleans since 2006 and has been working to protect and restore the region’s natural resources with different environmental organizations.

“Starting in the midst of Bike to Work Week is the perfect opportunity to begin meeting all the good folks who are doing the tough work of making roads in our community safer,” said Favre, “Whether they show up on foot, in a car, or by bicycle, the engaged supporters of Bike Easy are making New Orleans an even better place to live.”

Bike Easy’s new Executive Director, Dan Favre, can be reached at any time with questions, suggestions, and/or congratulations at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (504) 656-6224.

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Bike Easy (formerly The Metro Bicycle Coalition) is a local 501©3 nonprofit dedicated to making bicycling easier, safer and more fun in Greater New Orleans. For more information about Bike Easy, or to become a Bike Easy member visit http://www.bikeeasy.org

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