2023 was also a year of growth for our Board: they really stepped up to actively help out during our events, give feedback, and supported my ideas like our BIKE Talks series which held 3 sessions: Community Bike Shops, E-Bikes, and the official launch of Count Dat – a passion project that started 2 years ago to help better understand all the data on people walking and biking collected for well over the last decade. The Board also came up with some great additions to our Bicycle Second Line, including the Silent Auction which really helped raise funds for our cause. Last, but not least, we put the final touches on the Strategic Plan that will help lead the next 5 years of the organization. For that, I’m also grateful.
As an Executive Director, I wear many hats, and that involves sometimes too much juggling to step back and gain perspective. Nevertheless, as we put together our End of Year Review Presentation, I was stunned by the amount of work we did in 12 months. It made me pause, and also look at where we’ve done our work so we can better serve our Community next year. Below is a map showing where we offered Education Workshops, Bike Valet, Bike Parking Solutions, Free Bike Lights, and Safety Sunday Clean ups. We’re always open to new partnerships and ideas, so feel free to contact us with your thought for 2024.
2024 promises to be a very busy year: with 3 new BIKE Talks, a revamp to our Membership Program, more Safety Sunday Clean Ups, another Call to Action Day, the reimagining of the Bike Easy Challenge to be moved to May for National Bike Month, continued work with the City of New Orleans, City of Gretna, Jefferson Parish and Harahan amongst others, and much more. Keep an eye for more details on all of these events, and in the meantime, consider helping us start the year right by making a one time donation to Bike Easy to support us continue the work of making biking easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans.
And as we toast the end of the year, I want to express my immense gratitude to my team: their passion and commitment to our mission showed up in their work, and they did it all as part-timers who were also accomplishing big goals in their personal lives like graduating from their Masters Degrees (Eric and Laura), having a Protospective for Teen Art Salon at PS 1 in New York and being featured in the League Cycling Instructor Spotlight for the League of American Bicyclists in October (Isabella), and continuing the work of fixing bikes at both Dashing Bicycles and Repair Cafes in the City (David). Thank you for staying engaged!
And thank you for your continued support! Happy New Year!
Allene La Spina