The holidays are always a hectic time when we’re constantly trying to balance so many commitments, so I want to thank you in advance for making the time to read this long overdue update.

I’ve personally struggled to keep up getting around in my bike in the last few weeks since the weather and my joints have not been getting along.  Nevertheless, I was able to bike quite a bit yesterday, including a small portion of the new MRT extension at the ribbon cutting at the Violet Trailhead in St Bernard Parish.  It was great to be invited to participate, and also to catch up with some of the folks that have been working on this for over 2 decades.  It was a great reminder that some of our work is based on perseverance and patience to see the end results.   I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to influence and facilitate some of the conversations to help make changes and improvements to our biking community.  With that in mind, I want to remind you to reach out with your ideas and thoughts about our work.

In the meantime, below is a list of events where you can get even more involved!

End of Year Membership Party – Second Line Brewing – Thursday, December 7th

It’s that time of year again! Join us as we celebrate wrapping up another busy year for our organization. We will go over our big wins for 2023, our goals for 2024, our strategic plan, Bike Easy awards, and more!  We’ll have cake to celebrate our 20th year, and the first drink on us!  We will also have food from Tacos para la Vida.

If you need to verify your membership status, please reply to this email.  If you need to renew or sign up, you can click here.*

*This party is for Bike Easy Members only – There will be a table for you to sign up to become a member on the night of the event if that is easier!

Count Dat at Supernova – Friday, December 8th

In case you missed our last session of BIKE Talks focused on the Count Dat initiative, we will be tabling at Supernova on Friday, December 8th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  We will have copies of some of our data highlights, and extra information for you to learn more about counters, and some of the data that has been collected over a decade! It will also be a great opportunity for you to give us your feedback on this project, and learn about our 2024 goals.

Learn to Ride –Youth & Adult Classes – Saturday, December 9th

Join us at the NORD Clubhouse (1891 St Louis St.) on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for our Youth Learn to Ride: a free group class for children 5 and up who are ready to ride two-wheeler for the first time.  To learn more and to register, click here.

Also, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm we will be offering Adult Learn to Ride. This class is meant for people over the age of 15 years old who never learned to ride.  You will learn the basics of bike riding; balance, pedaling, braking and turning.  To learn more and to register, click here.

Safety Sunday – Bike Lane Clean Up – Leon C Simon Drive and The London Canal Bridge – Sunday, December 10th

Join Bike Easy’s Policy and Design Committee this Sunday, December 10th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Leon C. Simon Drive and the London Canal Bridge. We’ll be set up at Carlson Park (on the corner of Leon C. Simon Drive and Pratt Drive).  Help us keep it clean by coming that day to help out!   We will provide street cleaning tools, reflective vests, cones, and snacks.  To learn more, click here.

With all of the events happening all around the city in the following weeks, there’s plenty of reason to get on your bike and ride (and charge up your bike lights!).  Thank you for your continued support in making biking a safe and healthy transportation choice for all.

In Service.

Allene La Spina
Executive Director
Bike Easy