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Posted by Elon Glickman on April 28, 2020 in Advocacy, Education, Events, Membership

Have you registered for the Bike Easy April Challenge yet? There are still 2 days to log solo rides & win prizes!

We think we can confidently say that this is the best time of year to bike in New Orleans.

Normally, we’d be biking to festivals, parking bikes with our Bicycle Valet program, and going on group rides for the Bike Easy April Challenge. But, we’ve adjusted to doing solo rides and found other ways to enjoy and advocate for biking in our city.

In this newsletter we wanted to share a few with you.

#BikeMatchNOLA

This is our newest program. #BikeMatchNOLA is a way to connect people in need of a bicycle during the COVID-19 pandemic with bikes donated by other individuals.

Do you have a bike that you’d like to donate during this current crisis? Are you in need of a bike as an essential worker or just down on your luck due to COVID-19?

If you’re in need of a bike or have one you would like to donate, fill out this Google Form. We’ll review the requests, make the match, and then connect folks so they can safely exchange the bikes.

We’re very proud to facilitate this mutual aid for our community, and ensure that as many people as possible have access to a bike.

Bike Law Virtual Legal Clinic — April 29th, 12:30

As a part of our virtual education workshop series, we’re offering a legal clinic on biking.

Want to get armed with great information about your rights while riding? Or what to do if you’re involved in a crash or harassed? Or simply how to make a positive difference in the biking community? Charlie Thomas of Bike Law will cover these topics and more.

Register here and feel free to bring questions.

Looking Forward to a Safe, Bike-Friendly Mardi Gras

Due to Covid-19, the New Orleans City Council was unable to hold a scheduled meeting to prepare for Mardi Gras 2021. Bike Easy and partners in the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition are committed to a vision of Mardi Gras where residents and visitors alike can bike, walk, and rely on public transit safely and easily throughout the carnival season. We’ve come up with ideas like:

  • Car-free protected routes for people on bikes, on transit, and on foot
  • Dedicated parade crossings to improve safety and connectivity
  • Increased drunk driving enforcement, and
  • Better parade access by transit

What are your ideas for a safer Carnival season? The New Orleans City Council is inviting the public to submit written comments via email for safety improvements you believe the Council should consider. All written comments submitted to the Council via email by May 1st will be shared with Mayor Cantrell’s Mardi Gras Advisory Council.

Submit a comment today via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Six More Complete Streets in Algiers

The Moving New Orleans Bikes initiative is rapidly becoming a reality. After a year of planning, talking with communities, and incorporating their feedback, the City’s Office of Transportation held a pre-construction teleconference last week on improvements being built on four corridors in Algiers.

More than forty people attended, including leaders like Councilmember Kristin Palmer and residents who spoke up in excited support for the protected bike lanes and bike boulevards coming to their streets.

This Thursday April 30th at 6pm, the City is holding another pre-construction on SIX MORE STREETS slated for improvements. We want 60 people on this call, 10 for each street, showing their support for safer and easier biking in Algiers. Will you join us?

The ‘Bike Boom’ is Lasting

Nola.com published an article this week about the incredible boost in business that bike shops are continuing to see. Read it here.

We saw the boom start when the stay-at-home order was first issued, and it has lasted ever since with little signs of slowing down. According to the article, Bicycle World of Louisiana, is four or five times busier than usual.

This time has brought so many hardships, but we’re happy to see our biking community growing.

We want to give a special thank you to all the bike shops keeping our community growing and riding, and to Mayor LaToya Cantrell for working with us to make bike shops essential — clearly they are.

Final Days of the Bike Easy April Challenge

With almost 100,000 miles logged, over 700 participants, and nearly 100 organizations, this Bike Easy April Challenge, powered by Entergy, has been a huge success, even though we made some big changes this year.

It’s been a blast checking out everyone’s #SoloRideSelfies and reasons why they ride on the LoveToRide platform. If you haven’t checked them out yet, or logged a ride, it’s not too late!

The challenge ends on April 30th so make sure to log a ride (you can backlog previous rides too!) today by clicking here.

‘Why I Ride’ Video Testimonials

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: there are as many reasons to ride as there are riders, and we want to hear yours.

For Bike Easy, May is Membership Month, and to celebrate we’re collecting video testimonials on why people love to ride. Participating is easy, just ask a friend to record you with your bike (or take a video selfie) answering the prompt: ‘I love to ride because…’

Post your video on social media and tag Bike Easy or email it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we’ll post it on our channels.

At a time when many of us are isolated from each other, what better way to connect than our shared love for riding a bike?

A New http://www.bikeeasy.org!

Bike Easy is currently accepting proposals from experienced web developers to develop a brand new http://www.bikeeasy.org. For all the details, including our goals, timeline, and budget, please review the Request for Proposals.

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