The last few weeks have been so hectic, they almost feel like a blur… There has been a lot of networking, traveling, and program planning for the next couple of months.  Here are some highlights:

  • Presented a Bill at our State Capitol for a Specialty License Plate that will read “3′ for cyclists” – While this is just the first step of a long process, we hope that bringing the message on the road to remind drivers of the law is a step in the right direction.  As I told the Transportation Committee: Traffic violence is becoming the norm and we need to do something about it.
  • Presented at the Lafayette Pedestrian & Bicycle Committee and had the pleasure to bond with the folks from Bike Lafayette and bike around some of their newly developed infrastructure.
  • Attended the first meeting as part of the Development and Enhancement Advisory Committee for DOTD‘s State Wide Transportation Plan that will influence the next 30 years.
  • Attended the National Bike Summit and lobbied at Capitol Hill for Complete Streets and easier access to funds that will help improve our State’s infrastructure.
  • Completed the Executive Director Intensive offered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation!

I’m sure I’m missing a lot, but I didn’t want to let too much time go by before writing to you.  We have some really exciting events planned ahead, and want to make sure you have them bookmarked in your calendar:

BIKE Talks – Where Ya Riding?

This installment of BIKE Talks will help you discover new biking adventures in the area, and also give you an opportunity to share your favorite rides and ride-tips! Whether you want to go on a family bike ride in your local park, learn how to gravel ride, or train for a long race, this event will be perfect for you!  Our panelists include: Elyse Bejasa (Heat Index), Adam Lownik (Westbank Gravel Club), and Townsend Myers (Semi-Toucg Cyclin Club).  To learn more and to RSVP, click here.

This event is the perfect launch for our BIKE MONTH celebration in May!

Ride to Remember

Registration is now open for the inaugural Ride to Remember event hosted by Metairie Cemetery in partnership with Bike Easy . On Sunday, May 19, teh biking community is invited to participate in leisurely community bike rides through the historic cemetery in celebration of National Bicycle Safety Month. The free, family-friendly event will include bike safety information and demonstrations from Bike Easy, and Metairie Cemetery will hold a brief memorial ceremony to honor the lives of people killed while riding their bikes.  Family, friends, and colleagues of those lost in fatal crashes are invited to join, and anyone who wants to partake of this special event.

And… Before your Fall schedule books up:

This year’s Bicycle Second Line Celebration will be our biggest to date!  We will begin and end at The Broadside, and our After Party will include Bands, Artists, Silent Auction and More!  Help us celebrate our 21 years making bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans.  Save the Date: Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm!

You can also find us at:

  • Covington Youth Wellness Fair at the Covington Trailhead – Saturday March 30th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Spring Into Action at Audubon Luisiana Nature Center – Saturday March 30th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Bike Valet at Wednesday at the Square – Every Wednesday until May 1st
  • Rubarb Fundraise at Happyland – Saturday, April 13th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Smart Biking at the Bike Easy Office – FREE Bike Safety Class – Saturday, April 20th – To learn more and to RSVP, click here
  • Earth Week Sustainability Fair at Loyola University – Monday, April 22nd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Celebrate Trails Day at the Tammany Trace – Saturday, April 27th