Thanks to all of you who were able to make it out to the Bike Easy Annual Membership Meeting and Party! We came together to celebrate the successes of 2019, reflect on the struggles, and look forward to exciting progress our collective movement is working towards in 2020. Volunteers and advocates were honored, Members gave input on the next Bike Easy Strategic Plan, and a panel of Bike Easy Board Members and Staff answered questions from Members. Laurenia at the Pythian Market provided a great space for Members to mingle, share stories with Staff and Board Members, and stop by the photo booth to share why Bike Easy membership is so important.
Next year will be one of the most important in recent history for better bicycling. Will you join us as a Bike Easy member?
At the event last week, I was honored to share my memories of the most notable moments of 2019 and Bike Easy’s vision for progress in 2020. This year had incredible highs – the hundreds of people who came out to participate to help craft the Moving New Orleans Bikeway Blueprint for the City of New Orleans, the biggest Bike Easy Challenge yet, and so much more. We also experienced the intense lows of mourning too many people lost and injured.
Looking to the future, things are bright for bicycling and alternative transportation in Greater New Orleans! The City of New Orleans is working towards an unprecedented rapid expansion of the low-stress bikeway network. The first on-street protected bike lanes will be built in Jefferson Parish, and the Mississippi River Trail will be extended in St. Bernard Parish. We’re launching the Bike Easy Certified program to help more businesses and organizations become bike-friendly. Bike Easy’s education team will continue expanding our People-Friendly Driving workshops and helping 4th graders to grandparents feel confident on their bikes.
All of this work is made possible by our Bike Easy Members! Can you make a special year-end donation further support our work?
Our success also comes from the vast number of partnerships and collaborations and the many, many people who work together to improve safety and accessibility throughout the region. At the Membership Meeting and Party this year, we were excited to honor people who have made tremendous contributions to Bike Easy, bicycling, and mobility.
Check out this blog post to learn more about all of this year’s award winners – Jennifer Ruley, Odyssey House Louisiana, Sophie Harris Vorhoff, Nellie Catzen, and John Caulkins. Congratulations to all the Bike Easy Award Winners!
Bike Easy members are the lifeblood of our organization. It is the membership that allows Bike Easy to speak in a voice that reflects the bicycling needs of New Orleans and provides the support to further the mission of making bicycling fun, safe and easy for everyone in Greater New Orleans. Members are fueling the movement for streets that are safe and accessible for everyone. They are the biggest source of political and financial support for Bike Easy. Please become a member or make a donation today!