Education Overview

Bike Easy Community Education & Safety programming gives people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride their bike safely and aims to teach all people - whether walking, biking, or driving - how to prioritize safety for everyone.

Bike Easy works to increase safety for all people on the roadways through community education. We teach people the rules of the road, skills to successfully ride in traffic, how to drive around all the new bike lanes in town, strategies for safely getting around on foot, and more. We empower others to be safety stewards and help spread these skills throughout the community. Because at the end of the day, we are all just people – whether walking, biking, driving, taking transit, or using a wheelchair – trying to get to our destinations safely and conveniently.

Community Education Accomplishments in 2019:

YOUTH SAFETY PROGRAMMING

In-school and after-school programming to teach safe bicycling and walking reaching over 332 youth

● 4 Road Riding 101 classes (161 participants)
● 4 Teen Multi-Modal Trainings (33 participants)
● 7 Youth Bicycle Rodeos (170 participants)

ADULT SAFETY PROGRAMMING

Conducted community workshops, trainings, outreach interventions and rides to help people learn to ride safely and confidently, as well as workshops to teach drivers to drive safely around people biking and walking, reaching over 1,150 people

● 20 adult community bicycle safety workshops (138 participants)
● 5 People Friendly Driving Workshops (211 participants)
● 5 Smart Biking trainings (36 participants)
● 30 safety outreach interventions (over 560 people reached)
● 2 Legal Clinics (20 participants)
● 1 Law Enforcement Officer Training (24 participants)

BIKE LIGHT AND HELMET GIVEWAYS

169 helmets and 17 bike lights distributed at giveways

LEAGUE CYCLING INSTRUCTORS

5 new certified instructors certified by the League

BIKE EASY EDUCATION PROGRAMS:

For more information or to schedule a workshop, contact our Education Programs Coordinator laura@bikeeasy.org

Adult Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Programs and Outreach
Target Audience: Adult bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians of all abilities.

  • Community Bicycle Safety Workshops, with a focus on multimodal road safety. League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) certified by the League of American Bicyclists, will train motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the rules of the road, safe bicycling techniques, and route planning to give them the skills to be safe, confident, and smart bicyclists and pedestrians whenever they walk and bike. We will work with business wellness programs and community organizations to host these workshops in workplaces and community settings. Recognizing that most adults use many modes to travel to their destinations, the focus in these programs is on multi-modal road safety, and also covers how to be a safe and courteous motorists. These workshops can take place virtually or in-person. Types of community bicycle workshops offered include:
  • Smart Biking Basics 1 & 2
  • Bike Safety and Maintenance Workshop
  • Bike Infrastructure Workshop
  • Rules of the Road Workshop
  • Bike Commuting Workshop
  • Learn to Ride Workshop
  • Fix-A-Flat Workshop
  • Community Bike Rides where group safe cycling techniques will be put into practice. These community rides will focus on how to ride safely and courteously. By offering a safe group environment we aim to encourage new riders to join us and gain confidence in their riding skills. We will work with partners, such as New Orleans City Council members, Friends of the Lafitte Greenway, and New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, to conduct programming in parks and off-street bicycle facilities for new riders.
  • Bike/Walk Safety Interventions where safety information, bike maps and guides to safe cycling will be distributed, we will have the opportunity to discuss one-on-one our available safety training programs and disseminate general safety information. We will set up at high-bicyclist and pedestrian traffic locations, community outreach events, and lecture opportunities in order to reach a cross-section of the walking, bicycling, and driving population. Outreach will be focused on reducing wrong-way riding, increasing awareness of and compliance with traffic laws for bicyclists and pedestrians, and distributing bike lights to those who need them. We will also provide basic maintenance services and perform simple safety checks on bicycles to ensure that they are safe to ride. We will hire Outreach Ambassadors, who have completed the Smart Biking Series and other outreach training, in these programs.
  • People Friendly Driving Workshops where we will educate drivers on laws and train them in behaviors to help keep people biking and walking safe, using the curriculum we developed and piloted over recent years. It will focus on what to expect from people biking and walking, common crashes and how to avoid them, safety tips and techniques, how to navigate bicycle infrastructure on the roadways, and an overview of relevant roadway laws. Along with promotion to the general public, we will continue working with Lyft, Uber, City Sightseeing Hop On/Hop Off Buses, Apple Bus School Bus Company and AARP, while seeking new partnerships with companies and organizations that manage fleet vehicles in order to direct trainings towards drivers who spend many hours on the road, while All participants will receive a People Friendly Driver certificate and Bike/Walk Friendly Driver window decal.
  • Adult Learn to Ride Classes which will focus on adults or teens who have either not yet learned how to ride a bike, or learned a long time ago but want a refresher on the basics of balancing, pedaling and steering. These classes will be League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) certified by the League of American Bicyclists and will emphasize multi-modal road safety while encouraging confident bike riding.

Training the Trainers

  • Smart Biking training sessions. Smart Biking, formerly “Traffic Safety 101”, is our most in-depth road safety training program for people on bikes. The 9-hour training program – developed by the League of American Bicyclists – covers all of the basics of bicycling, rules of the road, defensive bicycling techniques, and road skills tests. The training is delivered as a multi session course with participants who complete all sessions eligible to become League Cycling Instructors. To account for attrition in the program the earlier sessions in the course will have a greater reach than the completion rate indicates. We will target regular bicyclists who are in positions to promote peer-to-peer safety. There continues to be a strong demand for this programming in the cycling community.
  • League Cycling Instructor Training. This national certification program helps identify, empower, and train community leaders in bicycle safety, as well as providing training on effective teaching methods. This program would fund a League Cycling Coach to offer this program in New Orleans to successful participants of the Smart Biking Series, and would certify new LCIs in our region to teach bicycle safety.
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Legal Clinics for leaders in the criminal justice system using the successful curriculum developed and piloted in FY2016/FY2017 with support from previous LHSC grants. Using the expertise of a local attorney who is also a League Cycling Instructor as the facilitator for these clinics allows a dual perspective as well as accurate answers to frequently asked questions regarding the enforcement and implementation of laws pertaining to bicyclists and pedestrians. Our target audience will focus on legal experts such as judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Through a partnership with Bike Law Louisiana, all participants in these clinics are eligible to receive Continuing Legal Education credits increasing the incentive for participation by our targeted audience. We will also distribute legal educational materials to attendees and any interested law enforcement and criminal justice leaders.
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Law Enforcement Officer Training in partnership with Les Leathem, National League Cycling Coach and experienced law enforcement bicycle trainer. Mr. Leathem developed the curriculum working with municipal traffic officers in New Jersey. These in-depth trainings give an overview of all 5 E’s – education, engineering, encouragement, evaluation, and especially, enforcement – and dive into details of current bicycle and pedestrian laws. They are designed to be adapted to local jurisdictions throughout the country. The course is designed to be educational and useful for all officers, not just those who ride bicycles while on duty, and it includes a short on-bike component to make sure all attending understand the curriculum completely.

Youth Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Programs and Outreach

Target Audience: Youth bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, ranging from elementary to high-school age; adult trainers for youth motorists.

  • Multi-Modal Safety Trainings with high school age students, for a total of 6 classroom hours. These trainings will focus on multi-modal road safety, giving students the resources and information that they need to try active transportation. Part of this class will include an earn-a-bike component, and all students will leave with a bike, helmet, lights, and lock. The class will include extensive bike riding and discussions about safe road behavior for all users given the most effective way to develop courteous drivers is to put students on bikes.
  • Road Riding 101 in-depth safety trainings presented to students as a 5-hour riding curriculum. Building on Bike Easy’s past in-school training programs that teach students the basics of safe bicycling, this training will give students an opportunity to practice skills in-depth and ultimately graduate into a short road ride. Bike Easy will provide our 15 youth bikes and trailer to each workshop, giving students without a bike an opportunity to learn and practice.
  • Youth Bicycle and Pedestrian “Rodeos” in the form of workshops and/or bike rides at elementary and middle schools or other community settings to teach students about the rules of the road and provide an opportunity to practice safe riding techniques. Bike Easy will transport our fleet of 15 youth to bikes each workshop. Each workshop will teach 30 young people the essential skills they need to walk and bike safely in their neighborhoods or to and from school.
  • Walk & Roll After School Club Bike Clubs presented in three “Big Ideas” – Ride a Bike; Explore your Neighborhood; and Explore by Bike.The three sections represent systems: the bike as a system, the neighborhood as a system, and transportation in the city as a system. Each of these systems intersects and can be contingent upon each other in this framework. For example, having a safe and functional bike allows a person to ride to another part of town for social, business, or personal reasons, which is more likely if there are safe continuous routes throughout neighborhoods. Throughout the fifteen sessions, students will practice riding and safety skills on bike, learn map-reading skills and think critically about how they get around in New Orleans. Lessons will be investigative and hands on about transportation choices, benefits of outdoor activities, and bicycle and pedestrian safety. Lessons will promote the health, environmental, and social benefits of alternative transportation choices. This is meant to be both educational and fun, to encourage a love of the outdoors and a passion for biking and walking. Each Walk & Roll After School club will teach 15 young people the essential skills they need to walk and bike safely in their neighborhoods or to and from school.

Train the Trainer Programs

  • Physical Education Train the Teacher sessions. Physical Education Train the Teacher sessions will be held at two times throughout the year in partnership with the New Orleans Health Department (NOHD); this program trains teachers in partner schools to teach traffic safety during their PE classes. Teachers will first attend a day long training, followed by an in-school visit from Bike Easy instructors, and a co-teaching session in school. The training will be evaluated with a sign-in sheet, a pre and post course survey of teachers, and by evaluations of the final co-teaching session. Upon completion of the training program, teachers will be eligible to check out the NOHD Bike Fleet and will receive safety materials, such as safety equipment and a Walking and Biking Safety Activity Book to distribute in their classrooms.

Materials

  • Walk & Roll Activity Books an activity and coloring book for ages 6-12 that focuses on safety messaging relevant for young bicyclists and pedestrians will be distributed to all students and supplied by the New Orleans Health Department.
  • People Friendly Driving A how-to guide for driving safely around people biking and walking. Bike Easy’s guide for drivers includes safety tips and techniques to keep people biking and walking safe, covering what to expect from people biking and walking, how to navigate bicycle infrastructure on the roadways, and an overview of relevant roadway laws. We will work with the OMV, Louisiana State Police, driving schools, fleet vehicle businesses, and others to train instructors and drivers while providing this free curriculum and educational materials in order to promote multi-modal safety education.

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Many thanks to the Louisiana State Department of Transportation, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, and the many other sponsors and Members who help us accomplish this important work.

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