5th NOLA Bike To Work Day Commemorates 100 Miles Of Bikeways

NEW ORLEANS – Today marks the 5th annual NOLA Bike to Work Day, as part of NOLA Bike to Work Week, a community-wide initiative including a series of events taking place to raise awareness about the benefits of biking and regional developments. Entergy Corporation, Bike Easy, Bike Law LA, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission and the City of New Orleans (Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu), along with other city leaders and community members, gathered this morning at the NOLA Bike to Work Day Meet Up in Lafayette Square to celebrate 100-miles of bikeways in New Orleans.

         “When we first launched NOLA Bike to Work Day in 2012, we were thrilled with the community’s reception and participation,” said Patty Riddelbarger, director of corporate social responsibility at Entergy Corporation. “This event has continually grown each year so we are excited to be commemorating the 5th annual event. Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had approximately 11 miles of bicycle paths. Thanks to a grant from Entergy Corporation and a partnership between the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana Public Health Institute, we are excited to announce the achievement of more than 100-miles of installed bikeways in 2016. NOLA Bike to Work Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate this accomplishment.”

         The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works, in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and the Regional Planning Commission, is implementing the New Century New Orleans Master Plan, Transportation Plan, commonly referred to as the Master Plan. As part of this plan, the bikeway network in New Orleans currently boasts more than 100-miles of on- and off-street bikeways. For its continued momentum, the City of New Orleans was raised to a Silver Level Bike Friendly City by the League of American Bicyclists — joining other cities such as Chicago, Boston and Denver who are designated bike-friendly cities. According to the American Community Survey, New Orleans has the 8th highest percentage of people who cycle to work each day.

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         According to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, “On New Orleans Bike to Work Day, we recognize bicycling as an accessible mode of transportation for getting to the workplace and other destinations. With an increase in the number of cyclists and more bike lines across the city, we must ensure that New Orleans roadways are safe for all users whether they are biking, walking or driving. We encourage the community to participate and enjoy a safe ride to work.”

         In 2012, NOLA Bike to Work Day started by encouraging professionals working in the downtown and central business districts to commute by bike. In 2015, NOLA Bike to Work Day expanded to NOLA Bike to Work Week – a community wide initiative offering more opportunities for participation while continuing to raise awareness about the benefits of biking and regional developments. New last year, the Bike Commute Challenge allows participants to register as an individual or form a team at their workplace to track biked miles, receive workplace recognition and be entered to win prizes. More than 50 workplace teams have participated in the Challenge this year.

         "NOLA Bike to Work Week helps introduce more people to bike commuting, builds our collective strength in numbers, and demonstrates why New Orleans is in the top 10 American cities for biking to work," said Dan Favre, executive director of Bike Easy. "As bicycling continues to get better and better for the people of New Orleans, it benefits our economy, public health, and environment, and we're excited to help more people choose bicycles for transportation."

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         NOLA Bike to Work Day participation is free and open to the public.

         Bike Easy is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to make bicycle riding in New Orleans easy, safe, and fun. Bike Easy supports the vibrant and growing Greater New Orleans bicycle culture with encouragement and events that help get people riding and build community.

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