September 15, 2011

Geaux Nola!

By Elisa | 2 Comments »

(you can’t spell Go any other way in this state)


I am proud to say that New Orleans is now recognized as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly City by the League of American Bicyclists. It was one of 14 cities recognized for the first time.

From the League’s blog:

“We are proud of the roadmap that the Bicycle Friendly Community program provides for communities to build strong BFCs,” said Bill Nesper, Director of the League’s Bicycle Friendly America program. “We are especially pleased to see so many communities improving their award level.”

“New Orleans, La. has seen its number of bike commuters increase by more than 150% in the last five years. The city, which had received Honorable Mentions in three previous rounds, implemented the feedback we provided and received the bronze designation this time. New Orleans was recognized for their large biking population, bicycling education programs, a bicycling network that has tripled in length in the last three years and the strong bike culture seen in events like the NOLA Bike Bash.”

This is a really big deal for us! New Orleans is rarely first in anything good (besides food and partying), especially that has to do with health. One of the organizations working tirelessly at this is Bike Easy, a metro bike coalition for the New Orleans area. I am really happy to be working with them on different projects and events. Jamie Wine, the Executive Director had this to say (from

“We are thrilled by the bronze designation. This is a milestone as we move toward becoming the most bicycle-friendly city in America,” Wine said “Bike Easy’s goal is to make bicycling easier, safer and more fun and this designation shows that we are moving in the right direction.”

Thanks for your hard work, Jamie, and everyone else who worked so hard to make this happen!

In addition, today was the start of the new pedi-cab era.  The Mayor and cycling advocate Councilwoman Kristen Palmer were there to kick off the new addition to the horse-carriages and taxis that ferry tourists and residents around this great city.

A great day week for New Orleans and the many current and future cyclists out there!

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  1. On September 15th, 2011 happy_to_pedal said:

    cool, wish birmingham & alabama leadership could wake up and start making positive changes. too busy worrying about stadiums, useless hiway signs that tell us to “commute smart” by car or vanpool and generally wallowing in the past

  2. On September 15th, 2011 Townie said:

    It’s about time, thanks New Orleans, 10 years in the making-Pedicabs and great BFC designation

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