Bike-to-Work-Day-celebrates-active-commuting

Bike to Work Day celebrates active commuting

by Naomi Englar
March 2013

Hundreds of bicycles will take to the streets to celebrate Bike to Work Day on April 9 in New Orleans. The citywide event promotes bicycling as a healthy option for commuting to work and has seen local politicians like New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu participate in previous years.
"We anticipate this year we’ll have a huge turnout for Bike to Work Day," said Marin Tockman, communications and development director at the local advocacy group Bike Easy. "Bike to Work Day really feels like the best opportunity to promote commuting by bike as a fun, healthy, safe, and sensible option that everyone can do.”
Bike Easy, which is leading the day's activities, has set up dozens of meet-up points across the city for bike commuters gather and ride to work together, Tockman said. More than 35 businesses and community spaces were recruited to be hub stations, giving away free snacks, water and coffee and hosting meet-ups. Free bike maps and other resources will be handed out throughout the day, Tockman said.
The KidsWalk Coalition, a group led by the Tulane PRC, is also supporting Bike to Work Day in New Orleans.
"Non-motorized modes of getting to and from the places we live, work, and play is the healthiest and most sustainable way for us to get around in our city. Not to mention it is incredibly enjoyable and sets a great example for children," said Naomi Doerner, program manager for the KidsWalk Coalition. "What’s better than walking and biking to work? Doing it with friends! So we look forward to seeing many of our partners out on Tuesday, April 9."
To kick off Bike to Work Day, there will be a morning meet-up and news conference from 8 to 10 a.m. at Duncan Plaza across from New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido St. After work, bikers can celebrate with fellow commuters from 5 to 8 p.m. at The American Sector restaurant, 945 Magazine St.

To see locations of meet-up points and for more information about events surrounding Bike to Work Day, click here.
In addition to promoting Bike to Work Day, Bike Easy has regular workshops to help riders learn and practice safe biking techniques. All are welcome – adults, children, grandparents and friends. Through hands-on activities, the workshops aim to build confidence in riders to integrate bicycling into everyday tasks.
To get information about Bike Easy's Community Bicycle Workshops, click here.

(Photo courtesy of Bike Easy)

Topics:   bike lanes , built environment , kidswalk coalition , physical activity

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