This Saturday, April 18th, the Tour de Lis ride is taking place on the New Orleans lakefront. If you haven’t heard about this ride before, it happens every year and is open to cyclists of all ages and ability levels. It’s not a race, but ride to raise money and awareness. Last year they raised $165,000 that went to organizations helping cancer victims and their families with treatment, fiancial assistance, support, education, and research.
Pre-registration closed today at 1 (sorry I didn’t post this sooner), but if you show up before the ride on Saturday, you can donate $50 to participate. Ride begins at 8 am and ends at noon.
- A ten-mile loop on picturesque New Orleans Lakeshore Drive
- Police support
- Food, snacks and beverages
- Free bike support
- Goody bags for riders
- A New Orleans party atmosphere
- Fundraising awards
Ride one loop, one hour, or the whole day– solo or on a team! Individual and team participation is encouraged as participants can ride the entire time, part of the time or recruit and have a team relay. It’s a ride for a cause – not a race.
- No minimum fundraising required.
- All donations are greatly appreciated.
- All cyclists must be at least 12 years of age
- All cyclists must wear a bike helmet
- Baby seats and child carriers attached to bikes are not permitted
- Tour de Lis begins and ends at 8000 Lakeshore Drive near Landry’s Restaurant
If you haven’t checked it out yet, Metro Bike Coalition has a new website with a new website address – http://www.mbcnola.org
It’s all pretty, shiny, and new! Check it out and update your links/bookmarks!
Louisiana State Representation Michael Jackson has introduced a law into the state legislator to require drivers to give cyclists 3 feet of space and to make harassing cyclists a crime.
Recently New Orleanian Dr. Colin Goodier was killed by a driver on River Road in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Tiger Cycling Foundation started campaigning for 3 feet laws in response to his death and others in the Baton Rouge area.
The Baton Rouge Bike Club and Crescent City Cyclists are asking people to send a thank you e-mail to Rep. Jackson to introducing this bill. To add to that, NolaCycle would like to ask you e-mail or call your local representative and tell him or her that you support this measure and would like to see additional legislation to promote cycling.
Crescent Fund Update:
Thanks to everyone who voted for us! We’re really excited to get this cash infusion so we can move forward with getting incorporated as a non-profit and putting money towards the printing! Look for a “Bike to the Market” map in the summer on Market Umbrella and Crescent City Farmers Market’s websites!
Meeting with the City Update:
Also, our meeting with the city folks I was talking about should be happening soon! I’m pretty excited about that. I’ve had some really great conversations with people over their bike facilities desires for the city.
I think the next step after this is maybe to have a New Orleans Cyclists Round Table event where we can get everyone working on advocacy in the same room and work on some common goals. I feel like people working in direct action (bike co-ops, event organizing), policy recommendations, and policy making aren’t really communicating that well. I try to bridge that gap as much as possible, but it’s amazing to me who doesn’t know each other here. While we all like promoting cycling in different ways, I think we could all work together to achieve our common goals faster.
Nicole from MBC and I were talking about maybe hosting a big social event just to get people introduced to one another before we start working on well, work. Hopefully we can get that organized over the summer when I get back in town (which will be mid-June/early July).
Hey everyone! We’ve all been busy lately, so sorry if you haven’t seen us around. I’m currently trying to finish up this quarter at UC and calling/e-mail all my friends in Nola trying to find a place to live. So…if you have a room to sublet from January 1st to March 31st near downtown, I might just be the subleasee for you!
In bike related news, Eira launched a facebook group for the Brydum Tandem Project
. This is the bike buddy program I’ve been trying to convince you all to help with. Here’s the run down on the project from Eira:
“In response to the recent death of San Francisco activist Kirsten Brydum, New Orleans area cyclists have proposed the idea of implementing a “bike buddy” program. Cyclists in need of a fellow cyclist to accompany them to their destination would call a dispatch hotline, and in turn, the hotline operator would dispatch the “bike buddy” on duty for the night. We are currently looking for dispatchers, and ESPECIALLY those willing to work a shift as a bike buddy escort. We can also use the help of people with cars, as well as those who can help patch tires.
If you are interested in helping to plan this program, whether as a bike buddy or dispatcher, please get in touch in one of these ways:
1. Sending a message to Eira, the creator of this group
2. Emailing your contact information and general availability email@example.com
3. Attending our weekly meeting on Wednesday at 7 pm at the Iron Rail Bookshop and Library (511 Marigny, New Orleans LA)”
Also, this is going to be my first Mardi Gras in New Orleans, so I need help figuring out how to plan events in the winter to avoid overlap with big events and parades. I’ve seen some parade listings and whatnot, but I need to know which ones cover all the parades, when they start, what other big events should I avoid conflict with, or should I just be like “screw it, we won’t do any events in February.”
Also, if you’re thinking, “Lauren, you started this project back in June, where’s the map? How much of if is done?” I would encourage you to e-mail UC’s School of Planning and tell them to drop the paper requirement of senior project. Seriously, do it. They already know how I feel, but maybe they’ll listen to an angry public more then me. As far as when it looks like the map will be completed with all the final touches, all nice and pretty and ready for printing in June. I should have a good working copy that you can download from this site by the end of March. Somehow, between New Years, Mardi Gras, going out 3 days a week, and work, I’m going to have to really get cranking on this. I forgot how hard it was to do anything that matters when you’re busy doing meaningless papers and projects for your professors.
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