Straight from my e-mail inbox to your computer screen – It’s finally happening! People have come together to make a multi-modal transportation advocacy group for New Orleans! We’re talking bikes, buses, light rail, streetcars, pedestrians, unicycles, hovercrafts, mules & horses (alright, maybe not too many horses because biking through poo is no fun).
But seriously, folks, Transportation Alternative in NYC has made a huge impact on improving mass transit and bicycle and pedestrian amenities and advocating for the people of the city who decide not to drive. Transport NOLA is bringing that multi-modal, “we’re all in this together,” model of advocacy to New Orleans. Transport NOLA is starting their campaign by focusing on rail improvements, especially pushing for a light rail system that will serve the entire city and just not a handful of neighborhoods like our current streetcar system. Check out the “Where” section and you’ll see where bike and pedestrian facilities come into play too. (I’m not too crazy about this “bike lane in the middle of streetcar tracks” idea in the Tulane Station model, but maybe with modern streetcars, you and do it up so wheels don’t get caught. I’ll look into this and make sure a bunch of poorly designed bike lanes don’t end up all over the city.)
I knew this was brewin‘, but I was really surprised to see how quickly this has come together. The website looks great and they already have some concept designs online!
The kick-off event is THIS FRIDAY at the Rusty Nail (1100 Constance St in the Warehouse District a few blocks south of Lee Circle) from 6-9 pm.
I, of course, will not be there due to this “you have to be in Cincinnati to take classes”/”you’re too close to graduation to transfer” situation, but you should really go and get involved. This will be an excellent opportunity to create a forum in which all of us (advocates and users are various non-personal motor vehicle transportation modes) can come together, and work together, to improve the city and region.
Apparently I’m not the only one that uses the Bike section on Craigslist to promote my organization. Rubarb posted this today and I thought I should share it with you guys. It’s always really hard to find affordable bike rentals in New Orleans, but Rubarb can rent you or your friends bikes in exchange for donated time or money.
we’re a community bike shop where you can come and work on your bike freely, learn how to make repairs, volunteer, obtain a bike through work trade or a suggested donation of $40-$75 (depending on the quality, make, etc…). we’re also open to rentals for the mardi gras season. (all donations go back into the shop, to purchase tools, art supplies, etc..).
our hours are mon 10-2, wed 3:30-6 and sat 1-6. located on the corner of gallier and tonti in the 9th ward.
Good news, Tulane kids – the Bike Shop is getting its own home!
Phil Schapker, saving Tulane students money and time – one bike at a time.
“The bike shed, which will be located in the 6300 block of Willow Street, will be constructed by group members following a plan designed by an architecture student. According to Phil Schapker, the shed will give the shop a permanent location and allow for storage of repair tools and materials.”
The bike shed will be open next semester. In the mean time, if you’re on or near campus and need some help, the shop will operate at its new temporary location and with expanded hours — outside of Le Gourmet on McAlister Drive on Sundays, 1–4 p.m., and Thursdays, 2–5:30 p.m. — through the end of this semester.
The Iron Rail Book Collective is hosting another meeting about the bike buddy program on Wednesday the 22nd at 7pm. The meeting will be held to organize a bike-escort service for folks who don’t want to ride home alone late at night.
The Iron Rail is located in the same warehouse as Plan B bike co-op at 511 Marigny St. in the Marigny.
There will be a meeting every Wednesday at 7pm from now on to work on this project.
I’m not involved in organizing the Bike Buddy program since I’m out of town, so e-mail
or call the Iron Rail if you have questions.
Kristian Sekse from Bike & Build sent me an e-mail the other day about her program where groups of college students raise money and then bike across the country to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. It could be a really fun experience for anyone looking to do something adventurous this summer. I on the other hand have to work, but if you don’t, here’s a great option to keep you busy while having a great time and going great work.
Kristian is also hiring leaders who are “paid a small performance-based stipend of $1750, and while their responsibility on the road is to keep everyone safe and happy, they enjoy vast amounts of free time to explore new towns, check out local attractions, and indulge in copious amounts of ice cream.”
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 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 attend our first meeting this Sunday,
October 12th at 1:00 pm, at the Iron Rail, 511 Marigny, New Orleans.
Nola Bike Race is holding it’s annual Halloween alley cat race on Halloween this year. If you’d like to volunteer/dress up like a zombie and man the check points and whatever else Paul needs you to do, you should e-mail him. firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously, really, you should volunteer if you’re not going to race. And if you’re not going to volunteer, you should race.
And if you’re out of town, you can sit around and be upset that nothing this fun ever happens where you are right now.