NOLA Bike to Work Week will take place April 13-17, with a number of events planned to raise awareness about the benefits of biking and about regional developments that are making biking easier and safer for all.
The events are sponsored by Bike Easy, Entergy Corporation, NiteRider and Bike Law Louisiana.
A community forum on the future of bicycling in New Orleans will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Ave., New Orleans. The panel will be led by Sophie Harris, of Friends of Lafitte Corridor.
There will be a morning meetup for bicycle commuters from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Lafayette Square, 500 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, with free breakfast, coffee and other perks for participants.
Also, there will be a bicycle commuter happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at Grand Isle Restaurant, 575 Convention Center Blvd.; participants should enter through the Fulton Street pedestrian mall.
Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had about 11 miles of bicycle paths. Thanks to a grant from Entergy Corporation and a partnership between the city and the Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans now boasts more than 100 miles of paths, with more planned or under construction.
At the end of 2014, New Orleans was raised to a silver-level bike-friendly city by the League of American Bicyclists for its 2014 accomplishments and continued momentum, joining other bike-friendly cities such as Chicago, Boston and Denver.
Not only is New Orleans moving up in the bike-friendly city rankings, the city is also climbing the charts in terms of bicycle commuters. In 2014, the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report ranked New Orleans fifth nationwide for the highest number of workers commuting by bike.
For information or to register for NOLA Bike to Work Day presented by Entergy and Bike Easy, visit bikeeasy.org/events/archives/1904.