Foundation for Louisiana partners with Bike Easy to promote safe access to transportation around in New Orleans

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During the 10-week program, participants will spend two hours each week covering a range of topics that include bicycle and pedestrian street-design basics, conducting outreach and developing community solutions, and more.

The Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors Program, a project of Foundation for Louisiana’s (FFL) TOGETHER Initiative in conjunction with Bike Easy, recruits, trains and supports New Orleans citizens to identify active transportation problems and develop community­driven solutions to promote walking, biking, transit and livable streets in their neighborhoods.

Community members who become Ambassadors will participate in training workshops and will develop their own projects with the goals of improving transportation safety.

“As New Orleans evolves and the city’s population grows, transportation is something that we all have had to think about,” said Ameca A. Reali, the Foundation’s New Orleans Program Officer who oversees the TOGETHER Initiative. “Bike Easy’s Ambassadors program is designed to meaningfully engage residents in advocating for changes that prioritize safety while enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.”

“The program aims to create a more inclusive process for public engagement, particularly with regards to decision-making processes concerning New Orleans’ public spaces, street design, and transportation options,” explained Keith Holt, Community Education Manager at Bike Easy, who is facilitating the program.

During the 10-week program, participants will spend two hours each week covering a range of topics that include bicycle and pedestrian street-design basics, conducting outreach and developing community solutions, and more.

Following the training, Ambassadors will develop and implement a community campaign and/or demonstration project. Projects can include an engagement event like a community workshop, a pop-up neighborhood park, a public-service announcement, or a promotional campaign. Ambassadors will receive a stipend of $240 for completing the program and demonstration project.

Download the job description here. Download the Ambassador application form here. For more information and to apply, please visit www.bikeeasy.org or contact Keith Holt at keith@bikeeasy.org or call (414) 350-1856.

Partner organizations: Bike Easy, Broadmoor Improvement Association, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Historic Faubourg Treme Association, Jericho Road, Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, Neighborhoods Partnership Network, NEWCITY Neighborhoods Partnership Network and RIDE New Orleans.