NEW ORLEANS - Entergy
communities are putting a new spin on commuting. New Orleans has just been named
a top five city for percentage of bicycle commuters by the League of American
Since 2005 the company has helped encourage cycling in the Big Easy by
partnering with the City of New Orleans on the development of bike lanes
throughout the city. The effort, part of the ongoing recovery from the impact of
Hurricane Katrina, will soon celebrate the completion of the 100th mile of urban
“Since Hurricane Katrina, bike lanes in New Orleans have grown from fewer
than 10 miles to almost 100 miles. Bike ridership has increased more than 200
percent,” said Patty Riddlebarger, director of corporate social responsibility.
“This growth is a result of a unique public-private partnership between Entergy,
the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana Public Health Institute.”
Entergy has also helped raise awareness of the environmental and health
benefits of alternative means of transportation during annual “Green Your Ride”
initiatives across the Entergy system. During the week-long event,
employees are encouraged to choose alternative means of transportation to work,
including biking, public transportation, car and van pools, or telecommuting.
In 2015, a new program funded through the Environmental Initiatives Fund will
encourage all Entergy employees throughout the company to choose environmentally
friendly commuting and travel options as a means to earn points toward prizes.
In the meantime, employees keep on turning to activities with positive health
and environmental benefits, including an annual two-day 150-mile cycling event
that raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Approximately 15
Entergy employees participated, raising more than $10,000 and demonstrating the
company’s mission to create value for the communities we serve.