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October 21, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Ann Becker
Entergy Services, Inc.
abecker@entergy.com
Big Wheels are Turning in NOLA and other Entergy Communities

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 Bicyclists.

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 bike lanes.

“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.