Mayor, City Council and community members rally to show support
New Orleans, LA (April 10, 2012) – At
a press conference this afternoon, Entergy and Bike Easy announced the inaugural
NOLA Bike to Work Day. The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), Mayor Mitch
Landrieu, Council President Jackie Clarkson and Councilmember Kristin Palmer
joined Entergy and Bike Easy in announcing the community initiative this
afternoon on the steps of New Orleans’ City Hall.
During the press conference, E. Renae
Conley, executive vice president of human resources and administration for
Entergy Corporation presented LPHI with a check for $75,000 to further support
LPHI’s work to continue expansion of bikeways and pedestrian pathways throughout
the Greater New Orleans Area. Today’s donation brings Entergy’s investment in
LPHI’s efforts to make New Orleans a more bike-friendly city to almost $450,000
over the past four years.
Before Hurricane Katrina, Orleans
Parish had fewer than five miles of bike lanes and pedestrian walkways. Today,
the city boasts 50 miles of completed bikeways and pedestrian walkways with
another twenty miles planned or under construction.
For its recent efforts to make New
Orleans more bike friendly, the League of American Bicyclists has recognized New
Orleans as a Bronze Level Bike Friendly City. New Orleans joins other cities,
such as Portland, Boulder and Austin, as a designated bike-friendly city. The
city has also been ranked number ten in the nation for number of people
bicycling to work, based on three years of data.
“Our recent progress is largely made
possible through an innovative public-private partnership between Entergy and
the City of New Orleans,” said Jennifer Ruley, Pedestrian and Bicycle Engineer,
Advisor to the City of New Orleans, LPHI. “We are so grateful to have such
strong community support and look forward to continue making New Orleans an even
more bike-friendly city.”
“Entergy is committed to finding ways
to make our community cleaner and greener and biking is such a simple way to
conserve money, energy and the environment,” said Patty Riddlebarger, director
of corporate social responsibility at Entergy Corporation. “We are pleased to be
partnering with Bike Easy and Louisiana Public Health Institute to present the
first NOLA Bike to Work Day and are looking forward to holding this event for
years to come.”
The first NOLA Bike to Work Day will
take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 11, and features a full day of bicycle
related events. The day begins at 6:45 AM with bike convoy meet ups in five
strategic locations throughout the city. Once all registered riders are
accounted for at the designated meet up spots, experienced Ride Rangers will
lead the way toward the Central Business District (CBD). To find a complete list
of NOLA Bike to Work Day meet up spots, visit
Between 7:30 – 9:30 AM, NOLA Bike to
Work Day participants are invited to stop by Lafayette Square, on St. Charles
Avenue in the Central Business District across from Gallier Hall. Attendees will
receive complementary bike swag from Bike Easy and free Jamba Juice smoothies
and coupons. A bike mechanic will also be onsite to address any bicycle
maintenance issues before riders head off to work.
After work, NOLA Bike to Work Day
continues from 5 – 8 PM at Wednesday at the Square in Lafayette Square.
Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Entergy booth for free refreshments,
giveaways and information on how to save money, energy and the environment. A
bike mechanic will also be available to address any bicycle related issues
before riders head home for the evening.
Jamie Wine, executive director of
Bike Easy said “Already, we are 6th in the US for bicycle commuters. Bike to
work day is all about supporting those everyday riders and showing others that
bicycling is easy, safe and fun in New Orleans."
NOLA Bike to Work Day is a
culmination of efforts by Entergy Corporation, Bike Easy, Louisiana Public
Health Institute, the City of New Orleans, Downtown Development District and
Young Leadership Council.
NOLA Bike to Work Day is free and all
New Orleanians with a bike are encouraged to participate. For more information
or to register, please visit www.bikeeasy.org.
All registered riders will be entered to win a bicycle shop gift certificate and
other great prizes.
is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production
and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the
second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers
electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and more than