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Active Towns

75 EpisodesProduced by John SimmermanWebsite

Conversations about Creating a Culture of Activity: Profiling the people, places, programs, and policies that help to promote a culture of activity within our communities.


A Big Jump for Bikes in the Big Easy w/ Dan Favre & Jennifer Ruley

Show Notes:

The city of New Orleans was one of ten cities chosen to participate in the Big Jump Project by the PeopleForBikes Foundation's Local Innovations initiative in an attempt to help accelerate the buildout of a high comfort cycle network.

Jennifer Ruley is the Mobility & Safety Lead Engineer for the City of New Orleans (Moving New Orleans) and Dan Favre is the Executive Director of Bike Easy.

The story is truly fascinating in the sense that NOLA has such a strong culture of the community members taking over its streets and many are surprised at just how many people routinely ride even though there has been a severe shortage of safe facilities. Said another way, they already have strong ridership, not they need safer places, a network if you will, to ride.

And of course, because it is the Big Easy, fun is a big part of the movement.

Additional Helpful Links:

Active Towns Landing Page for this episode - for fun photos and additional content.

Moving NOLA Facebook Page

Moving NOLA Instagram
NOLA Complete Streets Coalition

Toole Design blog post about the Big Jump Project in NOLA

Walk Bike Places NOLA Conference

Show Credits:

Audio Production by Active Towns

A not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity.

Creative Commons License: Attributions Non-Commercial No Derivatives 2021

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