Events like Critical Mass—swaths of cyclists gathered to take back the streets—erupt in cities across the country from week to week, with a decidedly political message. But in New Orleans, there's a bicycle second line
It's Bike Easy
's annual, casual, slow ride that leaves from and ends in City Park on May 17, led by the Red Hot Brass Band
—think fewer politics, more music. The pace averages seven to 10 miles per hour.
The ride leaves from the lawn in front of the sculpture garden at 10 a.m., though Bike Easy is asking people to register around 9 a.m. It's free and open to the public, with a chance to buy or renew a Bike Easy membership and contribute to the organization's campaign to make New Orleans streets safer for cyclists. If you become a member at the second line, you get a free Bicycle Second Line t-shirt.
The Fraternal Order of Police and the New Orleans Police Department will also be on hand to help people register their bikes. The ride will return to the park around 1 p.m.
If you don't have a bike, you can rent one at RideTHISBike
(231 Dauphine St.), where a portion of the proceeds will go to Bike Easy.
After the ride, you'll only be a few blocks from Bayou Boogaloo