Bike Easy members gather at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Transit advocacy group Bike Easy has put out a call for applications for its Complete Streets Ambassador
program, which trains community members to advocate for cyclists, pedestrians and people who take public transit. The three-month, relatively low-commitment program accepts applications through Feb. 2.
After taking part in a weekend training, Complete Streets Ambassador participants will spend about three hours each week working on neighborhood projects, telling their transportation story at community meetings and collaborating on Bike Easy initiatives. It'd probably be a good way to dip a toe in community organizing and to learn about grassroots activism.
Ambassadorship applicants should regularly walk, bike or ride the bus in the greater metropolitan area and have an interest in developing neighborhood groups. People of color and people with low incomes are especially encouraged to apply; a few small ($400) stipends are available.
Previous Complete Streets Ambassadors built a pop-up protected bikeway on St. Bernard Avenue and lobbied for protected bike lanes in Kenner neighborhoods.
The program is part of Bike Easy's greater Complete Streets
initiative, which encourages more equitable transit in New Orleans neighborhoods. "Complete streets" are designed with the safety and well-being of every kind of transit user in mind, including pedestrians, people on bikes and motorists.
An application for the program
is available online. Applications also can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Bike Easy's offices at 2100 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.