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10-16 7:30 am Community Matters

Oct 16, 2016|

WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday and welcome to the show thank you so much for joining us today a good host. Not see coming out New Orleans as really an ally in terms of bicycling over the last ten years it's really exciting to see more people riding bikes. We will talk about education and the BC. To help bicycle. By easy in this city clubs. What's that fans are in scene and we have a lot of different characters they come every year like this flu including the and rice vampire analysts and look back. A million names. And annual Halloween ball. And. It's a perfect opportunity to dress a B Johnson come have a good time details about Nolan city blocks the second. Halloween costume party. Well there are those of us who drive cars those of us who ride bikes and many of us to do both. The conversation and relationships between bicycle and drivers is not an easy one to tablet a necessary one that we ought to co exist. And share the road and be safe. Joining us on the show to talk about my education and advocacy is Dan five. Executive director of bike easy thanks to being on the show yet thanks so much for having me it's great to be here we'll goes well is that lots of questions comments and lots of opinions about bikers and also couple's car drivers out there what are the challenges to bicycle education and advocacy as you see in this city baby compared to other cities. Tell I think in New Orleans has really. Done a lot and in terms of bicycling over the last you know a few years ten years and it's really exciting to see more people riding bikes. And more people using this alternative form of transportation more than everything has a lot of power to you. Lift up our community to provide. Transportation to job sites and job access to help increase public health and reduce environmental impacts so there's. Lots of good reasons to be excited about this really news Renaissance of biking in New Orleans and of course that comes with some challenges as well as resolutely SO. You know some of the things that we really look at his. Making sure that everyone out there has the skills and abilities to use. Ride confidently and know where how they need to read their bicycles and traffic and also on the flip side that people driving know how you drive around people who are banking right so it's really gusher in the road there's users. General principles around respecting each other and being patient and just paying attention writes that goes for everybody. And of course you have specific rules right with people biking you always want to make sure you're going in the direction of traffic right and I think that's one that. Lot of folks were taught otherwise and they are young but really the statistics and a lot of the scenario show that this the most dangerous thing you can do is to bike against traffic you know that the people drive and are looking for you when they're making their turns are looking for cars going the other way. And so it's really important to write a traffic to follow the traffic laws because you're not blowing through those red lights and stop signs. And it's really just being predictable rates to make sure you're signaling in enough swerving in and out of traffic. You know with the site for people driving. Really the biggest thing is making shares slowed down around people biking so you know speed is the biggest determinant in how bad it crashes rate. And so you wanna make sure you just give people slowdown they give people lot of space and you pass them it's legally mandated to give three feet but. Even more is nice. Social do you think people don't know the rules. I disregard the rules all I just really have some bad habits that they picked up since they stopped to be right with their training wheels when they worry a six. Yeah I mean I think the there's a lot of bad habits out on the road whether it's people like him. And people driving you know I'm in studies show that folks break the rules of him doubt about the same cars and on bikes and you know I see it. I'm biking to work in the morning NIC just as many cars roll through stop signs as vice people on my X ray and so. I think that it's about being reminded of the importance of the rule is right that we're all people on the roadways we've got a place to go in that that person that you are driving by his bike into work could be. You know single mom prisoners who is riding to work to take care of her family could be a lawyer who works downtown it could be a dishwasher enters these people with. That are working hard that are provided for their families have hopes and dreams and I think that we all need to. Remember that we're all just trying to get from point a to point B everybody deserves to do it safely. And that's why the rules are important right and that's so that we all know how to interact on the roadways in a way that. Keeps everybody safe and and makes it accessible makes it so that we can get around and all the winds possible. For John Biden and Favre executive director of bike easy of course will be talking about the website where you can go to learn more about it. Also we're talking about by efficacy and education in New Orleans you mentioned post-Katrina post-Katrina we saw began to see bicycle lanes now are areas talk about that and I think working. How do we co exist. And I think the growth of by equating network in New Orleans has really been fantastic since Katrina has pursued that you know in tune in there about eleven miles of bypass around city and our well over a hundred miles of bike ways. Some of those are just the markings on the Teixeira is on the road Richard. I don't know if they totally count but the idea by claims is really sound we've seen some great success in on esplanade when they put in the by claim. The number of crashes plummeted and we saw almost a tripling in the number of people riding bikes on that street you know an average. At issue were they've done counts before and after more people write or their by claims people are writing in the right direction in them more often people. Are you see more women writing which is usually often seen as a sign of through better feeling of safety and those by claims and so. You know I think we saw a long way to go in terms of building out a Realnetworks. Or makes it so people of all ages and abilities so that. You know hit a nine year old. Parents feel good and in their nine year old ride to the park it's in the neighborhood grain and I'm not sure that that's the case everywhere in the city yet and we wanna you wanna get there by building out that network and I think. There's just an unprecedented opportunity with all the infrastructure investments that have been happening and will continue to happen for the next five to ten years. And that's going to be really exciting to see how what we can do in terms of more and more by cleansing by quiz. So Dan how they determined at this point and what areas of the city does not everywhere over the embassy BD mentioned esplanade and amid city of course the by water. How do you determine who determines what they need to go out. So that's a great question there's not actually really set process as far as I can tell when it's really it's determined by the city of New Orleans at the end of the day. Specifically the department of public works there working you know conjunction no with a bunch of other agencies sometimes depending on the street many of the streets that run through our city are actually. Owned and operated by the state of Louisiana so you think of broad Tulane saint Claude. I'm. Bunch of these are all those and so much of others are actually the state of Louisiana Department of Transportation development he decides. And so that's one thing that we're really calling for as by teasing in the obviously that we do that we want to have. And we want this the city and state and regional governments to work together with the public to. Put out a vision of like we have weird do we need bike lanes we recognize we don't need him on every street but let's make sure that we're getting to all the neighborhoods that were connecting neighborhoods were connecting people from. No of their houses to their jobs from there home to their church to their aggression storage of the park to their kids' school. And that we're really thinking through how we connect people. Do you find that once there are blames our it's easier than people who. Haven't considered using bikes start to look at it because it's an alternative all you can edit and sometimes you just wanna going enabling you don't have to drive there. Yeah absolutely I do having more of that bicycle infrastructure on the street helps inspire folks to. Might you know kind of let their bikes gather dust and your I'll Sherlock let's let thigh area years absolutely. We're joined by dad's farm is the executive director of bike easy talking about co existing and learning and respect and some things that we need to to do as well. There was conversation earlier this summer about a bike boulevards. And well with that and would then be an answer. Yeah I think bike boulevards are one of one. Great tool like to call him neighborhood greener ways because I think it does more than even for people biking it's exit better for people walking for folks who live along the street really slows down on the traffic so they don't have. Highways in the front yard anymore. But that the idea there is you. Create bike lanes and bike ways they should say they go through the low stress quiet residential streets right and then if you can even slowed traffic down there's there's. Interesting sub conscious kind of ways like trees on the side of the street make people go slower you think of esplanade and folks generally go lessons and you know it's a bit more of a casual pace because of all the trees and it creates that shade structures. And there's other things like that is well and I think doing that slowing down traffic even having maybe traffic that gene up after five blocks he gets diverted but people on bikes can go through that's one of the ideas behind them by people's hard. Is really really great way to take advantage of our you know priest tight street grid and help. Just clarify things on the road and make sure that I did people like you have a better read here people driving can still go there it's just people buy dinner prioritized. And in that helps to clear things up on other streets I think that's one thing about cycling in general it's been. To can be really you've soul is that it just makes things clear for everyone right and and Estonia is a good example was that two lanes before it's hard to tell and now it's like OK okay we've got. And we know are people like you should be you know the people driving should be. And I think guns you know some of the bigger streets we need to do even more to treat that separation and have physical separation. How Lou we'll look at the dvd here Rob Bironas yeah you'll see that those barriers are there where that's still the Mike McLean exactly so they you have. You know the reflective posted a little plastic Pollard are not seen it in some cities are they use planters and it looks really nice as well and you can separate. People who know where the cars should beware of people drive and should view of the people fighting should be and it just makes it easier for everyone. Dan talk a little bit about other cities that have bridge the transition because I have conversations with New Orleans people who are here all their lives. And they say what I see a biplane anonymous city's changing. And they just feel and see the pond but how does it work and other cities where you had. The traditional way of doing things and then for whatever reason there was more of a shift thought boy bicycling and and pedestrian walkways and those types of things. Yeah I know it always takes an adjustment you know you think to some of the they agreed that the cities that are known for biking include you know your New York City has a lot of great by committee structure there's the West Coast cities of Portland and Seattle and everywhere it's taken awhile right inane and there's. Just the growing pains of what it's like to sort of go through that transition oh. Getting used to new ways of Peter of how people are getting around right but it's happening all over the place it's also in Memphis and Chattanooga and Austin, Texas right or southern cities. Other southern cities are also on this. Trajectory and and I think one thing that's important to remember about New Orleans is that bicycling has been part of New Orleans for very long time I mean. They're the one of the first bite big by increases in New Orleans as an eighteen TDs on saint Charles before cars were even on the street write some music sharing the road with horse and buggy at that point. And now. Even over the decades well there we see this big resurgence in breaking over the last 1015 years. I mean it's always been a way that people are getting around especially. Folks from low income communities who need transportation nudity and it just really inaccessible form here you know a New Orleans affiliate because it's flat. Relatively small to get around you can actually get from your home your job and I think that there's a lot of folks that. Might not have been in the news or being you know it's the face of efficacy. Around biting but they're just been quietly fighting to get where they're going for decades. And we need people like that was my all the time in New Orleans and it. Absolutely members. You just recently had your bicycle second line how important is it to you have a festive. Approach to advocacy edits to I'm glad you bring that casino along with education and have exe we do a lot of work to encourage people to ride dread and I think that's reminding folks of the joy of by basically there's something about it that it's like. You know brings back to kidding you and so we like to do a couple of times a year bicycle second lines who just had our two in Chile bicycle second line in the partnership incidentally fest and rotor on the neighborhood up on the lakeshore for a minute and came back and finish digitally fast and it's really fun we have to handle any oppressed and was up front on a trailer getting calls and you know have like music while vikings great. And so we like to contribute with those rights a couple of times a year but there's really discreet and growing. Scene of social rides that are happening almost any night of the week in the New Orleans region so you've got. I'm in Gretna on Friday nights over in New Orleans he's done Wednesday nights is the classic one that Spitzer moves around central part of town on Thursday nights you've got. Get up and ride which is a huge drug that popped up on Tuesday night so there's. All these places that people can get together and you know not too there's I should say there's also the rise in the morning with the guys that are doing 3040 miles right. The show up in the I don't know if he'll have a lot of two semi tough in the groups that are doing things like that Italy cycling but and and also to the so shred resistant to huge scene of it and I think. The social right is a really the social rides are really. Important and interesting piece of the growth of bicycling in New Orleans and it's it's kind of New Orleans unique spin on it right that's something that I don't it if they're definitely happening in other cities but not quite to the same degree in that. Quite as often and I think it it's really kind of a cool way of using what we did do so well as in our culture in New Orleans which is gathering together with friends and family just to celebrate and is being together and doing that on bicycles and be able to experience the city through that lens is really. Fantastic and fun thing that's happening more and more fuel grades what's the website our social media people want to follow along yet so quite easy you know our mission is you make bicycling and greater New Orleans easy safe and fun for everyone and we need a lot of help in working together with tons of people so. There's ways to get involved in just a lot more more information on our website at www. Byte easy dot org. A check us out on FaceBook you buy too easy in to Graham and Twitter both quite easy so we can we it's consistent throughout like he's the IP behind us and yeah there's always tons of stuff going on whether it's education classes that we have for kids we have education classes for adults from the quick one hour how to fix up your bike and the basics to doing the multiple day course on how to become an instructor and then we have but that exe ways to get involved helping. To develop our vision for them by network or you know going to City Council chambers. And speaking on behalf of breaking. And and of course those sorts of encouragement works with the second liner like fellas so let things out there are truly involved with the we're excited to work with all the people who created New Orleans to. They are commuting bettors who better bicycling. That saves along and I appreciate you coming in being on the show. Thank you so much for having me. Ali next segment may be of particular interest to all year and rice analyst at. Fans out bare feet and rice coolest dad fan club is hosting a ball to help restore the tomb. A list that. Joining us to talk about the ball are superheroes. President of and rice's vampire analyst at fan club and Deborah versed photographer storyteller and author Deborah latest book is spirits of the buy you. Sanctuaries cemeteries and haunting thanks to being with death. Good morning and I am learning and make the begin with the uses your the president of the and rises with stats and club how that all come about well. It was back in 1988. At the queen of the damned book signing we met and rice. It was a couple of friends in mind. And we we were waiting in line and we decided when we got up they are just talked and rice. We said would you let us you know make a fan club for you. You know we'd like to know what's going on in your life when you gonna be on TV and when you're going to be in a magazine says she no one as far as he knew at that time you know I had done a fan club for her this is 1988 cents. It is before the Internet and everything so. Information was hard to get says she said the list that would love to have a fan club because we know his ego okay right. We we formed and we took payment pencil and paper from the bookstore and we had 35 names and we started fan club and we've we got information from and so usually I was a designated caller. To get information from and rice in and so. We got to know each other. Pretty well. We're gonna talk about the ball in just a moment we're joined by. Sue Q rose and she is president of and rice's vampire this debt fan club as a ball that's coming up. As well as Deborah burst photographer storyteller and author. A spirits of the by use sanctuaries cemeteries and haunting that is her latest book what is it you think is the attraction in the interest in cemeteries. Wolf let me first of all it's the Keener Harry architecture it is in essence historic architecture. That lets face it. It's going to be lost one day if we don't continued to preserve it because we don't have room for cemeteries like this and then of course. You're not gonna see the architecture like we did before I mean after rob. What all my research and of course with my writings show fine in my books that shares how it all started it was actually European architects like payment that built. Churches in historic columns. So for them I said while we can build miniature homes and churches where people have lived for a raft there. And we can do a lot more we can make a lot more money so that's where we're seeing. And of course I write about sanctuaries churches and synagogues which blends together like you have that big. Elaborate historic architecture in the in the smaller architecture and then there's the two weeks on the cemeteries and they're all part. Of the entire. Life cycles. And what is your latest book about a minute then title sanctuaries for cemeteries and Hani fears of the buy you. Well it's the second in the series of my Louisiana sacred places series at Louisiana sacred places was the first book this is the second. And again it follows a trail. Not only historic churches but. Synagogues throughout new Long Island's. And Jewish cemeteries. And cemeteries. From new islands. Through. The North Shore let's eat then goes all the way through home mom bracelet and Morgan City and Franklin. And it was a deliberate try out because. Again. Pretty involved in the environment. And I've written many articles about Castilla rotation so I really wanted to focus on those towns. That has. All this beauty because we never know fifty years and maybe gone so it's kind of attribute to them and then the haunting part is the by news. Both get back to the ball that's coming up not the name of the bowel is. Midnight in a Savage Garden of blood in evil now that was that I think that that was named it and came up with and I just added the savage because. In the then latest book prince. Prince list that. There is a lot of talk about the Savage Garden. This year we're doing rock music. We have skins in bounds that they are a group that drums. And that they use Day of The Dead face makeup. And they are and fabulous scene now and loved them and 2014 when I first had them you know common. March us in and she just loved it says she says I have to have them back if so I am had been through this is the third year weird opening with them. And I have less that as RNC. He's an actor and he's out playing less that. And we have a lot of different characters they've come every year like Louis that Louis Claudia. We have too cautious coming. So I mean we're gonna have a lot of our characters that come every single year I was the event and Wear it while it's on Friday night October the 28. It's that very public and that's in the warehouse district and it starts at 9 PM and we also have some other gothic rock and we have. A DJ for dancing later in the night so we have a lot of things going on we've been joined by sue Ki. Rose president of and rice's vampire list at bank club. And photographer storyteller author writer Deb reversed the latest book is spirits of the by use sanctuaries cemeteries and haunting. And sue where can people find information about the upcoming ball. Well making go to our web site. And it's WWW. A are the Al FC which is the initials of our name dot com. And you can either join the fan club are you don't have to join the fan club if you just wanna go to the ball that tickets are available. We still have some VIP tickets available and we have general mission as well great and Allen also a new website there's some information about. Needham and make up in customs of the people want to know about to say you're right we have you know questions answered you know where to go way to do you where'd he get you know your makeup done and we've been to. To learn more about what Debra does an all of the book signings that are scheduled go to the web site Debra burst dot com. Few and Deborah thank you may read this thank you so much money have always had really enjoyed it. Joining us now are sued to his go president of city bark board as well as he listened to. Who is a board member and not only able admin but a founding board member in fact both sue and eat our founding board members they even being on the show with us today go on ahead Mike you're here to talk about an exciting fun filled event Knoll a city barked back just a little bit about how all of this came about no saint. Master plan after Hurricane Katrina took put the park for that lack of a better term back together again. And we formed a board in approximately it was 2007. My brother was the president of the board of commissioners and asked me to get with sue and Jacki Sharif's. I'm Kathy shrank in a small group of people. To form this board. And put the park together now where's that located Nellis city bark is located. By pops fountain we all know where that is that's been beautifully restored by the park close to the tennis courts. And where the venue is where there are a lot of weddings that was a tent previously the dog park is considered one of the most premiere dog parks in the United States. That is amazing we have it right here so from. The disaster uncertainty now we have this does jewel not only here for our city but around. The country as well as soon is also joining us suit your risk though and she's the cart president of the board. Well this year we having our second annual Halloween party and costing contests. And we are looking for everyone to participate is going to be so much fun dress up the dogs everyone loves Costa Mina dogs. We have lots of prices for. That on many different categories. And I premium prize will be eight years permit you know list city balk. It's an opportunity for nine permit holders to come visit. And see what if they might want to enjoying is a perfect opportunity to dress a B Johnson come have a good time. This is the second the second one what was the response like for your inaugural well it whiz on two years ago actually we do not every the year we do a big. They don't fund raising is call one L one. And this year we decide to bring this back is a small fund raiser. It's sound we don't have any fines to maintain not park and believe it or not it costs a lot of money to keep up talk going that's why we do have a premier park. This is a lot of maintenance we had so many beautiful trees and bushes at constant need maintenance and the dogs. When I Grasso and every year we have to re plan and Elvis Costello pot of money and every other year you Kamal with so well a particular focus of where the money's going to go. We do Ford primarily out larger fund raiser which is still 101 donations fund raiser which was last journal be next year and we usually do have some that want a designated. Function whether it's an on the water feature which a very popular. Our fits. Putting a tree in an area or adding grasses sort of a constant maintenance but done it's it's more tuned to get a big item. To add something to the area. As we have a small dog area and a large dog area and I just wanna say. We have so proud and so many of our board members have been board member since the founding leave with of course added new board members. We have a wonderful. Connection with. The Louisiana SP CA in other rescue organizations. And I don't know soup you mentioned he may have at the beginning part of the proceeds will go to. The animal rescue Fontana. Louisiana all that flooded. Animal that affair Tom so. A small portion of -- proceeds will go to bam we're joined by Souter risk though president city Bart. Board as well as he must sent up also a board member of city bar as well. And you talked about how premiere this park is. A what do you think has been the reason for it really becoming that type of park. Well I think the passion of the board members and the support. Of the park not only does this support the park and if you've been a city park in the last several years she concede that transformation. You know the real influx into the park other than perhaps the museum the sculpture garden. Over the years was that WPA. And you still see. That and the results of that but after Katrina that was the next big influx and development. And in my opinion of the park but I think it's the passion and and the love. For having this base for our animals. As soon there is a little process with the costume contest what you have to do to register like to be a part of on the best thing is to go to knows city bark on our web site and down and find out how to get a calm registration form. We will except the wrong. Don't I'm registrations at the day of the dom event but it's always helpful to calm. To come and register before selling. So give us again the dates in the look you know the location and time for the event that's coming up and the fact that a portion of the proceeds help Louisiana split it rescue animals. It's not Sunday October 23. Beginning at 330. The registration in the gathering would be outside the gates of the park. And then have I think what for thirty sue will go across so the field to the rugby field to have sort of a little. Parade. But they. For the judges stick to Jack dot contests and we we've purposely put this event at 330 because I ghost saints will be playing even though veal way. We'll have time T get there after the game because up parading and costume judging won't calm until fourth there. So did you play any time I come on now sue and you thank you so much for being with us and again before releases ridiculous. You the website or social media how to keep track of what's happening it's on no list city Dark Knight in OC need to encore. Very good things are being with that they can he do thanks for happiness. And that is our shield for today's think he's so much for joining us I'm being your host Monica the year until next time enjoy this Sunday and the rest of you who.