New Orleans Bike Advocacy group Bike Easy will be hosting its latest "Bicycle Second Line" on Saturday, October 5th. Riding from Noon until 2 p.m. Bike Easy has also held two-wheeled second lines at Po-Boy Fest and Bayou Boogaloo.
Part of Bike Easy's largest membership drive of the year, the second line is free to all and will feature the Pocket Aces Brass band and an NOPD escort. The eight-mile bike ride starts at Ponchartrain Park and ends with an after party at Gentilly Fest, with two rest stops in between.
Participants are encouraged to sign up with Bike Easy online in advance of the ride or to buy a $15 t-shirt to support Bike Easy. Local businesses are also encourage to sign up as sponsors for the event. More information can be found on Bike Easy's web site and photos of past events can be viewed on their Facebook page.
Formed in 2003, Bike Easy's mission is to "make bicycle riding in New Orleans easy, safe, and fun." Along with second lines and community workshops, the group also advocates for better bicycle safety and provides free bike valet services at local concerts and festivals.
In 2011, New Orleans was named one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the U.S. by the League of American Bicyclists and was named the 43rd-best bicycle city by Cycling Magazine's 2012 Editor's Choice issue. New Orleans is on track to have 80 miles of bike lanes by the end of the year.