Complete Streets NOLA – Algiers Peace Rides
PART 1: General Ride Instructions:
During the Algiers Peace Rides, we will be utilizing the mindfulness principle of riding in the moment. The goal is to experience each of the protected bike lanes designed by the New Orleans Complete Streets by noticing your surroundings, being aware of the present moment and putting aside thoughts of the past or future. While you may be riding with a partner or in a group, we ask that you focus your attention on the following prompts that will help you complete (PART III: Participant Ride Verification/Survey) for your chosen ride:
Notice safety issues:
- Notice potential dangers that need to be addressed;
- Road hazards, pedestrian and/or driver violations;
- Other safety concerns.
Notice social opportunities and challenges:
While you’re observing practices that can promote safety and save lives, we also ask you to enjoy your ride.
- Notice landmarks that you normally pass right up;
- What businesses are on your route? How many and what services are available?
- What recreational activities exist that you can schedule to participate in?
- Are people gathering on porches, street corners, neutral grounds etc.? What appears to be the nature of these gatherings?
- Note any blighted property or new construction on the corridor.
Notice the Mindful ABC’s:
Take a portion of your ride to simply notice your mindful ABC’s:
- Mindful Action – Being aware of what you are doing as you do it. (Notice each rotation of the pedal, squeezing of the hand brake or ringing of the bell.)
- Mindful Breathing – Being aware of how you are breathing as you breathe. (Notice the connection of your breath to each rotation of the pedal.) Being aware of your feelings as you feel them.
- Mindful Centering – Being aware of your thoughts as you think them. (Notice the clicking sound of each rotation of the pedal or the sound of the bell when you ring it or other sounds in the area. Notice thoughts as they come and go, but as much as possible, redirect your attention back to the reflection prompts if you find your mind wandering.)