About the Coalition
The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition is a group of organizations, businesses, civic leaders, and everyday people who support improving our roadways and safe transportation options in order to enhance health, equity, sustainability, prosperity, and quality-of-life for the people of New Orleans.
We believe in constructing streets in a way that best accommodates all people safely and easily, no matter how they travel – whether driving, walking, biking, taking transit, and/or using mobility-assistance devices.
From 2010 – 2015, the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) worked to provide technical and community input to the City Council of New Orleans for decisions pertaining to transportation. With the help of STAC, the New Orleans City Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance in 2011. STAC continued working on a number of issues, including transit improvements, autonomous vehicle research, car share policy, bike and walk safety planning, and more.
In 2016, members from STAC reconstituted as a new group, the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition, to support implementation of an updated Complete Streets Policy for New Orleans. Based on national best practices and the unique context and history of New Orleans, these organizations, ranging from advocates for healthcare policy, transportation, to neighborhood associations, sports and youth clubs, focused on the need for data-driven, equity-focused, and an accountable approach for creating safe, accessible, sustainable streets in New Orleans. The Coalition has continued to grow.
The Coalition is still working to secure the update to the New Orleans Complete Street policy. To those ends, the Coalition has conducted extensive grassroots organizing, garnered significant media attention, organized large-scale educational events, worked closely with decision-makers, and proposed specific policy recommendations.
As the update to the Complete Streets policy inches closer to reality, the Coalition is looking to maintain momentum and work hard to support effective implementation of the Complete Streets Program and other initiatives that will help reorganize our roadways to provide safe transportation options for all, to help us live with water, and to create public spaces that promote a high quality-of-life.
Let’s move forward!