Moving New Orleans Bikes now spans both banks of the Mississippi!
On July 7th and 9th, the City hosted two community design teleconferences for ‘complete streets’ improvements coming to the east bank of New Orleans, the first for the French Quarter & the Marigny, the second for Central City & the Lower Garden District. Over 150 people joined online or called-in to see and hear about the proposed changes.
Parking-protected bike lanes, new crosswalks, and bus stops are just some of what’s planned to improve safety and access on Elysian Fields Avenue, MLK Boulevard and adjoining streets. These two major and consistently dangerous streets have seen a combined 1708 crashes over the past five years. As the first Moving New Orleans Bikes facilities installed in east bank neighborhoods, these improvements will bring more safety, more access, and less stress for everyone using these streets.
On Saturday July 11th, our coalition’s first mini-grant awardee, Old Algiers Main Street Corporation, hosted a ‘Complete Streets Open House’. 15 neighborhood leaders and business owners met with Councilmember Kristin Palmer and representatives from our coalition about the benefits of the parking-protected bikeways and parking lanes on Newton Street, and what’s to come for the low-stress network that will soon connect other Algiers neighborhoods, from the Point to Cutoff.
We’re proud to see how many people are excited about improving New Orleans streets, and we wanted to take a moment to hear from you about why you support complete streets and how you’d like to engage in this movement.
Over the coming months, you’re going to see complete streets and improved mobility infrastructure popping up all over New Orleans. This is just the beginning.
As part of Moving New Orleans Bikes, 75 miles of low-stress bikeways are being built this year throughout the city. At every step, our coalition will be advocating for more safety and less stress for everyone using the road, and we want you there with us.