Moving New Orleans Bikes >> 7th Ward & Downriver Neighborhoods

N. Galvez Protected BIkeway in the 7th Ward

Moving New Orleans Bikesis a city-wide vision for more than 600 miles of improved “low-stress” bikeways and walkways connecting every neighborhood in New Orleans, and is the leading Complete Streets initiative in Mayor Cantrell’s overall transportation plan, Moving New Orleans.

The first 75 miles of new protected bikeways, bike/walk boulevards, high-visibility crosswalks, bus stops and bus islands, and new and refurbished sidewalks are currently being built in Algiers and neighborhoods adjacent to downtown New Orleans, before expanding to other areas of the city.

The 7th Ward and Downriver neighborhoods such as Faubourg St. John, St. Roch, Gentilly, and Mid-City will receive nearly 12 miles of protected bikeways and other street safety improvements such as extended curbs, improved signage, and roadway repairs. 

You can read more about the City’s proposed plans for Complete Streets in this area by clicking here to read our blog post.

Click on any of the buttons to the left to learn more about how these street safety infrastructure improvements will bring more safety and less stress to the 7th Ward’s and Downriver neighborhood’s streets.

The blue lines represent where streets will receive Complete Streets infrastructure improvements.

Franklin & St. Bernard - Highlighted Complete Streets

Franklin Avenue

A main thoroughfare for many New Orleanians, Franklin Avenue is about to receive significant improvements. Currently, Franklin has no bike lanes on the river side of the Franklin Ave Overpass. Between 2014 and 2018, there were 814 crashes, 14 involving people biking, and 21 involving people walking.

While talking with residents on Franklin, it’s clear to us that too many people speed down this street, contributing to the high number of crashes. The City’s plans include adding parking-protected bike lanes and removing one lane of vehicular traffic in both directions. These changes will serve to calm traffic while allowing everyone using this busy street to commute with more safety and less stress.

St. Bernard Avenue

Out of all the streets slated for improvement, St. Bernard Avenue unfortunately has the highest number of crashes between 2014 and 2018 – 896 – with 24 involving people biking, 23 involving people walking. As a highly used corridor with many complicated intersections, the people traveling, living, and working on St. Bernard desperately need Complete Streets improvements.

The proposed improvements will turn St. Bernard’s bike lane into a parking protected bike lane, with a buffer zone to prevent car door crashes. For such a busy street with many businesses on it, these improvements will ensure that everyone who walks, bikes, drives or takes public transit on St. Bernard can do so with more safety and less stress and support their local businesses.

Because fewer cars on the streets means less emissions. The more people riding bikes the better it is for our atmosphere, as well as creating a positive impact on our community health, the rate of hypertension, etc.People need to remember that African-American communities are the most affected by climate change. Green infrastructure, which is an absolutely critical element of Complete Streets reduces the affects and harm of climate change.

Angela Chalk, 7th Ward Resident

To read more about why Angela Chalk supports Complete Streets and got herself a yard sign click here

Public Meetings

Officials from the City of New Orleans held a conceptual design meeting to present their proposed plans for street safety and accessibility improvements on Tuesday, November 17th 2019.

You can view the slides from the community design meeting presentation by clicking here.

On Tuesday February 23rd, officials from the City helda pre-construction meeting where they presented their final plans to build Complete Streets in the 7th Ward areas, and responded to community feedback on their previous plans. You can view the slides from the presentation and the final design plans by clicking here.

There is one more pre-construction planned to discuss improvements coming to Franklin Avenue and St. Bernard Avenue, though a date has not yet been set. 

 

Here are the corridors that were discussed: