Bike Easy Executive Director and New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition Executive Committee Member Dan Favre has issued the following statement on behalf of the Coalition regarding the fatal hit-and-run car crash that killed a bicyclist on Canal St. Thursday evening:
“With the devastating news of a person killed while biking in Mid-City by a driver who fled the scene, we are again sending condolences to the loved ones of someone whose life has been senselessly cut short. Just a few weeks ago, it was a person walking who was struck and killed at N. Claiborne and Elysian Fields Avenues.
These heartbreaking incidents remind us all of the intense urgency to build the physical infrastructure and cultural norms that enable everyone to travel safely. We need streets designed to ensure the safety of everyone using them – people biking, driving, walking, or stepping off a bus or streetcar.
Nearly 20% of New Orleans households don’t have access to a motor vehicle, and many others choose to walk, bike, or take transit for health, affordability, lifestyle, or other reasons. Every resident and every family deserves as many safe transportation options as possible – to get to work, school, the store, a friend’s house, or wherever they are going.
It’s more important than ever that our city, regional, and state governments, along with the entire community, work together to build safe and accessible streets for everyone.”
About The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition
The New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition is a group of organizations, businesses, civic leaders and community members 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. Learn more at nolacompletestreets.org.