Mayor – Information – September 2020 – Shifting New Orleans Bikes Releases New Orleans Bikeway Blueprint Digital Map, Govt Abstract
NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell right this moment launched the New Orleans Bikeway Blueprint, which lays out the plan to remodel neighborhoods into multi-modal communities the place folks and locations are linked by bicycle, automotive, pedestrian and transit networks.
“Since day one in all this administration now we have put fairness on the entrance of our transportation work. We all know that with 1 in 5 residents having no entry to a automotive, they want extra choices to get across the metropolis. That is why we’re excited to finalize a plan to offer higher bike services for our residents. Now greater than ever, bicycle infrastructure is essential to enhancing folks’s entry and mobility, and we’re taking the steps to make that occur,” mentioned Mayor Cantrell.
“Bettering and increasing our biking infrastructure has lengthy been a precedence of mine, and now because of the pandemic, we’re seeing extra folks than ever utilizing bikes for each work and recreation. We have to proceed investing in protected lanes throughout the town and increase our community to accommodate clear needs from New Orleanians to bike extra. If we’re to proceed transferring ahead as a extra progressive metropolis, it is vital to assist this progress and direct extra folks away from vehicles and in direction of extra sustainable transportation choices,” mentioned Kristin Gisleson Palmer, District C Metropolis Councilmember and Chair of the Transportation Committee.
The Shifting New Orleans Bikes Planning Venture kicked off in 2019 and has formally concluded the Citywide Bike Planning effort. This planning undertaking was made attainable with assist from Individuals for Bikes in 2019, and is a collaborative effort between the Division of Public Works and the Mayor’s Workplace of Transportation. Read the executive summary here. See the map under.
“The digital model of the bikeway blueprint is a brand new and highly effective software for participating and updating the group on our progress. New Orleans has come a good distance lately and the digital blueprint supplies a transparent course for future enhancements,” mentioned Jennifer Ruley, Mobility and Security Lead for the Division of Public Works and supervisor of the Shifting New Orleans Bikes undertaking.
“Mayor Cantrell dedicated to quickly increasing and enhancing the bikeway community by developing 75 miles of latest bike infrastructure in two years, and we’re excited that the Division of Public Works is finishing up that initiative,” mentioned Laura Bryan, Director, Mayor’s Workplace of Transportation.
The development element of the Shifting New Orleans Bikes undertaking kicked off in Algiers in late 2019, and is now increasing into the Central Metropolis, Decrease Backyard District, French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Central Enterprise District, and Seventh Ward neighborhoods. Further East Financial institution neighborhoods might be introduced sooner or later.
Bicycle ridership has been growing yearly, with current dramatic will increase because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to now a number of months, New Orleans has seen ridership on sure routes enhance 158 %, in line with knowledge collected by UNO Transportation Institute.
Any feedback or questions on both the Blueprint may be despatched to email@example.com.
Be taught extra about Shifting New Orleans Bikes by visiting the web site right here. Observe Shifting New Orleans on Fb and Instagram at @movingneworleans.
# # #