Safe Bridges Campaign
Bridges need to be safe and easy to cross for all users
Success! A new dedicated walk/bike shared-use path will be built into the replacement Wisner Boulevard Bridge along Bayou St. John. One of the top 10 problem bridges identified in our 2013 survey, the prior bridge has recently been taken down, making way for a new 1,800 foot bridge that includes 12 feet of bike lanes and sidewalks. Additionally, the Wisner Shared Use Path will be extended from the new bridge all the way to Esplanade, where it will meet the Esplanade Bike Lanes. This will be the first river-to-lake connection of dedicated bicycle facilities!
After working on St. Claude Bridge safety, we realized that we needed to expand the campaign to include critical bridges, underpasses and overpasses to truly connect the bicycle network.
Bridges, overpasses, and underpasses are often the only reasonable option for bikers to get to where they need to go. This was reflected by the results of a recent survey given by Bike Easy in which 70% of respondents said they encounter bridges, overpasses, or underpasses that must cross on their common routes and feel unsafe doing so. Worse yet, 77% of respondents said they go out of their way to avoid bridges, overpasses, or underpasses along their usual routes.