Updated Statement: Vision Zero for New Orleans

Posted by Jamie Wine on July 18, 2014 in Advocacy, Bicycle Safety

Zero Traffic-Related Deaths: Our Vision for New Orleans

On Thursday, July 17th, Phillip “Geric” Geck was killed while bicycling in the Westbound bike lane on St. Claude Avenue—a State route—at the Elysian Fields intersection.

Known to be a dangerous intersection—another bicyclist died at the same site a few years ago—the existing design with faded markings is flawed and unacceptable. It is also unacceptable, that despite being struck by a commercial tractor-trailer truck making a right-turn in the lakeside direction—crossing over the travel lane Geck was in, NOPD did not issue the driver a traffic citation at the crash site.

Our hearts go out to Phillip, his family, and friends.

In honor of Phillip and committed to preventing crashes and promoting safety on our streets, Bike Easy is:

  • Contacting State representatives & the La. Department of Transportation & Development;
  • Communicating with City Councilmembers & the Mayor’s Office;
  • Formulating design & policy recommendations with input from our members & advocates;
  • Creating a formal campaign that all advocates are invited to join.

Stay tuned for details on Bike Easy’s full campaign. In the interim, we highly encourage you to reach out to your State and City representatives.

See the Louisiana State legislature look-up page here and the City Council District map here. A list of contacts are below.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

State of Louisiana
Department of Transportation and Development
Sherri Lebas
Secretary
1201 Capitol Access Road
Baton Rouge, LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 379-1232
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Department of Transportation and Development
Scott Boyle
DOTD Assistant District Administrator of Engineering
1201 Capitol Access Road
Baton Rouge, LA, 70802
Phone: (225) 379-1232
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City Of New Orleans
Mayor’s Office – City of New Orleans
1300 Perdido Street, 2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-4900
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Councilmember-at-Large
Stacy Head
City Hall, Room 2W40
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1060
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Councilmember-at-Large
Jason Rogers Williams
City Hall, Room 2W50
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1070
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District “A”
Susan G. Guidry
City Hall, Room 2W80
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1010
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District “B”
LaToya Cantrell
City Hall, Room 2W10
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1020
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District “C”
Nadine M. Ramsey
City Hall, Room 2W70
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1030
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District “D”
Jared C. Brossett
City Hall, Room 2W20
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1040
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District “E”
James Austin Gray II
City Hall, Room 2W60
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1050
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