Budget for Bikes
Speak up for safe bicycling at the City’s “Budgeting for Outcomes” community meetings
Ever wanted to tell the Mayor how important safe bicycling is to you? Have an idea for improving bicycling that you’d like to share with city officials? Want to say thanks for that bike lane in your neighborhood that you use everyday?
Please come out to the upcoming “Budgeting for Outcomes” meetings to show your support for safe bicycling and walking in the City of New Orleans! See a schedule (also below) and let us know if you can make it here.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to know about the details of the city budget or be an expert on traffic engineering to participate. Mayor Landrieu, City Councilmembers, and other city leaders will be there simply to hear about what you would like the City to focus on in the coming year. We want to ensure that making bicycling easy, fun, and safe for everyone is high on the list of priorities!
At the meetings, you can submit your input in writing and make public comments, and it’s incredibly important that they hear from those who ride bicycles, walk to get around, and ride transit in New Orleans. It’s really easy to do, and it’s fun to participate!
The most valuable thing you can do is to tell your personal story about biking (for fun? to go to work? to run errands?), say thanks for the biking improvements we’ve seen so far, and ask for the Mayor to continue focusing on bicycling safety and convenience. This show of public support is crucial to securing future improvements!
While it’s certainly not required, you are also more than welcome to share your more specific ideas at the meeting. Here are a few suggestions from Bike Easy:
- build more protected bike lanes and bicycle boulevards,
- create a bicycle master plan that lays out a vision for connecting the city’s neighborhoods with comfortable, low-stress bikeways,
- provide more public bicycle parking,
- hire a transportation coordinator in City Hall, and
- use bicycling as a tool in the City’s efforts to improve resilience and equity.
To continue improving bicycling in New Orleans, we need people who ride bikes and those who care about us to let Mayor Landrieu and City Council know there is public support for better bicycling. Please come out to these community meetings to ask for easy, safe, fun bicycling for all!
Schedule of “Budgeting for Outcomes” Community Meetings
Meetings are from 6pm to 8pm on:
- Wednesday, July 6 – District A at Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Dr
- Thursday, July 7 – District C at Alice M Harte Charter School, 5300 Berkeley Dr
- Monday, July 11 – District E at Household of Faith, 9300 I-10 Service Rd
- Wednesday, July 13 – District D at Corpus Christi Church Resource Center, 2202 St. Bernard Ave
- Thursday, July 14 – District B at KIPP Central City Academy, 2514 3rd St