Happening Now - Building Pop-Up Bikeways & Walkways
Help us show New Orleans a new vision of safe ways to bike and walk around town
More and more people are biking in New Orleans – commuting to work and to school, meeting friends, staying healthy. But despite the progress that’s been made, we still have too few safe passageways across town. Preventable crashes are all too common. Whether we’re just beginning to ride or have been biking New Orleans streets our whole lives, we all need safe and reliable ways to get from Point A to Point B.
Beginning this summer, Bike Easy is launching a series of short-run “pop-up” projects to demonstrate how New Orleans streets can be made safe for everyone who uses them. Under the banner, #IBikeNola, with your input we will be picking streets and trouble spots to make safer in neighborhoods all across New Orleans, by turning a painted lane into a protected bikeway, adding crosswalks at a dangerous intersection, or a rest area to an empty transit stop. Each installation will last for only a matter of days or weeks. Our hope is to show what should exist so as to build support for improved biking and walking infrastructure across the city.
The first #IBikeNola installation will be a ‘pop-up’ protected bikeway on St Bernard Avenue, between Saint Claude Avenue and Claiborne Avenue. One of the most heavily biked areas in all New Orleans, protecting riders along this main thoroughfare will do much to improve safety and peace of mind for commuters from the 7th Ward, Gentilly, and neighborhoods alongside City Park and up to the lakefront and UNO. Installation is scheduled to begin the weekend of July 29th and will be open for use from July 31st – August 11th.
Bike Easy is utilizing staff, recruiting volunteers, and providing funding for this project. Help from community residents and local institutions are necessary to make it a success – canvassing neighborhood residents and businesses, collaborating on the design and art work, volunteering for installation and removal, and donating funds and/or materials are what we need to bring a vision of safe passageways to our neighborhoods. We hope you’ll be a part of this vital work!
Come to our standing weekly #IBikeNola Meeting, this Wednesday at 6pm at the Corpus Christi Epiphany Community Center, to hear more about the project and get involved!