Taylor Gorman’s Ride to Promote Streets Built to Share
Read about a Complete Streets Ambassador’s 100 mile journey and how you can help strategize to create change.
You may have noticed Complete Streets Ambassador, Taylor Gorman, overtaking our social media recently. She went on a 100-mile bike ride to promote streets built to share throughout Greater New Orleans. Using Bike Easy’s New Orleans Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling, Taylor traveled areas from the lower 9th Ward to the Lakefront to Algiers (via the ferry). She experienced smooth paths through Gentilly and along the Lafitte Greenway, making it easy to get from Mid City to Downtown. She also discovered parts of the city lacking safe pathways for people biking or even walking.
Take a look at our Instagram @BikeEasy to see all of her pictures and thoughts on biking throughout New Orleans.
Along her journey, Taylor took note of many new changes like the bike lanes on Rampart Street, while other roadways seemed long overdue for improvements such as St. Claude Avenue and the Claiborne bridge connecting the Upper and Lower 9th Ward.
As a Complete Streets Ambassador, Taylor is passionate about advocating for streets built to share for everyone – people biking, people walking, people taking transit, and for people driving. In New Orleans, Complete Streets policy was passed in 2011, aiming to develop roadways that integrate vehicle transportation with people walking and on bikes. While we’ve seen much progress, New Orleans streets still have a long way to go to. With the help of Taylor (and her fellow Complete Streets Ambassadors), the cause of safe, accessible streets for every neighborhood of New Orleans is in motion.
If you’ve ever felt like you have solutions for improved streets in your area, but are lacking strategies to create change, a new focus in Bike Easy’s Complete Streets Campaign is promoting neighborhood-based biking and walking committees. These committees are designed to give voice to community residents, working with Bike Easy and local government officials.