The First On-Road Protected Bike Lane in Jefferson Parish
Experience the comfort and safety of riding in protected bike lanes on Loyola Drive until April 15.
This past Saturday volunteers, Bike Easy and City of Kenner staff, and Complete Streets Ambassadors successfully installed the first protected bike lanes in Jefferson Parish. Although the lanes on Loyola Drive are temporary and will be taken down on April 15, this is a huge step forward for the movement to bring streets built to share to all neighborhoods in Jefferson Parish.
Share your thoughts on the Kenner pop-up protected bikeway with Bike Easy by filling out this online survey.
The bike lanes we created span six blocks along Loyola Drive going both lake-bound and river-bound between West Esplanade and East / West Loyola. We created a 3-foot buffer in the existing “No Parking” lane, using barricades and cones as a physical separation between traffic and bikers. Now people biking down Loyola Drive, instead of jostling for space on the sidewalk or worrying about their safety when biking in the “No Parking” lane, can feel comfortable and protected while they go to the store, a park, or work their way to the levee trails. We chose to create a protected bike lane because across the country, bike lanes with some sort of physical barrier – whether planters, plastic bollards, or a row of parked cars – have proven safer for everyone on the street versus just a painted line separating bikes from cars.
This project would not have been possible without the help of dozens of amazing volunteers. They came from all over the region and some helped starting right at dawn, after some coffee of course. Two of our volunteers, Justin and Hannah, even biked all the way from the Upper Ninth Ward in New Orleans, about a 50-mile round-trip! Throughout the day these volunteers sprayed lines on the road, put in green intersection crossings to increase the awareness of turning cars, and placed barricades and cones along the route to create a physical separation between cars and bikers. Those who arrived on bike left at the end of the day being able to bike down a protected bikeway they had just created!
To celebrate this project’s success, the City of Kenner and Bike Easy will be hosting a community event on Friday, April 6 at 10 AM in the parking lot of the Wentwood Playground. We’ll be gathering your opinions via survey and hearing from elected officials, local business owners, and community residents about this project. We hope to see you there!
Already biked the Kenner Pop-Up Protected Bikeway and want to have your voice heard now? Fill out this online survey.