Connect the Crescent Installation Begins
Over 50 volunteers started improving Baronne Street on Saturday, Sept 8
What an amazing day!! Bike Easy and partners, with support from the City of New Orleans, began work today to improve the configuration of Baronne Street as part of Connect The Crescent, a 3-month demonstration of improved mobility options. Nearly 50 volunteers came out to install the demonstration to show how Baronne Street can be transformed to safely and equitably serve everyone who travels in New Orleans by converting its buffered bike lane into a fully protected corridor, giving both people biking and people driving peace of mind (and their own space) on the road. It was inspiring to see so many people come together and get their hands dirty working to improve mobility, safety, and quality-of-life.
Some of the temporary materials for the “pop-up” demonstration require dry pavement for many hours before and after installation, and a portion of the installation has been delayed due to weather.
People are advised to continue using Baronne Street as before – parking on the curb on both sides of the street, the left lane for people in motor vehicles, and the right lane for people riding bicycles.
Depending on weather, changes will be completed over the coming days, and the reconfiguration will be instituted until mid-December. Once complete, the Baronne Street configuration will feature the same number of parking and motor vehicle lanes while adding a parking protected 2-way bikeway. For more details on the Baronne Street installation and redesign, visit http://www.connectthecrescent.com/the-network.