Big Changes in the Streets

Posted by Dan Favre on September 17, 2018 in Advocacy

Contact your elected officials to support Connect The Crescent

Baronne Street is looking beautiful! Thanks to the support of well over 100 volunteers, our many sponsors and partners, and the community enthusiasm, Connect The Crescent is well underway. Can you do one or two things to help keep the momentum high?

  1. Please take a moment today to let the Mayor and City Council know that you support the improved mobility options being demonstrated by Connect The Crescent, and
  2. Stop by to support the local businesses on Baronne Street and let them know how much you appreciate the new street design.

Streets built to share support economic development, public health, and livability, but unfortunately, the changes we’re demonstrating have upset a few politically powerful people.

Since the majority of the feedback we’ve gotten so far has been overwhelmingly positive, I want to make sure the supportive messages are also getting to our elected officials and decision-makers.

Can you take a moment today to email Mayor Cantrell and the City Council today to let them know why you support Connect The Crescent and improved mobility options for all the people of New Orleans?

It’s easy! You can just cut and paste the email addresses below, and then send a note explaining why you want better conditions for walking and biking. A personal note with your own views and feelings is most impactful, and I put some prompts and ideas to get you started below.

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Making a phone call can be even more impactful, especially if you’ve got a relationship with your Councilmember. You can find their office phone numbers here.

The best messages are short and sweet, personalized, and specific. Here are some talking points to help get you started:

  • I ride my bike /walk regularly to …. [explain your riding/walking habits], and I support streets built to share because…
  • I love the safe feeling of riding on the new protected bikeways on Baronne Street and at the end of the Lafitte Greenway!
  • I appreciate being able to reach destinations downtown, like local businesses, by bicycle, public transit, and walking.
  • Thanks for supporting streets built to share that are safe and accessible to everyone, no matter how they get around.
  • Improved mobility options create economic, public health, equity, and livability benefits for our city.
  • I’ve really enjoyed riding, walking, and driving on the finished sections of the temporary network – the Baronne / OC Haley corridor connection, the Lafitte Greenway – French Quarter connection, and the Algiers Ferry connection on Canal / Tchoupitoulas. And it’s been fun spending time at local businesses on Baronne, eating and drinking and watching all the happy people go by on the new two-way protected bikeway. The number of folks who have stopped to offer compliments and thanks for the work has also been really inspiring!

Let’s make sure our elected officials and the businesses on Baronne are also feeling the love. Thanks for sharing your support and appreciation with them, just like you have with us.

These are exciting times. Thanks for taking the ride with us!

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