Connect the Crescent—Looking Forward + Video

Posted by Heather Haylett on January 10, 2019 in Advocacy

Check out the video of Blake, Frank, and Hannah taking us on a tour of the Connect the Crescent network and telling us why it matters.

Last fall, we did something big.

Bike Easy and community partners, working with the City of New Orleans, endeavored to temporarily remake several miles of roadways in and around downtown. We did so to showcase the concept of a connected, protected biking, walking, and transit network. The idea was simple: make it easy, safe, and accessible for local residents to commute between their home and jobs downtown.

Check out the video below of Blake, Frank, and Hannah taking us on a tour of the Connect the Crescent network and telling us why it matters.

  • Share it with your friends
  • Show the Mayor and City Council why this matters by sharing it on your social media and tagging them (eg- mayorcantrell, jaybanks)
  • Comment and show your support with #connectthecrescent

This project happened because of one thing: you, New Orleans citizens committed to making biking and walking an everyday choice for everyone in every neighborhood. You came out in the heat, the rain, and you built 2.5 miles of protected bikeways. You were the centerpiece of a transformative collaboration between regular citizens, a small non-profit, and our city government. You built something special for the entire community and did so at a cost of roughly ZERO local tax dollars.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Connect the Crescent was designed to be a temporary demonstration and during it’s three months of operation, thousands of local residents got to experience a new, safe way to get around town. Conversations were started, valuable data was collected, and a wealth of community feedback was generated for public officials to make use of ahead of forthcoming permanent, protected bikeway installations across the city. As you read this right now, we’re busy assembling a report which will detail all we’ve learned. We’ll be sharing those findings over the coming weeks.

So, thanks for riding. Thanks for being out there with us. We’re just getting started.

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