Voting in the Upcoming Elections?

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

For the last two months, Bike Easy has been working with a coalition of transportation, public health, environmental and community-based organizations in New Orleans to draft a candidate questionnaire for candidates in the upcoming City Council and Mayoral Elections.

We are happy to announce that we have just released the first transportation-focused Voter’s Guide for New Orleans, Transportation for Livable Communities, which includes candidate responses to our most pressing questions about walking, biking and transit in the city. To see the guide, check out http://www.transportationforlivablecommunities.org!

Since we are a nonprofit, we do not endorse candidates – but the Voter’s Guide gives you candidate positions on several issues related to sustainable, safe, affordable and healthy transportation choices, such as:

  • Public transit,
  • Programs for pedestrian and bicycle safety,
  • Neighborhood parks and green spaces,
  • Implementing the city’s Complete Streets ordinance,
  • and transportation needs for all New Orleans residents, especially seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families.

In New Orleans, 19 percent of households don’t have access to a vehicle, and transportation is the second highest expenditure for families – so for many New Orleans residents, having sustainable, safe, affordable and healthy transportation is vital in order to access jobs and critical services. Bike Easy and our partners wanted to ensure that these important quality-of-life issues were covered in the run-up to the election. Check it out for yourself: http://www.transportationlivablecommunities.org !

The Primary Election is February 1st – for more information about elections and voting in Orleans Parish, visit http://www.geauxvote.com.

About Transportation for Livable Communities:

The Voter’s Guide was drafted by a coalition of organizations advocating for equitable access to sustainable, safe, affordable, and healthy transportation choices in all New Orleans neighborhoods. Member organizations include: Bike Easy, Friends of the Lafitte Corridor, KidsWalk Coalition at Tulane University, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Merritt C. Becker Jr. Transportation Institute at the University of New Orleans, Stay Local/Urban Conservancy, Ride New Orleans, Sierra Club, and the VAYLA New Orleans.

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