New Orleans’ newest bicycle map intro’d for Bike to Work Day, The Times-Picayune
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016
By Richard Rainey
As scores of commuters hopped on their bicycles Wednesday to partake in Bike to Work Day, advocates for more inclusion of bikes in New Orleans’ transportation system rolled out their latest map of suggested routes through the Crescent City.
The 2016 map takes into account that the city’s layer of bike lanes has exploded in the past 10 years, growing from less than five miles to more than 105 miles.
“No public dollars will be spent on the implementation, operation or maintenance of the system,” according to a statement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration.
“There’s so many new lanes being put in that this map may be out of date in a couple weeks,” said Dan Favre, executive director of the advocacy group Bike Easy.
The map represents a combo of official dedicated bike lanes, those streets marked to warn drivers and cyclists alike to share the road and routes that surveys of cyclists have suggested provide the easiest passage around the city, said Dan Jatres, pedestrian and bicycling program manager for the Regional Planning Commission.
Those suggested, unofficial bicycle pathways have often turned into roads with new bike lanes or shared lanes, but that isn’t necessarily a goal of the map, he continued. It’s not supposed to be a planning guide. It’s more a record of how the cycling community perceives New Orleans.
“There’s going to be some subjectivity from individual to individual, whether they want to use any given route on the map,” Jatres said.
It’s been three years since Bike Easy has updated the routes, but already projects afoot are likely to outpace it in the next few weeks. New lanes on St. Bernard, Esplanade, Napoleon and even Jackson avenues could be in the works.
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