#iBikeNOLA Pop-Up Protected Bike Lanes on St. Bernard Avenue

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

_For immediate release
August 1, 2017_

Contact: Dan Favre, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 504-321-1247

WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, August 1st at 4:30pm

WHERE: Corner of St. Bernard Avenue and N. Villere Street

WHAT: Bike Easy, in partnership with the City of New Orleans, is launching a demonstration of protected bike lanes on St. Bernard Avenue between N. Rampart and N. Claiborne that will last from August 1st through 11th. Protected bike lanes separate people riding bikes from motor vehicle traffic, improving safety and comfort for people biking, walking, and driving. Residents, business owners, and the general public are invited to come give their feedback on the proposed street configuration. There will be short speeches from project organizers and participants.

WHO:

  • Merrick Brown, born and raised 7th Ward resident
  • Carolyn “Totsie” Polledo, owner of The First and Last Stop Bar
  • Cherryana Gordon, Bike Easy Youth Ambassador
  • Monica Kelly, artist with studio on St. Bernard Avenue
  • Cassandra Roumo, Girl Trek New Orleans City Advocate & a Complete Streets Ambassador

EXCELLENT VISUALS: With streets temporarily repainted, unprecedented green bike lane intersection crossings, artistically decorated barricades/dividers, examples of new bike lane signage, and more, the demonstration bike lanes offer fantastic visuals. At the Community Kickoff event, there will also be an appearance by a decorated bike club and interactive ways for people to give feedback on the temporary bike lanes.

WHY: To engage the community and build support for streets built to share that are safe for all people — whether biking, walking, driving, taking transit, or using mobility devices. Everyone can give feedback on the project at http://www.bikeeasy.org or, beginning on August 2nd, in person at Circle Foods (1522 St. Bernard Ave.) and Ray’s on the Avenue (1139 St. Bernard Ave.).

BACKGROUND: Bike Easy, the American Heart Association, and a growing coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals are advocating for an improved Complete Streets policy that leads to safe travel conditions for all people, improves health equity, and builds a connected network of low-stress bikeways. We want complete streets that are built to share with protected bike lanes, crosswalks and signals, traffic calming measures like curb extensions and trees, and more. This demonstration gives the public and city officials an opportunity to engage with and give feedback on temporary complete streets designs in order to build a vision and support for eventual permanent installations. More information at http://www.bikeeasy.org.

OTHER COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES: To set up an independent tour of the protected bike lanes sometime between August 1st and 11th, please contact Dan Favre at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 504-321-1247.

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