Success at Safe-Tea on the Greenway

Posted by Dan Favre on June 14, 2016 in Advocacy, Bicycle Safety , Events

Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors host event to improve safety at the Lafitte Greenway crossings

Last Friday, June 10, the Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors hosted Safe-Tea on the Greenway, an event to help build awareness about pedestrian and bike safety at the Lafitte Greenway crossings! Participants – including neighborhood residents, civic leaders, and an elected official – made their own safety signs to to educate people driving, biking, and walking on how to interact safely at Greenway crossings and inspire them to look out for one another. After a series of speeches from the Ambassadors and other leaders hosted at the Broad Theater, everyone took to the street at Broad and the Lafitte Greenway to show off their signs and improve safety. As you can see from the photos below, it was a great success! You can read more here.

The Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors are a team of citizen advocates focused on changes and improvements to local streets. Developed out of the Foundation for Louisiana’s Equity Caucus Transportation Working Group, the 10-week training program empowers a cohort of ambassadors to identify transportation problems and lead community-driven campaigns that advocate for safe, equitable, and affordable transportation options to promote walking, biking, transit, and livable streets in their neighborhoods.

This event was supported by Bike Easy and Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

Tyronne Smith, Sr, a Claiborne Corridor Ambassador, holds his safety sign. “Once I woke up, I knew the day was special,” Tyronne explained. “After the speeches, we walked over to the Broad St. and Lafitte Greenway crossing, and I thought the traffic then felt like I-10. I saw some motorists being supportive, giving the thumbs up, liking what we were doing.”

“We had a nice turn out, and I think we made a difference. I noticed more cars slowing and stopping at the crossings over the weekend,” noted Leonetta Terrell.

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