Council Adopts Complete Streets

Friday, Dec 16, 2011

Bike Easy’s #1 Policy Objective

In just 8 short months, Bike Easy and our supporters have brought the heat. In close collaboration with our partners at the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) we quickly got the ordinance passed 6-0 at City Council on December 15, 2011. This ordinance is where the rubber-meets-the-road and directs different administration agencies to work together to make sure that ALL USERS can easily move along and across our right of ways.

Complete Streets Program

This ordinance directs the administration to create internal policies that require engineers consider curb ramps, bike lanes, sidewalks and bus stops (to name a few) design treatments when they’re resurfacing or rebuilding our roads. It will take the good work that Department of Public Works and City Planning Commission have been doing (such as installing curb ramps and bike lanes) since Katrina, and make sure they continue as institutional processes instead of individual causes by internal staff. The bill was strengthened by amendments to include coordinating below-ground work – to avoid digging up our new streets to repair or replace underground utilities.

This ordinance is a commitment by The City to make a better New Orleans for all of us.

Champion on the Council

Councilmember Gisleson Palmer was a huge advocate for this measure since the idea’s inception in March. Her staff has worked diligently and consistently for months helping build the “grasstops” support for passage.

Support yesterday included verbal affirmations from Councilmembers Guidry, Johnson and Clarkson – which reached their peak with Clarkson declaring, “I think all of the councilmembers would co-sponsor this legislation.”

The Times-Picayune Editor said it best on January 6, 2011 (full article):

Indeed, and City Council members deserve credit for their vision on this issue.

Citizen Adovcates

Thank you also to our force in the gallery – our brave citizen advocates who could make it to the hearing and help show the broad citizen support this measure holds.

See the video from the December 15 City Council on their video page. Click item “35. Cal. No. 28,775 – By Councilmember Gisleson Palmer”

What are Complete Streets?

Check out our announcement from before the hearing or Complete Streets Coalition for more details about Complete Streets.

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