NEW ORLEANS, LA – Tomorrow, City of New Orleans officials, District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer and the Regional Planning Commission will accept the Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly Community award recognizes New Orleans’ commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had fewer than 10 miles of designated bikeways. Today, the city now boasts approximately 58 miles of completed bikeways, which includes 11 miles of trails, 28 miles of shared lanes, and 19 miles of designated bike lanes. The City plans to add another 10 miles of bikeways over the next year.
A broad coalition of partners, including the City of New Orleans, the Regional Planning Commission, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, Bike Easy, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Entergy Corporation, Tulane Prevention Research Center, AARP, and New Orleanians from across the city have worked tirelessly towards the goal of a bicycle friendly New Orleans.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates.
The designation had been announced previously but the award will be officially presented to the City on Monday.
WHO: City Officials
District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer
Regional Planning Commission
League of American Bicyclists
WHEN: Monday, May 20, 2013
WHERE: City Hall front steps
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112