Local Group Launches Campaign to Show Support for Improving Transportation Options and Building Safe, Complete Streets

NEW ORLEANS — During a community event in Algiers on Saturday, Sept. 28, the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition, alongside Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the City of New Orleans, launched Let’s Move Forward, a campaign to highlight the benefits of improving transportation options and building streets that are safe and accessible for all people and means of transit. The Coalition also released public opinion research that shows significant public support for investing in streets built to accommodate all modes of transportation city-wide.

According to a press release, Let’s Move Forward furthers community outreach and engagement to ensure all New Orleanians have access to new, improved infrastructure that increases safety, while providing more options, more control and less stress for everyone on the road. This comprehensive effort includes marketing, grassroots outreach, educational community events, bike rides, safety workshops, walking tours, stakeholder conversations, and community festivals like Saturday’s Let’s Move Forward Algiers!.

“The road forward to improved transportation options in New Orleans starts in Algiers,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “We’re excited about the work we’re doing with our Office of Transportation, especially our Moving New Orleans Bikes plan, in coordination with our partners in the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition. Working together, we’re making it easier, safer and more equitable when trying to bike, walk, drive, ride the bus or take the ferry. I want to thank the members of the community for their encouraging feedback, it shows that we’re taking the right steps to move this city forward.”

Polling results conducted by Dr. Silas Lee and Associates prove that New Orleanians are ready for more transportation options and street infrastructure that improves safety and efficiency for all road users:

  • 85-percent of New Orleans residents believe people deserve as many safe transportation options as possible to get to work on time.
  • 76-percent of residents understand that having protected lanes separating bicycles from cars makes the roads safer for drivers, and 68-percent say that they would be more inclined to ride a bicycle if there were protective barriers separating bicycles from cars.
  • 70-percent of residents think that the most efficient transportation system for New Orleans would have separate spaces for people driving, taking transit, biking, and walking.

“All communities are dependent on transportation. For our businesses in Algiers to thrive, we need safe, convenient access to and from our residential communities,” said Derrick Martin, executive director of the Algiers Economic Development Foundation. “Bikes are the transportation of choice for a large and growing number of our residents, especially kids and families, and for that reason, AEDF is excited about Mayor Cantrell’s plan to expand safe biking in Algiers and across New Orleans.”

More information on the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition and Let’s Move Forward, including details and further results of the public opinion research by Dr. Silas Lee Associates, can be found at www.nolacompletestreets.org.

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