New Orleans’ latest installation of bike lanes along oak tree–lined Esplanade and City Park avenues was dedicated in June, and several more are slated to open this summer and later this year.
A rider takes advantage of bike lanes along Esplanade Avenue. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)
The new bike lanes are part of the $90 million Paths to Progress program, a combined effort of federal, state and local agencies to improve streets in New Orleans. When designing the road work, the program intentionally uses “complete streets”
concepts advocated by the Prevention Research Center
at Tulane University.
“We integrate complete streets in our program to improve safety and make roadways more accessible for everyone,” said Chincie Mouton, a spokeswoman for HNTB Corp., the local firm hired to manage Paths to Progress. “This is seen through the installation of dedicated bike lanes, shared bike lanes and ADA-compliant ramps [at sidewalk intersections].”
Future road projects with bike lanes include:
• St. Bernard Avenue (from North Rampart to Gibson streets) and Gentilly Boulevard (from Paris Avenue to North Broad Street). Construction is under way and set for completion in September. Total project cost including repaving work is $3.5 million.
• Freret Street (Louisiana to Jefferson avenues), Nashville Avenue (S. Claiborne Avenue to Fontainebleau Drive), and Fontainebleau Drive (Broadway Street to Nashville Avenue). Construction is scheduled to start in August. Total project cost including repaving work is $3.3 million.
• Banks Street (from South Carrollton Avenue to South St. Patrick Street), Bienville Street (from North Jefferson Davis Parkway to North Carrollton Avenue) and South Jefferson Davis Parkway (from Gravier to Canal streets). Construction start date is tentatively set for early 2014. Total project cost including repaving work is $2.5 million.
More information about community meetings, project updates and news is on the Paths to Progress
Naomi King Englar is the communications and training coordinator for the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University and the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program.