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Jun 212017
 

A bicyclist rides in City Park (Claire Byun).

The proposed locations of 70 initial bicycle share program stations are still up in the air, and the city is asking for public input before the June 25 deadline.

Polling for preferred station alternatives is live now on the city’s bike share webpage. Voting will be used to reduce the number of alternate locations to just 70 for the program’s launch this fall. Continue reading »

Apr 262017
 

The required bicycle equipment ordinance would add a flashing or steady red light mounted on the rear to the already-required rear red reflector. (Flickr/Britt Reints).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Citywide bicycle operation and equipment requirements underwent a little shakeup last week, and the changes are meant to make the roads safer for everyone.

The New Orleans City Council unanimously passed amendments to meant to improve bicycle safety at their latest meeting. The bike amendments were part of the council’s consent agenda and faced no opposition from the public at the meeting.

City Councilmember Jared Brossett introduced amendments to current ordinances regarding bicycle safety, operation and equipment requirements. Brossett brought those amendments to the council’s Jan. 12 meeting but they were pushed to the council’s latest meeting.

Brossett added the ordinances to the Transportation and Airport committee’s docket a few months ago, and that committee recommended approval of all the amendments. Brossett serves as chair of that committee. Continue reading »

Apr 072017
 

An overview of the station location map used during the public workshop.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Faubourg St. John neighbors have worked for weeks to identify the best future locations for bicycle sharing stations in the area, though residents aren’t sure their voices will be heard.

Steve Kaplan, member of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association, said about a dozen FSJNA members determined the safest and most aesthetically-pleasing spots in the neighborhood for the stations. Neighbors shared their findings with city officials at the public bicycle share workshop in Mid-City on Monday.

“The program is going to happen,” Kaplan told FSJNA at its meeting Tuesday. “It’s going to happen, and where we put the stations initially is very critical. We tried to come up with the least invasive and most probably chance to succeed.” Continue reading »

Apr 032017
 

Residents discuss the best bicycle share station locations during a public workshop Monday evening.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A slew of bicycle share stations are proposed along Esplanade Avenue and the Lafitte Greenway, and Mid-City residents got their chance at criticizing or recommending them Monday night.

The 700 custom-designed bicycles will be placed at an estimated 70 stations designated at locations in neighborhoods around the city as part of a citywide bicycle share program, Dwight Norton of the mayor’s office of resilience, said. The program launches in October after three more public workshops, an online survey, several draft plans and a public hearing.

Norton and his team hosted the Mid-City/Bayou St. John bicycle share public workshop Monday evening to a crowd of about 40 people. Continue reading »

Mar 312017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

If you live in Mid-City, City Park Triangle, Tulane-Canal, or Faubourg St. John, the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization wants you. Or your opinion, for that matter.

MCNO is surveying residents before Monday’s bike share workshop hosted by the city. The workshop, which is meant to gather public input on the best locations for the 70 bicycle stations throughout the city, starts at 6:30 p.m. at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. Continue reading »

Mar 162017
 

The 700 custom-designed bicycles will be placed at an estimated 70 stations designated at locations in neighborhoods around the city. (Flickr/Britt Reints).

If you want to help the city plan where bicycle share stations will be located in your neighborhood, there’s a public workshop for you.

There are six workshops – one for each general area of the city – that run through April. Mid-City and Bayou St. John split a workshop, which will be held April 3 at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. The workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

Mar 102017
 

A rider checks out a bicycle from a station in an image from a promotional video produced by Social Bicycles (via YouTube)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Neighborhood activists who are concerned about the future of the city’s new bicycle share program are working to ensure their voices are heard.

The city’s new bicycle share program has drawn some ire from Faubourg St. John residents who are concerned about program officials putting bike stations in residential neighborhoods. Several worried neighbors are putting together a committee – through the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association – to research the best station locations that don’t directly impact quiet areas. Continue reading »

Feb 022017
 

City Councilmember Jared Brossett is backing amendments to current ordinances regarding bicycle safety, operation and equipment requirements (Flickr/Britt Reints).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Rules and regulations around bicycle safety and operation may change a little in the near future, pending confirmation by the New Orleans City Council.

City Councilmember Jared Brossett is backing amendments to current ordinances regarding bicycle safety, operation and equipment requirements. Brossett brought those amendments to the council’s Jan. 12 meeting but were pushed to their Feb. 23 meeting. Continue reading »