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New Orleans Seeking Funds for Big Protected Bike Lane Plans
"[New Orleans officials] are seeking a $2.6 million grant from PeopleforBikes, which is backed by the family who owns Wal-mart," reports Kevin Litten. "The money is intended to support the city’s commitment to spend $10 million on 'aggressive, low-stress bike infrastructure.'"
"The city plans to use the grant to improve or create 75 miles of protected bike lanes and cycle tracks, which are separate from street lanes and sidewalks. Officials also want to formulate a citywide bicycle plan and promote improved bicycle infrastructure 'as a benefit instead of a detriment,'" adds Litten.
Litten discovered the city's intentions for the grant in a memo drafted by the city's new director of transportation, Laura Bryan.