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New Orleans Seeking Funds for Big Protected Bike Lane Plans

With a $2.6 million grant already in hand to research the process of planning and developing protected bikes, the city of New Orleans is seeking more funding in the hopes of adding 75 miles of protected bike lanes.
October 31, 2018, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"[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.

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Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in The Times-Picayune
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