Source: Bike Easy
By Sam Spencer, Friends of Lafitte Corridor Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the growing number of us who ride bikes in New Orleans, there is an extra item on our list of things to be thankful for this season: a dramatic expansion of the city’s network of bike lanes. For a city that had virtually no modern bike accommodations ten years ago, the fact that New Orleans will approach 80 miles of bikeways by the end of 2013 is a spectacular achievement, and one that bodes well for the long term sustainability and public health of our city.
Upon completion of its initial buildout in 2015, the Lafitte greenway will become a critical piece of New Orleans’ burgeoning bicycle network, the backbone of our cycling skeleton. We at FOLC often speak of the larger corridor’s potential to weave together so many New Orleans neighborhoods as a key part of the social and cultural transformation it can bring. On a more practical level, a linear park with a bike and pedestrian path slicing through densely populated neighborhoods creates a real opportunity for active transportation – ways of getting around that involve more physical movement than does sitting in a car – to be a more realistic choice for more New Orleanians. If a resident of Bayou St John or Faubourg Lafitte works in the CBD, for example, choosing to leave the car at home and ride her bike to work is a much more enticing option when she does not have to negotiate the automobile traffic of Orleans Avenue. And at the base of the Greenway for a couple of blocks of Basin Street, she will find the city’s first protected cycle track, completely separating bikes from cars on a major New Orleans thoroughfare for the first time. The cycle track will then blend into the bike lanes of Basin Street, now under construction, leading her to Canal Street and beyond.
Continue reading New Orleans’ Burgeoning Bicycle Network
By Sam Spencer, Chair. Email the author
On Saturday, October 26, New Orleans will join the growing list of cities to hold an open streets event, also known as a ciclovia. From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, portions of Esplanade and Bayou Rd will be closed to cars and open to walkers, runners, cyclists, skateboarders…you name it. Our pals at Bike Easy, who are organizing this event, have dubbed it “Play Streets,” and FOLC will be there with chalk, trivia, and members of our team ready to talk about the Greenway. Play Streets is completely free and open to the public, so please join us! Continue reading Play Streets: Cyclovia Comes to New Orleans
The Active Times named Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Midtown Greenway number one urban bike path in the USA in 2013. This rails-to-trails project runs 5.5-miles through the center of town, tying together 17 neighborhoods. Last month FOLC’s new Program Director, Sophie Harris, took an inspiring ride down the Midtown Greenway and sat down with Soren Jensen, Executive Director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition. On a Friday morning, the trail was buzzing with bikers, walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers. Continue reading A Visit to the Nation’s Leading Bike Path: Midtown Greenway
On September 20th, Harry Vorhoff and Sam Spencer of the FOLC Board of Directors had the pleasure of meeting with Kimberly Gieffe, Executive Director of the River Revitalization Foundation (RRF) in Milwaukee, and Ghassan A. Korban, Commissioner of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works, who were in town to attend the Land Trust Alliance’s 2013 Rally. Continue reading FOLC Meets with Milwaukee Counterparts
Thanks to all of your support and votes, Bart Everson has been named the 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes winner for Louisiana and FOLC has won $10,000! We couldn’t be more proud of our supporters!
We’re extremely proud to announce that Friends of Lafitte Corridor’s co-founder, Bart Everson, is a finalist in the 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes Program for environmental leadership!
Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by Cox Communications’ parent company, Cox Enterprises, and The Trust for Public Land to honor volunteers who create, preserve or enhance outdoor places in our communities. Bart’s vision and hard work helped lead to the creation of Friends of Lafitte Corridor in 2006, and he has been crucial in the advocacy for the Lafitte Greenway ever since.
The winner earns $10,000 for the cause of his choice, and Bart has selected FOLC! Watch Bart’s video, vote, and please share widely!
FOLC’s monthly board meeting will take place tonight, July 25th, from 6:30-8:00 PM at Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center (2200 Lafitte Ave).
Board meetings are open to the public.
Introductions (Chair): 6:30-6:40
Winn-Dixie Presentation and Discussion: 6:40-7:00
• Ashley Sutton, Community Involvement, W-D South Region
• Scott Shully, Store Director, W-D Mid-City Market
Other Board Business: 7:00-8:00
• Approval of June minutes
• Board Development – Discussion of president position, transition to staff, and new board member nomination
• City Business Updates – EPA-facilitated meetings with the City (and potential coordination with donor group); bidding of contract; possible meeting with Councilmember Guidry
• Strategic Planning – Cory Sparks, August
• Corridor Usage and Businesses – Latest on Mid-City Volleyball, Bayou Bicycles
• Sharing of Pertinent Information – Discussion of how better to receive and distribute info re trail alignment plan, scope of currently funded project, bidding and construction schedules, etc.
• Cox Conserves Heroes campaign
Please mark your calendar and join us as we discuss the current state of the Lafitte Corridor and what lies ahead (hint: it’s exciting.) We will be meeting on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30p-8:00p at:
Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center
2200 Lafitte Street (at Galvez)
New Orleans, LA 70119
Membership portion (6:30pm-7:30pm)
- Introductions and welcome - Samuel Spencer, FOLC Board
- State of FOLC - Harry Vorhoff, FOLC Board
- State of the Corridor including near-term timeline – Bill Gilchrist, City of New Orleans
- Overview of the Lafitte “Blueway” (water management) - Daniel Samuels, FOLC Board; Dana Eness, Urban Conservancy
- 2013 Hike overview - Annie Kelly, FOLC Board
- Treasurer’s report - Alli DeJong, FOLC Board
- Membership Q&A - Samuel Spencer, FOLC Board
Board business (7:30pm-8:00pm)
- Approval of May minutes
- Board Discussion/Nomination/Reinstatement; including president position
- Review of the second May CPC meeting/vote
- Status of ongoing EPA-facilitated meetings with the City
- Discussion of future FOLC role as to operation and management
- Cox Conserves Heroes grant - Daniel Samuels, FOLC Board
Weather’s not looking so great for hiking! We’ll be moving our annual Hike the Lafitte Corridor to Saturday, May 18th.
Most details should remain the same: we’ll be starting at Congo Square at 10 AM with registration between 9 and 9:45 AM. Bike Easy will also still be offering a bicycle safety workshop at 9 AM, and we’ll have Ambassadors lead small groups along the way. Register here: http://folchike2013.eventbrite.com/
The City Planning Commission will be hosting public hearings about the Lafitte Greenway Master Plan and Lafitte Corridor Master Revitalization Plan on Tuesday, May 14th, andTuesday, May 28th at 1:30 PM. We encourage all to attend to voice opinions about the plans and hear from others. The final design documents can be found here: http://lafittecorridorconnection.com/project-documents.html
CITY PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013, AND
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
PUBLIC HEARING: 1:30 P.M. CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
(CITY HALL -1E07)
THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS ON TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013, AND TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013, IN THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER (CITY HALL -1E07) ON THE FOLLOWING DRAFT PLANS:
LAFITTE GREENWAY PARK MASTER PLAN – JANUARY 2013 DRAFT – To consider the draft plan for the design and development of a public trail, open space, and recreation amenity known as the Lafitte Greenway and Greenway Park.
LAFITTE CORRIDOR REVITALIZATION PLAN – JANUARY 2013 DRAFT – To consider a draft plan to complement and build upon the investment in the Lafitte Greenway and Greenway Park through compatible land use and urban design policies, economic development strategies, and transportation connections.
THE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION WILL HEAR ALL PROPONENTS FOR AND OPPONENTS TO THE ABOVE PROPOSED DRAFT PLANS. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AND ALL RELEVANT COMMENTS CONCERNING THE DRAFT PLANS ARE ENCOURAGED. YOU MAY ALSO SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN ADVANCE BY MAIL (1300 PERDIDO STREET, 7TH FLOOR, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70112) OR BY EMAIL (email@example.com). ALL WRITTEN COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THE MONDAY EIGHT DAYS PRIOR TO THE HEARING DATE. COPIES OF BOTH DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE: