City Council to vote on resolution to increase bike safety

City Council to vote on resolution to increase bike safety

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A resolution Thursday will look to bring bicycle safety back to the forefront in New Orleans.

After three cyclists were killed in just a ten-day span, members of the council say safety efforts need to be a priority.

According to the New Orleans City Council, Louisiana currently ranks second in the country when it comes to bicycle related deaths. And while many of the plans being proposed Thursday are not new, some believe they’ve been after-thoughts for far too long.

If approved, the resolution will look to adopt and update the cities complete streets policy and also ask the administration to point out the five most dangerous intersections in the city so that they can be redesigned to make them safer for cyclists.

Other improvements include more colorful signage and markings on the ground, along with better lighting along bike paths.

They would also look to ass safety measures during big events like Jazz Fest or Mardi Gras.

Council Member at Large Jason Williams says some of the initiatives have already been approved and funded but with recent tragedies. It’s time to remind people the importance of sharing the road.

“Bicyclists should not feel like they are second class citizens when they are using the road and it’s an educational piece, an institutional piece and this resolution addresses how government can re-prioritize how those equalitarian efforts are being made,” says Williams.

Groups like Bike Easy and the Ghost Bike Project will also be at the meeting to give a presentation about equal rights on the roadways.

The meeting it also open to public input.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at City Hall.

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