Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
The New Orleans Health Department is excited to announce a new bicycle and pedestrian safety program! By promoting active transportation we create a healthier environment and a healthier community. Benefits of walking and biking include: increased physical health, reduced obesity, reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, and more social interaction. Our first focus for this new initiative is the future of our community: children. Read below about our programs, generously sponsored by Louisiana Safe Routes to School program and the Orleans Parish School Board.
Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School is a national program which promotes biking and walking to school through a best practice lens of 6 E's:
The New Orleans Health Department is proud to be part of this partnership and use this tested model to implement programs at 21 schools across Orleans Parish through the programs below. Through these programs all students, not just those who bike or walk, benefit from safer environments around their schools.
Crescent City Crossing Guards
In conjunction with NOPD, you'll soon see the first new NOPD-trained community crossing guards since 2005. These guards play a crucial role in helping young students to navigate the streets, teach them traffic skills, and make drivers more aware of school zones. During the 2017-2018 school year, 20 selfless guards will hit the streets, so remember to slow down in school zones!
Walk and Roll to School Week
Walk and Roll to School Week will take place in Orleans Parish October 15-21, 2017. Over the course of the week, schools will host fun events to encourage students to walk or bike to school, educate them on how to do so safely, and bring visibility to our school zones. On October 21, the week will culminate with a community bike ride which is free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more details and please see the contact information below if your school would like to join in on the fun.
PE Teacher Training
In partnership with Bike Easy, we offer training for PE teachers to learn about teaching traffic skills. Teachers go through an all day training session, observe a class taught by Bike Easy, and then receive feedback on their own classroom sessions. Once teachers have completed these steps they are eligible to check out the NOHD bike fleet and equipment for a 1-2 week unit on traffic safety at their school.
School Travel Safety Plans
Because school zones need to be safe and schools need to know how their students arrive and leave campus, we offer technical assistance for schools to develop Travel Safety Plans. These plans are data driven and include real strategies to improve procedures and messaging. Annual updates will chart progress and allow changes to fit the needs of the school. Components which contribute to the plan include:
- Parent surveys
- Transportation counts
- Walking audits
- Planning and goal setting with staff and community members
- Clear strategies and timelines for interventions
This program is available to any public charter school in Orleans Parish, with a cap on the number of schools assisted each school semester. Please see the contact information below if you want to know more.
Interested in learning more or joining a program? Want to discuss how your school can improve safety around its campus?
Contact Meg Young, our Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coordinator for more information.