Transportation for Livable Communities releases 2014 Voters Guide for the New Orleans City Council and Mayoral Elections

For Immediate Release, 1/15/14

Media Contact: Rachel Heiligman, 504-345-8360, rachel@rideneworleans.org

NEW ORLEANS – Transportation for Livable Communities, a coalition of New Orleans transportation, public health, environmental and community-based organizations, today announced the release of its 2014 Voters Guide for City Council and Mayoral candidates in the February 1st election.

The document provides voters with candidate positions on several issues related to sustainable, safe, affordable and healthy transportation. Questionnaire topics include:

  • public transit and the RTA’s financial outlook
  • infrastructure and programs for pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • neighborhood parks and green spaces
  • implementing the city’s Complete Streets ordinance
  • transportation needs for all New Orleans residents, especially seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families

The guide is also an outlet for candidates to give voters their opinions about specific transportation equity issues, which are often under-represented in elections and political debates.

In New Orleans, 19 percent of households don’t have access to a vehicle, and transportation is the second highest expenditure for families – so for many New Orleans residents having sustainable, safe, affordable and healthy transportation is vital in order to access jobs and critical services.

More information about the Transportation for Livable Communities Voters Guide is available online at www.transportationforlivablecommunities.org. Click here for a copy of the Transportation for Livable Communities Voter’s Guide.

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About the Transportation for Livable Communities Questionnaire & Voter’s Guide:

The candidate questionnaire and voter’s guide was drafted by a diverse coalition of organizations advocating for equitable access to sustainable, safe, affordable, and healthy transportation choices in all New Orleans neighborhoods. Member organizations include: Bike Easy, Friends of the Lafitte Corridor, KidsWalk Coalition at Tulane University, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Merritt C. Becker Jr. Transportation Institute at the University of New Orleans, Stay Local/Urban Conservancy, Ride New Orleans, Sierra Club, and the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association.

Sign up to become a Greenway Ambassador!

Want to get on your bike and feet but are worried about sharing the road with New Orleans traffic? The Lafitte Corridor greenwaywill give New Orleanians a 3.1 mile off-street walk/bike path through several neighborhoods, connecting the French Quarter, Treme, Faubourg Lafitte, Mid City and Lakeview.

Courtesy Friends of Lafitte Corridor

To get the word out, KidsWalk member Friends of Lafitte Corridor is hosting its eighth annual Hike the Lafitte Corridor event, April 14, and they are seeking Greenway Ambassadors. Register today to receive a free training and t-shirt, and get a chance to lead your own group on the hike!

What does a Greenway Ambassador do?

  • Learn about the history of and future plans for the Lafitte Corridor;
  • Share this knowledge with the community, including on the Lafitte Corridor Hike on April 14;
  • Help keep your community engaged with the Greenway project.

What’s in it for you?

  • Free Greenway Ambassador t-shirt for those who attend training;
  • Learning about local history while helping make history as we prepare for the Greenway;
  • Meeting neighbors who are as supportive of the Greenway as you are!

Save these Dates:

  • Saturday, March 31, 1pm-4pm:Greenway Ambassadors training at Delgado Community College, including a walk of the Corridor.
  • Saturday, April 14, 10am: Lead tours of the future Greenway during the Lafitte Corridor Hike

Register to become a Greenway Ambassador today!

Save the Date | Annual Hike the Lafitte Corridor on April 14th

The 8th Annual Hike the Lafitte Corridor will take place this year on Saturday, April 14, 2012 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Each year, KidsWalk Coalition

Courtesy Friends of Lafitte Corridor

member Friends of Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) holds an annual hike where they lead the community through the three-mile stretch that will soon be constructed into the Lafitte Greenway. The site of the future greenway will link the following neighborhoods: the French Quarter, Tremé, Mid-City, Faubourg St. John, City Park and Lakeview.

This year, the annual hike will take place on the morning of the Saturday during French Quarter Festival. Details on additional activities, partnerships and information regarding Hike the Lafitte Corridor 2012 will be announced soon – stay up-to-date at folc-nola.org

Interested in becoming an ambassador for Friends of Lafitte Corridor? Sign up today! http://tinyurl.com/GreenwayAmbassadors

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City announces new Lafitte Corridor website and schedule of first community workshops

Recently the City debuted lafittecorridorconnection.com, which offers residents information regarding the development of the Lafitte Corridor into a 3.1 mile linear park and walking and bicycling path. The project follows an abandoned rail line from Armstrong Park to Canal Boulevard, connecting the French Quarter, Treme, Faubourg Lafitte, Mid City, and Lakeview neighborhoods through active transportation.

Key to the corridor’s development is the community outreach and planning that will take place throughout the next year. The first such meetings have been announced:

Lafitte Corridor Connection Kick-Offs

Monday, August 15th – 6PM to 8PM
TWO LOCATIONS: Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 501 N. Galvez Street and Grace Episcopal Church located at 3700 Canal Street.

Lafitte Corridor Connection Open Studio and Community Focus Groups
Daily August 15th-19th – 10AM to 5:30PM
Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 501 N. Galvez Street.
(Studio hours are extended August 16th-18th to 7PM to play the Greenway Design and Land Use Chip Game)

Lafitte Corridor Connection General Community Meeting
Saturday, August 20th – 8:30AM to 12:00PM
Delgado Community College, City Park Campus – Student Life Center

Attend one or all of these meetings to make sure your voice is heard! And learn more about the corridor’s history and additional ways to get involved by visiting Coalition member Friends of Lafitte Corridor’s website.