Pedestrian and Bicycle Program
The Regional Planning Commission’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Program is working to create walkable and bikeable communities for the citizens of Southeast Louisiana. Through the programs and initiatives listed below, we aim to raise awareness, promote safety and encourage increased walking and bicycling.
Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility
This one and half-day professional development workshop teaches participants how to apply the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way (PROW). The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and the US Access Board collaborated to produce this recently updated course. The 7 modules include the following topics:
- Pedestrians and their Environment
- Laws, Regulations, Standards and Policies
- Accessible Sidewalk Design
- Curb Ramps
- Crossings and Intersections
- Pedestrian Signals
- Maintaining Accessible Features and Temporary Traffic Control
The workshop will be held on Monday, December 9, from 8:30am-4:30pm and Tuesday, December 10 from 8:30am-12:00pm at the Regional Transportation Management Center, 10 Veterans Memorial Blvd, New Orleans.
Questions? Contact Dan Jatres at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.483.8505
New Orleans Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling
The 2013 New Orleans Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling updates the popular first edition from 2012, reflecting the latest additions to the New Orleans Bikeway Network (as of June 2013) and new connector routes suggested by the public. The Guide to Safe Cycling provides drivers and riders with an overview of traffic laws so that everyone can stay safe and legal on the city streets. Printed copies are available free of charge at bike shops around town, local universities and Bike Easy events. Or download a copy below
Greater New Orleans Pedestrian & Bicycle Program
In partnership with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the RPC's Greater New Orleans Pedestrian & Bicycle Program has developed a variety of initiatives to improve walking and bicycling conditions in the New Orleans area and across Louisiana.
- Design Workshop: 3-day workshop covering pedestrian and bicycle planning and design best practices
- Law Enforcement Workshop: 2-day workshop covering Louisiana laws, common crash types and enforcement methods
- Bicycle Commuter Workshop: 2-hour workshop for people interested in using bicycles as transportation
- Media Campaign and Outreach: annual print and radio campaigns focusing on a variety of pedestrian and bicycle safety messages
- Pedestrian Bicycle Resource Initiative (PBRI): statewide resource for pedestrian and bicycle research in partnership with the University of New Orleans
- Fleet Driver Workshop: workshop covering safe driving techniques for fleet vehicle drivers
The RPC has produced or participated in a number of plans to promote and develop improved pedestrian and bicycle conditions in Southeast Louisiana.
- New Orleans Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (September 2006)
- The "New Orleans Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan" reviewed existing conditions in the region for pedestrians and bicyclists and laid out policies and programs to promote and support increased pedestrian and bicycle transportation and safety. Many of the recommendations from this report are now being implemented by the Greater New Orleans Pedestrian & Bicycle Program.
- Gaining Momentum: New Orleans 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation Case Statement (June 2008)
- Highlights the New Orleans region’s potential to create a robust and interconnected active transportation network on the Southshore. This report was prepared in conjunction with a nationwide campaign to expand the federally funded Non-Motorized Transportation Program.
- Auditing Neighborhoods, Streets and Intersections for Pedestrian Safety: A Toolkit for Communities (September 2009)
- This report presents a new tool for rating street segments and intersections. The methodology allows planners and engineers to work with communities to focus from hotspots to neighborhood-level to street-level to identify factors resulting in crashes. The tools are designed to be utilized by groups with limited resources such as community groups.
- Complete Streets Work Group Report (January 2010)
- State of Active Transportation (August 2010)
Complete Streets Advisory Committee
The Complete Streets Advisory Committee meets quarterly to discuss and to implement Complete Streets policy within the RPC’s purview. This committee serves to provide public input on RPC projects and policies to improve the integration of Complete Streets concepts into the RPC’s planning process. Complete Streets Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public.
Meeting Location: First floor, Conference Room
Regional Transportation Management Center
10 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
New Orleans LA 70124-1162
Location is accessible via RTA Bus 45, 60 & JET Bus E-1. Secure bike parking available.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
- 2013: August 19, November 18
- 2014: February 17, May 19, August 18, November 17
Nominations to Serve
The RPC is currently seeking nominations for representives from Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany Parishes. If you’re interested in applying, please contact Dan Jatres 504 483 8505 or
For more information on Complete Streets, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition.
The laws that govern pedestrians and bicyclists are generally state laws contained within the Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 32. Additionally, some parishes and municipalities have their own ordinances that apply to pedestrians and bicyclists.
A list of state laws and local ordinances in Southeast Louisiana can be found on the Metro Bicycle Coalition’s website.
- Bike Easy: www.bikeeasy.org. The local advocacy organization working to improve the bicycle environment of the New Orleans region.
- Mississippi River Trail: www.mississippirivertrail.org. A national organization working to complete the Mississippi River Trail from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. MRT and RPC have a strategic partnership to develop the trail in Southeast Louisiana on both sides of the river.
- National Complete Streets Coalition: www.completestreets.org