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.
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.
- Louisiana Strategic Highway Safety Plan: New Orleans Region Pedestrian and Bicycle Emphasis (January 2014)
- As part of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's (DOTD) Strategic Highway Safety Plan, each region of the state has established a Traffic Safety Coalition. These coalitions have developed Action Plans for each of the four statewide Emphasis Areas. The New Orleans Region also developed an Action Plan for a 5th Emphasis Area to address walking and bicycling safety in the region. For more information on the Strategic Highway Safety, visithttp://www.destinationzerodeaths.com.
- 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)
- Walk and Ride: A Resource to Pedestrian, Bicycle and Complete Streets Funding in Louisiana" (January 2014)
- Developed by the Center of Planning Excellence and the Louisiana Public Health Institute, this guide focuses on the state, regional and local programs and funding sources that can be used to plan and implement pedestrian, bicycle and Complete Streets projects. The guide is intended to be a one-stop resource that consolidates and simplifies information needed to pursue funding for enhancing bicycle and pedestrian networks.
Analysis of crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are conducted on a regular interval to help identify trends; geographic, demographic and behavioral, that contribute to crashes in our region. This is a continuation of work RPC began in the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
Since 2010, the RPC has coordinated an ever growing number of locations to observe walking and bicycling activity. These locations are a mix of locations where walking and bicycling facilities have been added and/or improved and control locations where roadway changes have not occurred in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. At locations counted since 2010, bicycling has increased 52% and walking has increased 53% through 2014..
- City of New Orleans Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) Part 1: Engineering Strategies (July 2014)
- The Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) takes a data-drive approach to identifying high-frequency locations for severe and fatal crashes involving pedestrians, reviews contributing factors and proposes engineering countermeasures. Applied systemically, these countermeasures can address locations with crash histories as well as locations with common conditions to advance the City's goal of a 50% pedestrian crash reduction by 2030.
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
- 2015: February 9, May 18, August 17, November 16
- Meetings are from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Nominations to Serve
The RPC is currently seeking nominations for representatives from Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes and At-Large members. 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 can be found at the
Louisiana Bike Guide..
- 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