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 a 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, Regulation, 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, February 15, from 8:30am-4:30pm and Tuesday, February 16 from 8:30am-12:00pm at the Regional Transportation Management Center, 10 Veterans Memorial Blvd, New Orleans
Questions? Contact Dan Jatres at email@example.com or 504.483.8505
New Orleans Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling
The 2016 New Orleans Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling, newly updated with an additional 40 miles of bikeways, is the third edition of the popular map, after originally debuting in 2012. Newly expanded, the bigger and better map reflects the latest additions to the New Orleans Bikeway Network (as of April 2016) 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, as well as a new guide to Trail Etiquette. Printed copies are available free of charge at all New Orleans Public Library branches, local bike shops, 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..
- St. Claude Bridge (LA 46) Feasibility Study (June 2016)
- The Regional Planning Commission conducted a technical evaluation of possible modifications to St. Claude Bridge on LA 46 over the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal to improve transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety. The report identifies three potential design alternatives to the lift span of the bridge, approach roadways and walkways, and service roads based on input from the Port, City, DOTD, RTA, SHPO, and Corp of Engineers. The alternatives work to address public concerns about crime, accessibility and overall non-motorized transportation safety.
- New Orleans Bike Share Feasibility Study & Business Plan (December 2014)
- The Bike Share Feasibility Study & Business Plan analyzes various organizational structures, operational phasing, and funding strategies to launch and operate a successful and equitable bike share system in New Orleans.
- 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