A "ghost bike" at the corner of St. Claude and Elysian Fields avenues marks the spot where a cyclist was struck and killed by a truck. Incidents like this one last year led to the formation of a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Committee by the New Orleans City Council.
The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously today to establish a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Committee, as proposed by Transportation and Airport Committee chairman Jared Brossett. The committee will provide recommendations to the council pertaining to transportation safety concerns in accordance with the Vision Zero
policy the council adopted in October 2014.
Vision Zero, a policy pitched by non-profit transportation advocacy groups Bike Easy and RIDE New Orleans
, aims to educate the public and improve public infrastructure with a goal of eliminate traffic-related death. Vision Zero started in Sweden and has been adopted by American cities like New York, San Francisco and Houston.
Brossett said creating a safe infrastructure for all kinds of roadway users is important, especially with the population of the city expected to grow, but that government agencies can’t do it alone. “One life is too much to lose,” said Brossett. “…Whatever your mode of transportation is, it should be respected and the law should be abided by.”
At-large Councilman Jason Williams called the ordinance “a huge part in making our city what we want it to be.” Williams said New Orleans takes pride in how “cool” it is, but such committees are the basis of improving the city to making it “look the way we want it to look.”
No timetable was set for formation of the committee and no members were named.