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Volunteers asses street intersections along the Lafitte Corridor in New Orleans.

 

Lafitte Corridor

New Orleans, La.
Length: 3.1 miles
Construction planned in 2014

For more information, contact Friends of Lafitte Corridor.

 

Case Study: Improving Trail Connections

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Return to Focus On: CONNECTIONS
Return to Urban Pathways to Healthy Neighborhoods

Lafitte Corridor, New Orleans, La.

The Lafitte Corridor runs through the heart of New Orleans, intersecting several historical and culturally significant neighborhoods. The project holds great potential, but connections—to adjacent neighborhoods as well as the city's bicycle and pedestrian networks—will be critical to ensuring the greenway is accessible and well used. To help local partners effectively advocate for improved street and sidewalk connections to the future greenway, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy partnered with the NOLA Cycle mapping project to conduct a physical assessment of 60 miles of roadways and intersections surrounding the corridor.

With the help of 30 local volunteers, RTC staff assessed intersections, crosswalks, sidewalks, curb ramps and amenities—noting the existence and condition of elements that would make getting to the greenway, via walking and bicycling, safe and pleasant from nearby homes, schools and businesses. RTC staff used the data to create maps that identify which routes offer good connections to the corridor, and which need physical improvements.

This assessment was included in the 2011 report, The Lafitte Corridor and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Urban Pathways Initiative: An Emerging Opportunity to Connect Neighborhoods to Healthy Living. Local trail supporters can use the report to advocate for capital improvements and to help city officials prioritize bicycle and pedestrian improvements near and within the corridor.

Download The Lafitte Corridor and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Urban Pathways Initiative: An Emerging Opportunity to Connect Neighborhoods to Healthy Living.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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