New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration is seeking public input this week as it shapes a bicycling plan aimed at promoting safer commutes.
Administration officials will hold seven community meetings in the next 10 days to help leaders shape the citywide plan, which will be released later this year.
Driving or parking in a bike lane in New Orleans will come with stiffer penalties under an ordinance passed by the City Council on Thursday.
The first meeting is Monday at KIPP-Booker T. Washington at 2514 Third Street in Central City. The meetings will continue at various locations until April 18.
"Safety on every level is a top priority for my administration,” Cantrell said. “Whether you’re a motorist, bicyclist, pedestrian or transit rider -- the City is going to be pushing hard to enforce policies that save lives and protect our people.”
Officials will hold meetings Wednesday at Stuart Hall School for Boys at 2032 Carrollton Ave., and again on Thursday at KIPP Renaissance School at 3820 St. Claude Ave.
On Monday, they will head to Algiers Regional Library on 3014 Holiday Drive in Algiers, and to AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana at 3155 Gentilly Blvd on Tuesday, April 16.
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Their final public meetings will be held at Martin Luther King library at 1611 Caffin Ave. on April 17, and at the East New Orleans Regional Library on 5641 Read Blvd. on April 18.
All meetings will last from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The bike plan aligns with a larger effort by Cantrell to remake city streets to be more accessible to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists as city crews implement in $2 billion worth of road and drainage repairs over the next few years.
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