Statement on Robbery at Broad Street & Lafitte Greenway - May 16, 2016

On the evening of Monday, May 16th, NOPD has reported that a trail user was stopped on the Greenway and robbed at gunpoint. Our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible crime. The welfare of everyone using the Lafitte Greenway is the number one priority of our organization. Looking ahead, Friends of Lafitte Greenway encourages widespread public use of the Greenway as one of the best ways to help reduce isolated acts of crime. In addition, Friends of Lafitte Greenway renews its commitment to work with local officials to find ways to increase bike security patrols; improve safe and accessible connections between neighborhoods and the Greenway; and explore other investments that can contribute to improving the safety and user experience of our city's newest public park space.

--Sophie Harris, Executive Director, Friends of Lafitte Greenway

 

Media Updates:

May 17th, 2016

9:17 AM The New Orleans Advocate: Two robbed at gunpoint Monday in French Quarter, on Lafitte Greenway; one victim escapes unharmed after gun misfires

11:11 AM NOLA.com: Misfired shot spares bicyclist held up at Lafitte Greenway Monday: NOPD

1:16 PM WWLTV: Bicyclist robbed, nearly killed on Lafitte Greenway

7:10 PM WDSU: Bicyclist robbed, almost shot by gunmen near Lafitte Greenway

 

May 19th, 2016

2:59 PM NOLA.com: NOPD questioning Lafitte Greenway holdup victim's story

 

May 21st, 2016

5:01 AM WWLTV: Lafitte Greenway armed robbery investigation, victim maintains his story
 

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Bicycle Wayfinding Signs Installed

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Navigating the Greenway just got easier! This morning, working in partnership with the City of New Orleans, we installed the first of 35 new bicycle wayfinding signs on the Lafitte Greenway and in the surrounding bike network. These signs include directional arrows and distance markers to help riders and walkers find their way from the Greenway to nearby destinations, and from nearby bike routes back to the Greenway.

Thank you to People for Bikes for their generous support that made this pilot project possible, and to the City of New Orleans for their partnership.

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First Walking Workshop Success!

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January 30th marked the launch of our Walking Workshop program! Locals and tourists alike attended the walk to be introduced to the Lafitte Greenway, get outside & moving, and learn about the historical buildings, cultural sites, and innovative environmental and stormwater management efforts on the Greenway.

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Help Out at the Hike!

Calling all volunteers! Will you help us make the 10th Annual Hike the biggest and best one yet? We're looking for extra hands to help make this event a success.

1) Tour guides: lead a group on the Hike! Attend a training this Saturday, February 27th from 10am-12pm at Congo Square. Then lead a group on March 5th! Sign up here.

2) Other volunteers: Not a big fan of public speaking? Not to worry! There's plenty of other ways to lend a hand. Sign up for all other volunteer roles here.

Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers who donate their time to help make the Greenway a great public space!

Questions? Contact Sydney Doyle. 504-702-6776

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get growing!

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We're proud to announce that in 2016, we're working with SPROUT NOLA to give a series of free gardening classes for all ages at the ReFresh Community Farm. Classes are held at the ReFresh Project on the third Saturday of every month at 9am. Our first class on January 16th was a great time for adults and kids alike!

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Claiborne Corridor Residents Address Transportation Issues

Claiborne Corridor Ambassador Program (CCAP)

Photo From Bike Easy CCAP Web Page

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway has partnered with Bike Easy and other New Orleans organizations to create the Claiborne Corridor Ambassador Program (CCAP). This is a community-driven campaign that advocates for safe, equitable, and affordable transportation options within the Claiborne Corridor.

The CCAP program aims to create a more inclusive process for public engagement, particularly with regards to decision-making processes concerning New Orleans’ public spaces, streets, and transportation options. 

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Greenway Members Learn to Fix it!

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In our first community event of 2016, Friends of Lafitte Greenway members learned to maintain their bikes with our partners at Bike Easy. About 30 members came out to learn all about how to check a bike before riding, how to fix a flat tire, how to adjust brakes, and more!

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A Pocket Guide to the Lafitte Greenway

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Friends of Lafitte Greenway is proud release A Pocket Guide to the Lafitte Greenway, your guide to the many features, attractions, and destinations on and along the Lafitte Greenway. Click here to view the pocket guide and map online or pick one up at a business near you. Special thanks to Line 58 for design services.

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Have a Seat

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Benches have been installed on the Greenway between Broad Street and Claiborne Avenue. Get out there. Work up a sweat, then rest those legs.

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How many people use the Greenway?

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The UNO Transportation Institute has released the first data from an automated counter installed on the Greenway at N. Galvez Street. Between October 25th (12 days before the Greenway’s opening) and December 2nd, 2015, an average of 645 people per day used the Greenway in the Galvez section alone. The data show that the Greenway is most heavily used from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, and most heavily trafficked on Fridays. The UNO Transportation Institute also reported that use of the Jefferson Davis Parkway bike trail has substantially increased since the Greenway’s opening.

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