NolaCycle is a project aimed to create a high quality cycling map of New Orleans. Cycling maps include information beyond just streets and their names that benefits cyclists. In our map, we highlight the pavement quality, car travel speed, lane width, and special caution areas (busy intersections, man-eating potholes, or high accident areas). Volunteers help to collect this data by attending mapping events.
The information is then digitized to make a map of the data we collected to help cyclists - young, old, local, and tourist alike - navigate New Orleans.

Check out the blog for updates on the project, ways to get involved, and volunteer mapping events!

If you have questions, feel free to make a public comment on the blog entry or e-mail us directly at

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Governor Jindal signs 3 foot passing law

Governor Jindal signed the Colin Goodier Bicycle Protection Bill this afternoon. The law requires motorists to provide 3 feet of clearance when passing a cyclist on Louisiana's roadways as well as outlawing the harassment of cyclists. The law goes into effect on August 15, 2009. If you're interested in reading the exact language, check out this link or search for HB 725 at the Louisiana Legislature's website (

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Graphics & Digitizing Meeting July 1st

If you're interested in helping with the graphics, design, data entry, and digital outputs (GIS, GPS, iPhone apps, interactive online maps, etc., etc.), then come to the graphics/digitizing meeting Wednesday July 1st at 7pm. Please e-mail for details about the meeting and where it will be held.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Goodier Bike Protection Bill Passes Senate

Shortly before 12:30 today, the Louisiana Senate voted unanimously to pass the Colin Goodier Bike Protection Bill (HB 725). According to the Louisiana Legislature's website, the bill has returned to the House without amendments from the Senate.

We'll update you all later today on the the final steps before the bill heads to Governor Jindal for his signature. Also check back for an update on the Complete Streets Study Resolution (SCR 110).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The NolaCycle Project wins the Director's Choice Award for DAAPworks!

The NolaCycle Bike Map Project won the Director's Choice Award for urban planning at DAAPworks this year!

It really blows me away how blown away people at school have been by the project.

Honestly, what is NolaCycle?

NolaCycle is just taking an idea and running with it. It is networking, coordinating, and data collecting. It is not anything so complicated that a dedicated group of advocates couldn't replicate.

NolaCycle is looking at an urban issue in reverse. Instead of planning and then acting, NolaCycle is acting then planning, using what was learned to formulate goals and strategies for the future.

Learning by doing - that is what NolaCycle is.

So what is so special about?

NolaCycle lets us discover our city. It uncovers hidden assets (good roads in the mix of potholes) and devises ways to use those assets.

NolaCycle is building community, or rather uniting community, through data collection. It doesn't sound sexy, but it works. By making data collection a social event, NolaCycle is making something technical into something social. We are connecting by building our understanding of under-used resources and hidden assets. We are connecting by developing plans to use those resources and assets.

And, finally, NolaCycle is building a model that can be used for other urban issues. It is a mindset, a framework, and a strategy for building community and building knowledge.

"Out of all the undergraduate senior problem projects, from all the different cities and towns around America, yours is the only one that really makes me want to live there."

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Loyola University Police Bike Auction June 10th


University Police will hold a bike auction on Wednesday, June 10,
2009 beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Freret Street
garage. Viewing of the bicycles will take place from 4:30p.m. until
auction time. Bid opening will range between $20.00 and $50.00
depending on the condition of the bicycle. All bikes will be sold in an
AS IS CONDITION and ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Checks will only be accepted
from Loyola University community members. All other must pay CASH.
Bikes must be removed immediately upon purchase.

NolaCycle featured in this week's Gambit Weekly - go pick one up!

NolaCycle has been featured in the Gambit Weekly as the COVER STORY!!!!!!! (see image above - that's the cover of the Gambit this week!)

Go to your local coffee shop, locally-owned business, bookstore - where ever the Gambit can be found - and check out the story on NolaCycle, plus the other cycling-related stories.

Here are the links to this week's cycling features:

Chain Gang: A citywide bicycle map nears completion after a year in the making

Share the Road: Being discourteous to cyclists is a form of bullying

Spin Doctors: Bike co-ops get cyclists in touch with their inner mechanic

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Wish you had a 36"x48" poster of the NolaCycle project for your wall? Dream no more - the poster is DONE!!!

One part of the "things I need to do before U.C. will let me go" is COMPLETE and will be printing off tomorrow afternoon.

My poster for NolaCycle can be seen in full-size and full-color on the 5000 level of DAAP (College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning) on the "wooden floor" (by the fancy glassed-in gallery, across the way from the library and college office) all next week. The opening reception for DAAPworks (our college-wide senior show) is Tuesday evening from 5 to 9pm. You can check out not just the world-changing, super exciting planning projects, but also paintings, photographs, sculptures, models, clothing, and posters from all the other programs.

I hear there will be free food...maybe booze? I bet the School of Design will have booze in their gallery. I'll meet you there! Its always better to tell people all about New Orleans when you're buzzed.

In you're not living in exile in Ohio like I am, you can download a small PDF of the poster. It sums up the project in about 2000 words and has pretty pictures - you might even be in one of my pretty pictures! Jade, Andy, Liz, Amanda and Tom are, along with a handful of others. The poster is much more enjoyable to read than my almost 100 page capstone paper. Who knew you could write damn near 70 pages about cycling in New Orleans? (I filled those other 30 pages with maps, pictures, and newspaper clippings - which is NOT cheating because formatting graphics is hard work).

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NolaCycle Bike Map Project by Lauren Rae Sullivan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

Friday, June 5, 2009

One step close to the Colin Goodier Protection Act (aka Louisiana 3ft Law) becoming law!

The Senate Transportation Committee approved the Colin Goodier Protection Act!!!! It will now be sent to the floor to be debated and voted on. always, ignore all the ignorant "public" comments that have been posted about the article.

From - "
Senate committee approves bill to make roads safer for bicyclists"

BATON ROUGE-- A Senate committee stood up for bicyclists Thursday, giving unanimous approval to a bill that would enhance their safety on the road and make it a misdemeanor offense for occupants of cars or truck to throw objects at the cyclists.

The Senate Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works approved House Bill 725 by Rep. Michael Jackson, I-Baton Rouge, sending it to its final legislative stop on the Senate floor.

If the bill becomes law, it will be known as "Colin Goodier Protection Act," after a New Orleans native and avid cyclist who was a fourth-year resident surgeon at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. He died last summer in Iberville Parish while training for a triathlon when his bike was struck from behind by a truck on River Road.

Jackson's bill says that a vehicle must leave a "safe distance" of at least three feet when passing a bicycle on the road, and must maintain the distance until the vehicle safely passes.

The bill also directs the Office of Motor Vehicles to include a summary of the new law in driving manuals and other "instructional publications" for drivers, and requires the state Department of Transportation and Development to "place signs in areas frequently used by bicyclists. . .to make motorists aware of the need to share the road." It also directs the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to engage in a public awareness campaign."

Violations carry a fine of not more than $250, but for motorists who are occupants of vehicles and "harass, taunt or maliciously throw objects at or in the direction of any person riding a bicycle," Jackson's bill says the fine is a minimum of $200 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days."

"Hopefully, we will save somebody's life," Jackson said.

Goodier's mother, Nicette Goodier, testified that since the House passed the bill two weeks ago, one cyclist has been seriously injured by a vehicle and another killed. The accidents happened in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, she said.

Goodier said that 14 states already have laws that set up safe zones for cyclists and at least five others besides Louisiana are debating ones this year.

"Let's legislate awareness now," she said, struggling to keep her composure. She said Louisiana ranks third per capita in bike fatalities.

-Ed Anderson, The Times-Picayune

Thursday, June 4, 2009

New draft map of NolaCycle data

Here's a new draft map of the NolaCycle data. It's just for a small area because we're planning on taking a different approach to digitizing the data than originally planned. I'll post the information on some upcoming digitizing/graphics meetings for July later in the month. If you're into computer programming or GIS, then those will be the meetings for you!

In the mean time, check this map out. From this map you can design your own custom routes. NolaCycle will be doing some recommended routes as well (likely will have a "data map" and a "route map" when it's all said and done), but I didn't feel comfortable drawing up recommended routes without being able to double-check them physically before posting them online. If you see any errors with the data on this map, leave a comment or e-mail me so I can make the corrections.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Violent attack on a cyclist reported on Chef Menteur yesterday

I posted a couple of days ago about a vehicular homicide in Eastern New Orleans that resulted in the loose of Ruben J. Soria. Just yesterday another man on a bike became a victim of violent crime. This post showed up in my google alerts today. I don't usually read the New Orleans Murder Blog, but the author does usually report on all the violent attacks of the day that the news sometimes leaves out. The blog doesn't post anything about the victim or their condition, but we hope that he recovers quickly.

I wanted to call this to everyone's attention so you all can be on alert. I don't have any more details on the incident, but if something shows up in the news with a description of the vehicle or license number, I'll be sure to post that. Not sure if this was an attempted theft or personal attack. If this was an attempted theft, please be careful and be alert if anyone approaches you accusing you of riding their "stolen bike."

From The New Orleans Murder Blog

"3) 6900 block of Chef Menteur. On 06-02-09 at 1230pm, the victim was approached by a male who told him the bike he was riding looked like their bike. The victim rode away. The victim noticed the two men following in a car. The victim turned north on Chantilly and heard several gunshots which struck him in the arm and chest.
NO East, Shooting"