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!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Low-cost, one-day course in bicycle infrastructure design this Wednesday

The New Orleans Regional Planning Commission is hosting a 3-day course titled "Designing for Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety," which started today and runs until Wednesday. The first two days focus on pedestrian infrastructure, and Wednesday will cover designing for bicycles. Today's session was very informative, so I'd strongly encourage anyone interested in learning design standards and best practices to attend. (Sorry for not posting this sooner - I didn't learn about it until Sunday.)

Registration is officially closed, but if you contact Dan Jatres via e-mail ( or phone (504-483-8505), you may still be able to reserve a spot for Wednesday's bicycle course. The cost is only $20 for public sector employees and members of community groups. If you work for a private sector firm (real estate, construction, planning, architecture, engineering, etc.), the fee is $100.

Topics to be covered at Wednesday's bicycle workshop
  • Principles of bicycling and designing for bicycling
  • On-road bikeway designs
  • Intersection design for bicycles
  • Signing and marking facilities
  • Shared use path design
Attends will receive
  • AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities ($45 value)
  • Professional development credit: LAPELS, ASLA, APA
The course is designed as a professional development workshop for traffic engineers and urban planners, but students and people involved in advocacy, real estate development, architecture, and public health could really benefit from this as well. As public demand for bicycle considerations continues to build, more and more private developments will need to incorporate biking paths, lanes, and parking. Therefore, developers and architects should be familiar with basic bicycle facility design elements. Community members and public health professionals can better advocate for bicycle considerations when they understand how they are designed and built.

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