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Over the last decade, there has been a surge in bicycle and pedestrian use in communities that have invested in active transportation infrastruc-ture and programming. While these increases show potentially promising trends, many of the cities that have shown the highest growth are geo-graphically concentrated in the northern tier of the country. Communities in the South have tended to lag behind the northern and western cities in terms of active transportation use.

The Active Transportation Measurement and Benchmarking Development: New Orleans Case Study aims to improve the policy making and planning framework by creating a comprehensive set of active transportation indicators on current usage and safety trends in New Orleans. New Orleans is significantly expanding the scope of active transportation facilities, moving from under 5 miles of bicycle facilities before Katrina to over 40 miles in 2010. This project will

The Pedestrian/Bicycle Resource Initiative at the University of New Orleans surveyed bicycle and pedestrian plans from around the country to determine best practices for monitoring trends in walking and bicycling. The State of Active Transportation: New Orleans provides an overview of key indicators that trace existing conditions for walking and bicycling in New Orleans, designed to identify needs through an examination of current conditions and trends for walking and bicycling in New Orleans and pri-oritize policies designed to improve conditions


The preparation of this report has been financed by the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency, a University Transportation Center collaboration between Louisiana State University and the University of New Or-leans, using U.S. DOT research funds.