A recent article from NOLA.com reflected on how bicycle safety in the year has improved since the Endymion crash that killed two cyclists. Unfortunately, despite actions by the government and increased enforcement by the police, there is still a long way to go.
Cycling is becoming more popular in New Orleans, especially during Carnival season when it’s all too easy to get behind the wheel after drinking. Riders can avoid most of the traffic and get from place to place with ease. However, they still have to contend with drivers who do not respect bicycle lanes or may drive drunk.
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There are plans in the works to create sweeping changes that will improve bicycle safety in the city, but those plans won’t help with this year’s parades. Instead, there are plans for more police on staff to watch the routes. However, what is planned is an audacious expansion to the current bicycle lane system as well as measures to slow the amount of traffic through neighborhoods. Cycling advocates are applauding the plans.
We hope that everyone out for the celebrations this year can stay as safe as possible. It may be a big party, but safety needs to come first so that we can all go home at the end of the night.
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