Draft Parish Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan unveiled

Plan proposes new bicycle pedestrian bridge connecting Val Riess Park to the future 40 Arpent trail.

St. Bernard Parish Government and the Regional Planning Commission for Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes will be hosting an open house to review a draft of the new Bikeway and Pedestrian Plan for St. Bernard Parish.

This update was initiated last November with a $40,000 grant from the Regional Planning Commission.   The purpose of the project is to update the existing 2014 plan to reflect current plans for future bicycle facilities (for example,  bicycle  routes, paths, trails and bicycle lanes) and pedestrian improvements like sidewalks and crosswalks.

The project is led by a consultant team headed by Ellen Soll, Soll Planning New Orleans, working with ALTA Planning and Design of Portland, Oregon. The consultant team was assisted by a Technical Advisory Committee who provided input on needs, methodology, current planning, programmed construction, and proposed improvements.   The Technical Advisory Team includes Michael Bayham (St. Bernard Transit Manager), Clare Brown (Regional Planning Commission), Scott Boyle (La. Department of Transportation and Development), Walter Brooks (Executive Director, Regional Planning Commission), Lynn DuPont (Regional Planning Commission), Deborah Jan Fagan (St. Bernard bicycle and pedestrian coordinator), Dan Jatres (Regional Planning Commission), Susan Klees (Bike St. Bernard), Keith Lagrange (St. Bernard Public Works Director), Howard Luna (St. Bernard Parish Council), Guy McInnis (Parish President),  Karen Parsons (Project Manager, Regional Planning Commission), Carol Perkins (St. Bernard Parish ADA Committee), Richard Poche (St. Bernard Parish GIS Manager), Jason Stopa (St. Bernard Parish Planning Director), and Clint Trahant (St. Bernard Parish Planning Commission),

The new plan lays out a vision of a regional bikeway network designed to connect neighborhoods with two major regional trails – one along the Mississippi River and a second along the 40 Arpent. The draft plan includes recommendations for bicycle routes, shared marked lanes, bicycle lanes, multi-purpose trails, sidewalk connections, and other improvements spanning the entire Parish.

The pedestrian element, in particular, was guided by the Parish’s 2016 Complete Streets Policy which identified focus areas for future improvements.

“We appreciate the work that has been done to develop this draft plan by the Parish Technical Advisory Committee and consultant team.  We are looking forward to hearing the public’s input on the various recommended improvements.” said Parish President Guy McInnis.

New parish plan envisons a regional bikeway network that includes parallel multi-purpose trails along The Mississippi River and the 40 Arpent.