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Research + Resources
This page contains research and documents produced by PBRI, the University of New Orleans, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, as well as links to additional documents and resources from other governmental agencies, 501c(3) non-governmental organizations, and peer-reviewed scholarly reports and journal articles pertaining to Louisiana and/or general pedestrian and bicycle safety issues.
Specific regulations pertaining to pedestrians and bicycles
A Few Key State Bike Laws
- Obey all traffic laws, signs and lights just like you were driving a car. RS 32:194
- Ride on the right, in the same direction as traffic, not against it. RS 32:197
- Children under 12 must wear a helmet. RS 32:199
- One hand on the handlebars at all times. RS 32:195
- Ride no more than two side-by-side on the street. RS 32:197
- Cars must maintain at least three feet from a bicycle when passing. RS 32:76.1
- It is unlawful to harass, taunt, or maliciously throw objects at or in the direction of any person riding a bicycle RS 32:201
- Bicycles must be equipped with a front-mounted white headlight and a rear-mounted red light when riding after dark RS 32:329.1
For additional tips and information, see the pedestrian and bicycle handout and this concise summary of bicyle laws provided by the Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commision (CPPC).
Complete Streets Laws in Louisiana
Complete Streets policy implementation is underway in Louisiana!
Under the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Complete Streets Policy, adopted in 2010, all Louisiana state road works must now consider the needs and safety considerations of all road users, including cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, handicapped individuals, and youth. View the Complete Streets Workgroup Final Report (2010) for additional background on this policy.
In December, 2011, the City of New Orleans adopted a Complete Streets program to ensure that all road users are considered in the planning, construction, and reconstruction of local roadways as well. View the final, certified policy here. For more information on the Complete Streets policy development process in New Orleans and tips for getting a policy adopted in your community, read the Complete Streets Policy Manual. from UNOTI, the Center for Planning Excellence, and AARP.
In 2013, the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission adopted a complementary Complete Streets policy for the metropolitan region. For more information on this policy, or to get involved in the RPC’s Complete Streets Advisory Committee, click here.
Destination Zero Deaths
Destination Zero Deaths is Louisiana’s campaign to reduce and eliminate roadway fatalities, through the implementation of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan , which outlines various ways safety stakeholders throughout the state can make a difference.
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
The MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public traffic. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) under 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F.
New Orleans Regional Planning Commission Bicycle Safety Media Campaign
- View downloadable materials from New Orleans Regional Planning Commission’s 2009-2010 Bicycle Safety Media Campaign, including images and audio files, here.
- View television spots from the RPC’s 2013 Bicycle Safety Media Campaign featuring the 610 Stompers here:
“Louisiana Enforcement for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training Manual”
- For more information on New Orleans Regional Planning Commission’s Law Enforcement Workshops and training program, click here.
Visit the Research Library for additional resources, materials, and reports.
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Safe Routes to School
The Federal Safe Routes to School Program, now part of the new Transportation Alternatives Program in MAP-21, provides funding for plans that enable elementary and middle school students to walk or pedal safely to school. These plans include infrastructure (engineering) projects and non-infrastructure (education, encouragement, enforcement) programs.
One of PBRI’s goals is to encourage safe routes to schools in Louisiana. We connect communities with advocacy groups, government agencies, and other leaders to promote safe routes to school within the state with a twofold objective:
- To assist cities, parishes, MPO’s, and school agencies to prepare applications for federal SRTS funds and implement SRTS projects
- To assist with SRTS policy development
Our ultimate aim is to significantly increase the number of students walking and pedaling safely to school.
For more information on Safe Routes to School programs, current grant opportunities, or to be connected with Safe Routes advocates in your area, please contact:
University of New Orleans
Louisiana DOTD Safe Routes to School Program
For information on the state’s Safe Routes to School Program, including the most recent application, application instructions, and examples of previous succesful awards, visit DOTD’s Safe Routes to School Program Home Page
For a map and summary of all Safe Routes projects awarded to date, including current project status, visit DOTD’s SRTS Projects Summary Page
Additional Links and Resources
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Connect with State, Regional, and Local government agencies and advocacy organizations to see what’s going on in your area.
Map of Louisiana’s state and local planning agencies and advocacy organizations:
Red = State Agency
Blue = Metropolitan Planning Organization
Yellow = Local Government Agency
Green = Advocacy Organization/NGO
Metropolitan Planning Organizations
City/Parishwide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans or Programs
Louisiana Advocacy Organizations
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About + Contact
PBRI is a joint project of the Merritt C. Becker, Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Regional Planning Commission that acts as a statewide bicycle and pedestrian resource for advocates, planners, engineers, and political figures.
To provide an effective one-stop resource for key decision makers in Louisiana to develop successful pedestrian and bicycle projects throughout the state.
PBRI progresses on its mission by providing access to research, multimedia, and networking resources regarding pedestrian and bicycle data, policy, and infrastructure.
PBRI is staffed by one full-time University of New Orleans employee.
The current faculty person in charge can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to hear from you!