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Connect the 9: Bridging St. Claude for All Users – study now available!

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Connect the 9 (Ct9), a landmark study on improving pedestrian and bicycle safety across the Lower 9’s St. Claude Avenue Bridge is now available. A joint project of CSED and University of New Orleans Urban and Regional Planning students, Ct9 examines the needs, challenges and options for all users of the St. Claude Avenue Bridge, which connects the Upper and Lower 9th Wards across the Industrial Canal.

According to the new study:

“New Orleans ranks among the top cities in the country for walking and bicycling. Higher-than-average rates of active transportation are linked to important factors such as population density, historic neighborhoods, mass transit and park access, and also to the city’s low car ownership rates and the many residents who walk and bicycle out of necessity.

The St. Claude Avenue Bridge poses a dangerous and unjust obstacle to connectivity for non-motorized users, especially for residents of the Lower 9th Ward who rely on the bridge for access to jobs and amenities on the opposite side of the Industrial Canal in the core of the city.”

Through surveys, a bicycle and pedestrian count, interviews, and meetings with Lower 9 residents and other stakeholders, researchers conclude that improving accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians across the St. Claude Avenue Bridge would increase public health, safety and equity. The group presented their findings to the New Orleans City Council last spring. Download the full report here.