The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously at its Feb. 26 meeting to establish a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Committee, as proposed by Transportation and Airport Committee Chairman Jared Brossett. The committee will provide recommendations to the council pertaining to transportation safety concerns in accordance with the Vision Zero policy the council adopted in October 2014.
Vision Zero, a policy pitched by nonprofit transportation advocacy groups Bike Easy and RIDE New Orleans, aims to educate the public and improve public infrastructure with a goal of eliminating traffic-related deaths. Brossett said creating a safe infrastructure for all kinds of roadway users is important, especially with the population of the city expected to grow, but that government agencies can't do it alone. "One life is too much to lose," said Brossett. "...Whatever your mode of transportation is, it should be respected and the law should be abided by."
At-Large Councilman Jason Williams called the ordinance "a huge part in making our city what we want it to be." Williams said New Orleans takes pride in how "cool" it is, but such committees help make the city "look the way we want it to look." No timetable was set for formation of the committee and no members were named.