Pedestrian and Bicycle Program

The Regional Planning Commission’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Program is working to create walkable and bikeable communities for the citizens of Southeast Louisiana. Through the programs and initiatives listed below, we aim to raise awareness, promote safety and encourage increased walking and bicycling.

New Orleans Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling

The 2016 New Orleans Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling, newly updated with an additional 40 miles of bikeways, is the third edition of the popular map, after originally debuting in 2012. Newly expanded, the bigger and better map reflects the latest additions to the New Orleans Bikeway Network (as of April 2016) and new connector routes suggested by the public. The Guide to Safe Cycling provides drivers and riders with an overview of traffic laws so that everyone can stay safe and legal on the city streets, as well as a new guide to Trail Etiquette. Printed copies are available free of charge at all New Orleans Public Library branches, local bike shops, and Bike Easy events. Or download a copy below.

Greater New Orleans Pedestrian & Bicycle Program

In partnership with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the RPC's Greater New Orleans Pedestrian & Bicycle Program has developed a variety of initiatives to improve walking and bicycling conditions in the New Orleans area and across Louisiana.

  • Design Workshop: 3-day workshop covering pedestrian and bicycle planning and design best practices
  • Law Enforcement Workshop: 2-day workshop covering Louisiana laws, common crash types and enforcement methods
  • Bicycle Commuter Workshop: 2-hour workshop for people interested in using bicycles as transportation
  • Media Campaign and Outreach: annual print and radio campaigns focusing on a variety of pedestrian and bicycle safety messages
  • Pedestrian Bicycle Resource Initiative (PBRI): statewide resource for pedestrian and bicycle research in partnership with the University of New Orleans

Complete Streets

Complete Streets is an approach to planning, designing, building, and operating multi-modal transportation networks that provide people with transportation options whether on foot, on bike, riding transit, or in a car.  The Regional Planning Commission has been a leader and supporter of Complete Streets in Louisiana for many years, helping to establish the DOTD Policy in 2010, developing and adopting our own policy in 2012 (see below), and working with our member parishes and municipalities to adopt policies and plans that integrate a complete streets approach.

Read more about the RPC Complete Streets Policy (adopted Novemebr 2012).

Plans and Studies

The RPC has produced or participated in a number of plans to promote and develop improved pedestrian and bicycle conditions in Southeast Louisiana.

  • St. Charles Parish Comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (January 2019)

    • St. Charles Parish completed and adopted a Comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan after extensive engagement through public workshops, an on-line survey, meetings with public officials, and significant technical evaluation hand in hand with the LA DOTD, the RPC and numerous St. Charles Parish Departments. It outlines capital and programmatic investments needed to create a safe and connected network for people on bikes or walking who have multiple geographic barriers to connectivity (i.e. industrial land uses, major street network made up of state highways, and the MS river which bisects the parish).

    Final Report
    Appendix A
    Appendix B
    Appendix C
    Appendix D
  • St. Bernard Parish Bikeway and Pedestrian Plan Update (June 2017)

    • This Plan Update expands citizen engagement and technical evaluation to develop a comprehensive bicycle network, guided by newly established St. Bernard Parish Policy Resolution and Complete Streets Ordinances. The Pedestrian component conducts an inventory of sidewalks, curb ramps and crossings to evaluate conditions in a large part of the urban area.
  • New Orleans Bike Share Feasibility Study & Business Plan (December 2014)

    • The Bike Share Feasibility Study & Business Plan analyzes various organizational structures, operational phasing, and funding strategies to launch and operate a successful and equitable bike share system in New Orleans.
  • City of New Orleans Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) Part 1: Engineering Strategies (July 2014)

    • The Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) takes a data-drive approach to identifying high-frequency locations for severe and fatal crashes involving pedestrians, reviews contributing factors and proposes engineering countermeasures. Applied systemically, these countermeasures can address locations with crash histories as well as locations with common conditions to advance the City's goal of a 50% pedestrian crash reduction by 2030.
  • Jefferson Parish Bicycle Master Plan (December 2013)

    • Jefferson Parish evaluates its street network and trail system to create a system of routes, recommended infrastructure, policy and program changes that will transform the cycling environment that is envisioned by its citizens.
  • State of Active Transportation (November 2010)

    • Developed in partnership with the University of New Orleans, the State of Active Transportation provides an overview of key indicators that trace existing conditions for walking and bicycling in the City of New Orleans.
  • New Orleans Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (September 2006)

    • The "New Orleans Metropolitan Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan" reviewed existing conditions in the region for pedestrians and bicyclists and laid out policies and programs to promote and support increased pedestrian and bicycle transportation and safety. Many of the recommendations from this report are now being implemented by the Greater New Orleans Pedestrian & Bicycle Program.


Complete Streets

  • Walk and Ride: A Resource to Pedestrian, Bicycle and Complete Streets Funding in Louisiana" (January 2014)

    • Developed by the Center of Planning Excellence and the Louisiana Public Health Institute, this guide focuses on the state, regional and local programs and funding sources that can be used to plan and implement pedestrian, bicycle and Complete Streets projects. The guide is intended to be a one-stop resource that consolidates and simplifies information needed to pursue funding for enhancing bicycle and pedestrian networks.

Crash Reports

Analysis of crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are conducted on a regular interval to help identify trends; geographic, demographic and behavioral, that contribute to crashes in our region. This is a continuation of work RPC began in the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Count Reports

Since 2010, the RPC has coordinated an ever growing number of locations to observe walking and bicycling activity. These locations are a mix of locations where walking and bicycling facilities have been added and/or improved and control locations where roadway changes have not occurred in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. At locations counted since 2010, bicycling has increased 52% and walking has increased 53% through 2014..

Louisiana Laws

The laws that govern pedestrians and bicyclists are generally state laws contained within the Louisiana Revised Statutes Title 32. Additionally, some parishes and municipalities have their own ordinances that apply to pedestrians and bicyclists.

A list of state laws and local ordinances can be found at the Louisiana Bike Guide..


  • Bike Easy: The local advocacy organization working to improve the bicycle environment of the New Orleans region.
  • Mississippi River Trail: A national organization working to complete the Mississippi River Trail from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. MRT and RPC have a strategic partnership to develop the trail in Southeast Louisiana on both sides of the river.
  • National Complete Streets Coalition:
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