Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors host "Safe-Tea on the Lafitte Greenway" Friday to raise safety awareness

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The event will be held at the Broad Street Theatre (636 N Broad St.) near the Greenway’s crossing at North Broad Street, identified by the Ambassadors as a high-need area for education and awareness. Participants at the event will be able to create and display their own safety signs to help raise awareness of the importance of this issue.

The Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors will host “Safe-Tea on the Lafitte Greenway” on Friday (June 10) from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as part of their efforts to raise awareness in the community of people on bikes, on foot, and in cars at the Lafitte Greenway’s major crossings. The event will be held at the Broad Street Theatre (636 N Broad St.) near the Greenway’s crossing at North Broad Street, identified by the Ambassadors as a high-need area for education and awareness.

Participants at the event will be able to create and display their own safety signs to help raise awareness of the importance of this issue. Free iced tea will be served. A press conference will follow. This initiative is supported by Bike Easy and Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

“Together, by looking out for our neighbors, we can make the Lafitte Greenway and its major street crossings safe for all users — people on foot, on bikes, and in cars,” Sophie Harris, Executive Director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, said in a press release. “This event will raise awareness about the Greenway’s street crossings, and working to create a healthier, safer New Orleans.”

The Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors are a group of citizen advocates and leaders developed out of the Foundation for Louisiana’s TOGETHER Initiative in conjunction with Bike Easy. Throughout a 10-week training program, the Ambassadors identify transportation problems and lead community-based campaigns that advocate for safer, more equitable and more affordable transportation options in their neighborhoods.

(Learn more: Read about FFL’s TOGETHER Initiative here.)

City Council members have expressed support for this effort, with some expected to attend. City Councilmember Susan Guidry (District A) voiced her support for Greenway safety: “The Lafitte Greenway is fast becoming a major transportation and recreation artery. While this is exciting, the Greenway’s unique construction necessarily leads to frequent interactions among drivers, bikers and pedestrians. The Safe-Tea on the Greenway event is a great way to raise awareness and remind everyone that safety should always be their first priority while driving, biking, and walking across streets and intersections.”

RSVP to the Facebook event here.