KidsWalk Coalition to update its school walkability report

Physical Activity Research Special Interest Projects (SIPs)

Published: November 30, 2013

By Naomi King Englar November 2013 Many sidewalks and streets around New Orleans public schools have been improved over the past few years, but other schools and their students still face unsafe walking conditions, according to preliminary information from a KidsWalk Coalition report to be released by the end of December 2013. Studies show providing safe, walkable and bikeable urban environments are proven ways to improve health by encouraging residents to be physically active. And,…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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Published: September 30, 2013

First bike corrals installed in New Orleans New Orleans’ first pair of bike corrals – racks that hold several bicycles in one spot – were christened in the French Quarter in September, thanks to a public-private partnership between city government, business leaders and bike advocates. “We’re grateful for the support of our partners in the French Quarter, as we work to achieve our goal of providing secure bike parking to our community,” said C. Garlan…

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Traffic safety camera campaign features Tulane PRC & partners

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Published: August 28, 2013

American Traffic Solutions has teamed up with partners in New Orleans to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and red-light running. The campaign not only explains the dangers to vulnerable populations (bicyclists, walkers and children), but also how the camera systems work to reduce injuries and fatalities. Featured in the video is Dr. Kathryn Parker, director of KidsWalk Coalition and assistant director of The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University, who states, “Traffic cameras…

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KidsWalk Coalition's Breakfast Roundtable: Active & Ready to Learn

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Published: July 24, 2013

Active and Ready to Learn: Transportation’s Role in Creating Healthy and Academic Ready Students Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and KidsWalk Coalition at the Tulane Prevention Research Center are proud to co-sponsor a free breakfast roundtable discussion about the role transportation plays in the health and academic readiness of New Orleans’ school age children. Please join us for breakfast and to contribute to an important conversation about creating social change through transportation…

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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

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Published: May 31, 2013

State deciding fate of New Orleans ferries A recent study from nonprofit Ride New Orleans found that most people taking the city’s ferries depend on them to get to and from work. But the fate of New Orleans’ ferries is uncertain with state lawmakers yet to make a final decision. Nonprofit Ride New Orleans interviewed more than 1,500 individuals and found that 51 percent of riders use the ferries to get to their jobs –…

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Bike to Work Day celebrates active commuting

Physical Activity Research

Published: March 31, 2013

by Naomi Englar March 2013 Hundreds of bicycles will take to the streets to celebrate Bike to Work Day on April 9 in New Orleans. The citywide event promotes bicycling as a healthy option for commuting to work and has seen local politicians like New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu participate in previous years. “We anticipate this year we’ll have a huge turnout for Bike to Work Day,” said Marin Tockman, communications and development director at…

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Local advocacy group announces results of street safety audits for walking and bicycling to school in New Orleans

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Published: May 17, 2011

The KidsWalk Coalition recently released a report indicating that 60 percent of New Orleans public school areas surveyed lack safe environments for walking and bicycling to school. “Stepping to School: An assessment of neighborhood walkability and solutions for a safer, healthier New Orleans” features results of walkability surveys of the areas surrounding all public elementary and middle schools in New Orleans covering nearly 175 miles of sidewalks. The survey revealed that in total, more than…

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Press conference announcing release of school safety audit report

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Published: May 13, 2011

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Johnson Elementary School receives national grant to create walking school bus program

Published: January 30, 2011

James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in New Orleans is one of 25 schools nationwide to receive a mini-grant from the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) to create a walking school bus program during the spring semester of the 2010-2011 school year. The $1,000 mini-grants awarded are for projects designed to encourage safe walking and bicycling to and from school. Supported by Louisiana Retired Teacher Association volunteers and the Hollygrove Walking Club members,…

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Walk & Roll Louisiana 2010

Education & Engagement

Published: November 30, 2010

Families, citizen advocates and policymakers from New Orleans and across the state gathered on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Walk & Roll Louisiana 2010 to work toward improving street safety for recreation, cycling and transportation. This free, one-day summit was the first of its kind in Louisiana to draw concerned pedestrians, bicyclists, transit-riders and persons with disabilities together to improve the safety of New Orleans streets and to raise awareness of the challenges youth face to…

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