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Friends of Lafitte Greenway: Night Out Against Crime

The National Night Out Against Crime is a community-building campaign that occurs once a year to promotes police-community partnerships and brings communities together to make neighborhoods safer and better places to live. It is designed to enhances relationships between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and brings police and neighbors together through an informal and positive annual event. For the 32nd year of this event in the Crescent City neighborhoods across New Orleans hosted a total of 200 events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, public officials, and exhibits.

I was honored to represent Friends of Lafitte Greenway at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center’s Night Out Against Crime.

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As a team, we set out to discuss bike and driver safety on the Greenway as well as inform community members of the safety options that are provided on the Greenway such as the flashing safety beacons. These flashing beacons are located at 5 different intersections on the Greenway: Claiborne, Galvez, Broad, Jefferson Davis, and Carrollton Ave. We set up a piece of wood with one of these flashing safety beacons painted in it. We spoke with community members about what it means to be a smart and safe cyclist and driver. After a brief discussion, they could throw a plush ball at the painted beacon. The button at the center of the safety beacon pole was worth three points and the road painted to the right of the beacon was worth one point. To win either a sticker, flashing bike light, or lollipop, the community member had to earn a total of five points.

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The kids were buzzing around the table all evening. They were actively engaged in learning and discussing bike safety and playing the beacon game to help familiarize themselves with the safety beacons on the Greenway. It was a fantastic event and a wonderful way to educate and interact with the Greenway community.

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