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Mini-grants awarded for accessible streets in New Orleans

March 21, 2021 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans group has given out $7,500 in 11 mini-grants for events or projects to build support for safe, accessible, and sustainable streets.

The Complete Streets Coalition grants include $1,000 for the Regional Black Chamber of Commerce to provide bike racks at 10 black-owned businesses in high-traffic areas.

“They believe encouraging alternative modes of transportation in dense areas promotes healthy living and will pique interest in stopping by at local stores and restaurants,” Friday’s grant announcement said.

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Sistahs on Wheels also got $1,000 for Bike Awareness and Fellowship Sunday events at five historically Black churches in Central City. The events are intended to get out the word about the city’s bike network, Complete Streets, and the importance of staying healthy by moving, the grant announcement said.

The Complete Streets Coalition made three $1,000 grants, six for $750 and two for $500.

One of the $500 grants will provide 25 free haircuts to new clients who walk, bike or ride transit to their appointments at Calvin Johnson’s Calvin and Lace Xclusive Barbershop & Salon.

The Full Faith Baptist Church is getting $750 to host a bike ride and 5k walk for the church community. The church also plans to educate congregants, visitors, and friends about the Complete Streets initiative during services and on its website.