Cross Walks

walkzonesMap sent in by Bill Dalton. Click on the map for a larger view.

Trying to get from one side of Esplanade Avenue to the other can sometimes make one “cross”. But, that’s not what crosswalks should be. There are three dotted line areas noted in the map above which are crosswalks on Esplanade between Broad and Moss Street. These should be safe havens for pedestrians to cross Esplanade Avenue not a run-for-your-life situation.

Crosswalks aren’t ignored just in New Orleans. If you believe it is important enough to do something about, please continue reading.

Charlie London

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Mexico City has a lot of things going for it, but it’s not a great place to walk. It has one of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the world: there were approximately 1,000 pedestrian deaths in 2014, compared to 132 in New York City and 64 in London. (Each city has a population around 8.5 million.)

But Mexico City residents have a secret weapon: 29-year-old civil servant Jorge Cañez, who moonlights as Peatónito, a lucha libre defender of pedestrian rights. (Pedestrians are peatones in Spanish.)

Please visit the link below for the rest of the story:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mexico-citys-lucha-libre-hero-comes-to-pedestrians-rescue_us_56901ed1e4b0c8beacf7064a

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In 2010, I highlighted crosswalk safety.  I received the following from neighbor Diane Angelico:

Diane Angelico writes, “excellent idea. An elderly gentleman who lived where Kelly and Bob Thibeau live now was struck by a car and killed crossing on esplanade. Do not know if it was that intersection or the one straight down Grand Route. This happened back in the mid to late 80s.”

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10 Ways to Make Streets Safer: A Primer for the Citizen

by Jill Escher of Walk San Jose

1. Put in Zebra Stripes at Key Crosswalks
The easiest and least expensive thing a city can do to improve conditions for pedestrians is to simply improve the visibility and prominence of crosswalks on high-volume streets.

2. Place Bicycle Lanes on More Streets
Another inexpensive action is bike lanes. They make the streets safer for bike use, thus encouraging bicycling as an alternative to the car. They separate pedestrians further from car traffic and they narrow car lanes in some cases, causing cars to slow down.

3. Place Pedestrian Islands/Refuges on Busy Streets
Refuge Islands bring the safety of the raised sidewalk to the center of the street. This can be an effective way to improve safety without having to install an expensive traffic signal. It can be particularly effective when combined with corner “bulb-outs.” See #5.

4. Restore our “Stolen” Corners
City’s should restore tight, old-fashioned “square” corners to our intersections, and discard the broad, rounded “speedway” corners currently favored by traffic engineers. The modern, broad corners induce motorists to speed as they make turns through intersections, they create unduly large intersections that are scary to cross on foot, and they steal key territory from pedestrians and give it to cars.

5. Place “Bulb-outs” at Key Intersections
Imagine blowing air into a regular street corner’s sidewalk until it expands out into the intersection a few feet on all sides. That’s a bulb-out! These type of curb extenders are popular in retail districts. They shorten the distance across a street and make pedestrians more visible to oncoming drivers. They also slow car speeds which is a boon to nearby retail stores. Store owners want people to slow down and look, and they want people to be able to easily cross the street to their store.

6. Add More Crosswalks
Some cities claim to be improving pedestrian safety by removing crosswalks. They argue that crosswalks provide a “false sense of security.” They are wrong. What crosswalks do is communicate to motorists that they should yield to pedestrians. Without crosswalks, motorists are simply not inclined to stop for a pedestrian. What we need are safer crosswalks. Lighted crosswalks or raised crosswalks are good examples. (In Arcata, Calif., crosswalks were erased to erase “liability.” -ed.)

7. Convert Four-lane “Collector” Streets to Three-lane “Multi-modal” Streets
A three lane street has periodic turning lanes which efficiently take turning cars out of the flow of traffic. Four lane roads are less efficient because turning movements are unpredictable and require a lane change into flowing traffic. It is much safer for a pedestrian to cross this type of street than a standard four lane street with no median. This treatment creates the
opportunity to add bicycle lanes without removing any parking spaces.

8. Install Roundabouts
Medium-sized traffic circles and small-sized roundabouts are increasingly popular traffic control devices. They are an effective and inexpensive alternative to traffic signals or stop signs.

9. Install Speed Humps
Speed humps can be effective at diverting cut-through traffic from neighborhood streets, and slowing traffic down to about 15 MPH. They are much less jarring than their smaller counterpart, “speed bumps.”

10. Join your local affiliate group
We can connect you to other advocates and help you to get educated as well as to educate others.

courtesy: Walk San Jose, in turn from THE PEDESTRIAN FOOT PRINT, The Bay Area’s Pedestrian Newsletter: Vol. 2, Issue 3, February 2000. Published monthly by BayPeds.

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DRIVER AND PEDESTRIAN BEHAVIOR AT CROSSWALKS

A companion study was conducted by Knoblauch et al. on pedestrian and motorist behavior and on vehicle speed before and after crosswalk installation at sites in Minnesota, New York, and Virginia (on two-lane and three-lane streets) to help gain a better understanding of the effects of marked crosswalks versus unmarked crosswalks. The study results revealed that very few motorists stopped or yielded to pedestrians either before or after marked crosswalks were installed. After marked crosswalks were installed, there was a small increase in pedestrian scanning behavior before stepping out into the street.

Also, there was approximately a 1.6-km/h (1-mi/h) reduction in vehicle speed after the marked crosswalks were installed. These behavioral results tend to contradict the false sense of security claims attributed to marked crosswalks, since observed pedestrian behavior actually improved after marked crosswalks were installed at the study sites. However, measures such as pedestrian awareness and an expectation that motorists will stop for them cannot be collected by field observation alone. Installing marked crosswalks
or other measures can affect pedestrian level of service if the measures increase the number of motorists who stop and yield to pedestrians.
Reference: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/04100/04100.pdf

Pedestrians are legitimate users of the transportation system, and their needs should be identified routinely —and appropriate solutions selected—to improve pedestrian safety and access. Deciding where to mark crosswalks is only one consideration in meeting that objective.

The study results revealed that under no condition was the presence of a marked crosswalk alone at an uncontrolled location associated with a significantly lower pedestrian crash rate compared to an unmarked crosswalk. Furthermore, on multilane roads with traffic volumes greater than 12,000 vehicles per day, having a marked crosswalk was associated with a higher pedestrian crash rate (after controlling for other site factors) compared to an unmarked crosswalk. Therefore, adding marked crosswalks alone (i.e., with no engineering, enforcement, or education enhancement) is not expected to reduce pedestrian crashes for any of the conditions included in the study. On many roadways, particularly multilane and high-speed
crossing locations, more substantial improvements often are needed for safer pedestrian crossings, such as providing raised medians, installing traffic signals (with pedestrian signals) when warranted, implementing speed-reducing measures, and/or other practices. In addition, development patterns that reduce the speed and number of multilane roads should be encouraged.

Street crossing locations should be routinely reviewed to consider the three following available options:

1. No special provisions needed.

2. Provide a marked crosswalk alone.

3. Install other crossing improvements (with or without a marked crosswalk) to reduce vehicle speeds,
shorten the crossing distance, or increase the likelihood of motorists stopping and yielding.

GUIDELINES FOR CROSSWALK INSTALLATION

Marked pedestrian crosswalks may be used to delineate preferred pedestrian paths across roadways under the following conditions:

• At locations with stop signs or traffic signals to direct pedestrians to those crossing locations and to prevent vehicular traffic from blocking the pedestrian path when stopping for a stop sign or red light.

• At nonsignalized street crossing locations in designated school zones. Use of adult crossing guards, school signs and markings, and/or traffic signals with pedestrian signals (when warranted) should be considered in conjunction with the marked crosswalk, as needed.

• At nonsignalized locations where engineering judgment dictates that the number of motor vehicle lanes, pedestrian exposure, average daily traffic (ADT), posted speed limit, and geometry of the location would make the use of specially designated crosswalks desirable for traffic/pedestrian safety and mobility.

Marked crosswalks alone (i.e., without traffic-calming treatments, traffic signals and pedestrian signals when warranted, or other substantial crossing improvement) are insufficient.

Reference: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/04100/04100.pdf

Whether you walk, bike or drive, take 5 seconds to follow crosswalk safety guidelines.

Pedestrians:
• Always cross at marked crosswalks.
You forfeit your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere.
• Obey any pedestrian signals and look left-right-left
to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.
• If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver
to be sure s/he sees you before you cross.
• Look before walking past stopped vehicles.
Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first.
• Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians
unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles.
Bicyclists:
• Yield to pedestrians.
• Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians
unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles
and forfeit their rights as pedestrians in the case of an accident or citation.
• Use marked bike paths or multi-use paths when available.
• Obey vehicular traffic signals and laws on the roadways.
• Use extra caution as you transition between bike paths, roads and sidewalks.
Be aware that your actions are unpredictable to drivers and pedestrians.

Drivers:
• Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
• Be prepared to stop
at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.
• Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders
whose approaches to the crosswalk may be much swifter than those of pedestrians.
• Come to a complete stop
if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
• Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in
before resuming travel.
• Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.

Walking Parade Saturday

fsj-bayou-websiteKarin Barbee and her “bayou babies” will meet at Desmare Playground (3456 Esplanade) at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday January 30 for a walking parade.

Stop by Desmare Playground to visit and have a pastry. Bring a noise making device and parade with the whole family! Participants will make a simple loop. The parade will cross the Magnolia bridge then proceed along Bayou St. John then cross the Orleans Avenue bridge then back to Desmare Playground to play.

Dean Burridge walked many miles each day throughout the neighborhood with his dog Benny. He often walked along Bayou St. John. This parade might be a good way to remember Dean and the circle of life.

HIKE THE LAFITTE GREENWAY MARCH 5

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Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip.

The annual Hike is back! Let’s hit the trail.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016

10:00 Gather and Register
Basin Street Trailhead – detailed location to be announced
Free, live music, family-friendly.

10:15 – 12:00 3-Mile Hike
Hike the Greenway – Basin St. to Bernadotte
Guided tour led by Lafitte Greenway Ambassadors. Learn about the Greenway’s stormwater management features and history. Live performances along the way!

12:00 – 2:00 Base Camp Block Party
Second Line Brewing – 433 N. Bernadotte
Live music, food trucks, yard games, environmental sustainability & stormwater management education.
$1 from every beer donated to Friends of Lafitte Greenway, 12-3PM

Free shuttle back to Basin Street

GET INVOLVED!

RSVP at lafittegreenway.org/hike2016

Apply to become a Lafitte Greenway Ambassador at http://www.lafittegreenway.org/ambassadors. Are you a community member interested in helping to lead the Hike and to engage your community in Lafitte Greenway programming and stewardship? Apply by February 12th. Know someone that would make a great Ambassador that isn’t online? Call 504.702.6778.

Email Nellie@lafittegreenway.org if your organization is interested in setting up a table at the Base Camp Block Party.

PRESENTED BY:
Entergy Louisiana

GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY:
I.A.T.S.E Local 478
Stirling Properties’ Mid-City Market
Whole Foods Market New Orleans
Second Line Brewing

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Saturday, March 05, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Lafitte Greenway at Basin St. to Second Line Brewing in New Orleans, LA

Green Up

Photos courtesy Friends of Lafitte Greenway

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WHEN
January 18, 2016 at 9am – 11am
WHERE
Patio at Mid City Market | 401 N Carrollton Ave | New Orleans
Google map and directions

CONTACT
Nellie Catzen · nellie@lafittegreenway.org · 504-702-6778

Friends of Lafitte Greenway and the LSU School of Public Health will be out to Green Up! Mid-City on MLK Day, and TrashMOB is joining the fun.

TrashMOB will bring trashbags, gloves, and trash grabbers. We have orange vests to wear near the bigger streets. Please wear close-toed shoes. Long sleeves and pants are suggested, along with sunscreen. (Keep up with TrashMOB or Friends of Lafitte on Facebook and Twitter if there’s a question on the weather.)

Many hands make light work!
We’ll be out for two hours, and you won’t believe how much we can get done working together!

Please RSVP at the FOLG Link: http://www.lafittegreenway.org/mlk2016

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Turn your day off this MLK day into a “day on”! Join Friends of Lafitte Greenway and students and faculty of LSU School of Public Health in celebrating and commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with this MLK Day Green-Up.

Bike and Bash December 12

A Bike and Bash event will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 3pm-6:30pm.   The event will start in Lemann Park (628 N. Claiborne Ave) with arts & crafts and a safety talk.  Then everyone will walk or bike to Parkway Bakery for a party.   The Friends of Lafitte Greenway hope to host monthly events for health and wellness.

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Celebrate the opening of the Lafitte Greenway with a free community ride and party!

3:00 Gather at Lemann Playground
628 N Claiborne Ave / Greenway at Claiborne Riverside
Live Music by James Andrews, Bike Decoration Station, Hula Hooping, Fun for the Family!
Bring your bike or walking shoes.

3:30
Community Bike
1.5 Mile Ride & Walk to Parkway Bakery

4:00 Bash at Parkway Bakery and Tavern
538 Hagan Ave
Musical Entertainment by James Andrews, DJ Hunter King, $5 Po’Boys; Specialty Food Items, Refreshments, Bike Easy Bike Valet

HOSTED BY FRIENDS OF LAFITTE GREENWAY
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
New Orleans City Councilmembers Jared Brossett, Latoya Cantrell, Susan Guidry, Nadine Ramsey
NORDC
Parks and Parkways
Bike Easy
New Orleans Regional Traffic Safety Coalition
Hey Now Hooping

GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY
Parkway Bakery and Tavern
IATSE Local 478
Mid-City Market
Whole Foods Market
People for Bikes
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
New Belgium Brewing
Coca-Cola Foundation

WHEN:
December 12, 2015 at 3pm – 6:30pm

WHERE:
Lemann Playground to Parkway Bakery
628 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans

Google map and directions

LAFITTE GREENWAY IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

CITY CELEBRATES OPENING OF
LAFITTE GREENWAY BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATH
2.6 mile Linear Park Stretches from French Quarter to Mid-City
NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City Councilmembers, City Officials, and community stakeholders to celebrate the opening of the $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path. Stretching 2.6 miles, the Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path is a multi-use trail and linear park connecting six historic neighborhoods from the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. The Lafitte Greenway corridor is bounded by Basin Street, Lafitte Street, St. Louis Street and North Alexander Street. Before being converted to a railroad right-of-way, the corridor was the site of the Carondelet Canal that brought ships from Lake Pontchartrain and Bayou St. John to the historic French Quarter.

“The Lafitte Greenway is a truly transformational project that will spur community revitalization in the heart of New Orleans,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “By converting this former industrial railway into a recreational green space, we are promoting not only healthy lifestyles, but also connecting neighborhoods in an entirely new way. As one of my administration’s committed capital projects, the Lafitte Greenway is another sign of the city we are working every day to build.”

The Lafitte Greenway lighting became operational this week.  Photo courtesy Jennifer Ruley.
 Lafitte Greenway lighting. Photo courtesy Jennifer Ruley.

The Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path includes a 12-foot wide asphalt path for bicyclists and pedestrians, new recreation fields and green space, landscaping improvements with over 500 trees, native meadows, rain gardens, trail lighting, storm water retention features, curb extensions, signal-enhanced high visibility crosswalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps at sidewalk corners, environmental remediation and a crushed stone walking path. A bicycle/pedestrian roundabout links the Lafitte Greenway with the Jefferson Davis Parkway and Wisner Bike Trails. At this time, the Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path is managed by the City of New Orleans. The City is working with The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit dedicated to conservation, on a long-range management structure to ensure the Lafitte Greenway’s operation and security. The Trust for Public Land was also a partner in the development of the Lafitte Greenway by acquiring and donating property for the project. With assistance from the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, an innovative federal union comprised of 14 agencies, the City is receiving technical support to promote the Lafitte Greenway’s long term viability.

Because of heavy rains in the spring and summer of this year, the recreation fields and greenspace adjacent to the Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path remain closed to the public as grass and meadow plantings continue to establish. Because of the growing season in New Orleans, these areas may not be fully established until late spring 2016. The City is monitoring its contractor, Durr Construction, as it maintains the fields and landscaping during this period. The City requests that the public stay on the multi-use trail and avoid walking on the grassy areas during this period. Until the City fully opens the Lafitte Greenway’s recreation fields and green space, no official activities or events will be permitted.

District A Councilmember Susan G. Guidry said , “Proposed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Lafitte Greenway is truly a transformative development for New Orleans.  Connecting historic neighborhoods through four Council districts, the Greenway establishes a new corridor for transportation, health, neighborhood business, and community development in the heart of our city. Coming into office, I identified the Greenway as my top priority project, and I have been proud to work with the community leaders, particularly the Friends of Lafitte Greenway, whose tireless advocacy, planning, and community building efforts have made this day a reality. The Greenway’s potential is immense, and today’s grand opening is only the beginning. I look forward to continuing to work to make the Greenway the best it can be as amenities, programming and community partnerships are established in the months and years to come.”

District B Councilmember LaToya Cantrell said, “The opening of the Lafitte Greenway signifies another milestone for the city’s transportation infrastructure. As we move forward, we must also encourage our residents to actively learn and understand vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian safety.”

With the completion of the Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path, New Orleans now has 100 miles of designated bikeways. The Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path connects to bikeways in the French Quarter and Central Business District via the Basin Street/ Loyola Avenue bikeway. It also crosses existing and future bikeways on North Galvez Street, North Broad Street, and North Jefferson Davis Parkway. Before Hurricane Katrina, there were only five miles.

Click here to learn more about bicycling in New Orleans

The Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path is part of the Lafitte Corridor Revitalization Plan which was developed by the New Orleans City Planning Commission in conjunction with the City’s Department of Public Works. The Lafitte Greenway Bicycle and Pedestrian Path was designed by Design Workshop and constructed by Durr Heavy Construction. Diedonne Enterprises, A&A Enterprises, Metro Service Group, Traffic Solutions, Balthazar Electrik, Contractor’s Source, RLH Investments LLC and Twin Shores served as DBEs on the project. Funding for this $9.1 million project comes from Disaster Community Development Block Grants and Louisiana Recreational Trails Grants.

Cedric Grant, Executive Director of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, said , “The Lafitte Greenway has been highly anticipated for many years and today’s ribbon cutting is validation of the extensive input from neighborhood and civic groups. This is more than just a green space; it is another important multi-modal transportation option that will serve as a gathering place for the entire city. This public investment will encourage further redevelopment from Bayou St. John to the French Quarter.”

Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development, said , “The City’s decision to invest disaster recovery funds in the Lafitte Greenway is already paying off in so many ways, and will continue to do so for many years. It has transformed a once-blighted industrial corridor into an amenity for residents and businesses in the Treme and Mid-City neighborhoods, it’s already spurring commercial projects, and it holds rainwater during storms, reducing run-off and flooding.  Recreation, economic stimulus and resilience: it perfectly fits our mission to recover safer, stronger and smarter than before.”

5K in May

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Saturday, May 16th

7:30 a.m.: Registration and packet pick up opens

8:30 a.m.:  Start of 5K Run & Walk

9:30 a.m.:  Start of 1/2 mile Run & Walk

Join the 2015 Zulu-OPSO 5K & 1/2 Mile Run Walk held in conjunction with the Mid City Bayou Boogaloo Festival. The 5K starts at the intersection of Broad and Poydras and finishes at the Festival. The 1/2 mile will start and finish at the festival.

Win a ride on the world famous Zulu Parade on Mardi Gras Day.  

Post race food and refreshments inside festival grounds for race participants. Custom hand crafted Zulu style awards. Lot’s of award divisions 

Register todayclick here for race details.

5K in May

5k-May-16

Saturday, May 16th

7:30 a.m.: Registration and packet pick up opens

8:30 a.m.:  Start of 5K Run & Walk

9:30 a.m.:  Start of 1/2 mile Run & Walk

Join the 2015 Zulu-OPSO 5K & 1/2 Mile Run Walk held in conjunction with the Mid City Bayou Boogaloo Festival. The 5K starts at the intersection of Broad and Poydras and finishes at the Festival. The 1/2 mile will start and finish at the festival.

Win a ride on the world famous Zulu Parade on Mardi Gras Day.  

Post race food and refreshments inside festival grounds for race participants. Custom hand crafted Zulu style awards. Lot’s of award divisions 

Register todayclick here for race details.

Dig That Funky Beat

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If you’ve ever wandered around the 3200 block of Grand Route Saint John, you may have heard the tunes of the Faubourg St. John neighbors who make up Cake Walk.

Cake Walk is an up and coming band born from close friendships and the desire to keep the good times grooving. Their music combines elements of funk, soul, rock, and whatever makes the party pop. You can email the band at CakeWalkNOLA@gmail.com or give ’em a call at (978) 430-5956 You can catch the band on Twitter too at: https://twitter.com/cakewalkfunk

Cake Walk, a New Orleans-based funk band comprised of Tulane students and graduates Kyle Oblinger, Jenna Winston, Piper Browne, David Schloss, Cody Greenstein, Rob Kellner, Graves Lee, Leo Skovron and Mack Major, has headlined locally with bands such as Naughty Professor, Sexual Thunder and The Big Excuse. They also recently headlined with Smash Mouth at Tulane’s 2014 Homecoming. More in the link… http://www.tulanehullabaloo.com/arcade/article_d6a6e56a-6acd-11e4-b4ca-3b380f10c7d3.html

Check out the music of CAKE WALK below
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Kyle Oblinger-VOCALS | David Schloss-GUITAR | Cody Greenstein-GUITAR
Leo Skovron-BASS | Mack Major-DRUMS | Chase Hamilton-KEYS/VOCALS
Graves Lee-TENOR SAX | Jenna Winston-VOCALS | Piper Brown-VOCALS

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