NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The installation of hundreds of new bike racks across New Orleans begins Monday (Oct. 15), as part of the city’s response to the growing number of cyclists in New Orleans.
The project will take about three months to finish and will end with 485 new bike racks. According to Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s office, the city is actively developing infrastructure to improve bike safety and efficiency. Currently, there are over 120 miles of bikeways across New Orleans, many of which are marked only with painted lines.
Projects are also underway to create protected, “low-stress” bike lanes to encourage more bicycling and protect riders. According to our news partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Cantrell and City Councilwoman Kristin Palmer decided against an electric scooter pilot program, citing the lack of strong bike infrastructure.
The locations of the bike racks were determined with help from residents and business owners and include the following areas:
- Central Business District;
- North Broad Street between Iberville Street and Ursulines Avenue;
- St. Claude Avenue between Elysian Fields Avenue and Press Street;
- North Rampart Street between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue;
- Harrison Avenue between Canal Boulevard and Orleans Avenue;
- Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Jackson Avenue;
- Newton Street between Teche Street and Behrman Avenue; and
- Teche Street between Newton Street and Opelousas Avenue.