What You Should Know About Biking in New Orleans

Posted by Clint LaCour on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 5:49pm.

Enjoying the beauty of New Orleans and getting around without the expense of gas is done best on a bike. New Orleans has been named as one of the top 50 best cities for cycling in the United States by USA Today (at #22) and for good reason. The city is home to many great bike trails including the Rails to Trails project. If you're looking to get around by bike, you need to know a few of the basics, along with where to shop and where to ride.

Basics of Biking in New Orleans

If you plan to commute via bike, you're in luck. New Orleans is ranked fifth when it comes to bike commuting when looking at the percentage of bike commuters. You can get a little bit of education and training from Bike Easy, which is an organization that educates bikers in the area. They also hold special events, workshops and group rides throughout the area. The NOLA Women on Bikes is another choice for workshops and events to help educate you about biking in New Orleans.

Where to Shop and Get Repairs

Getting a new bike, finding the gear you need or getting repairs means you need the right shop. Of course, you can go to chain stores, but supporting local business will not only give you better bikes to choose from, but also the sense of supporting the right businesses. Gerken's Bike Shop and Dashing Bicycles & Accessories are two of the best choices in New Orleans. These two shops offer bikes for sale, apparel, accessories and more. Gerkin's is the place for repairs, as they are a full-service shop, while Dashing doesn't offer repairs.

Other good choices for your bike needs include:

  •          The Bike Shop
  •          A Musing Bikes
  •          Rouer
  •          Mike the Bike Guy
  •          GNO Cyclery
  •          New Orleans Bike Shop

Any of these shops will be able to help you with the things you need to get out on the road and be safe when biking.

Best Places to Bike in New Orleans

The French Quarter is one of the most popular places to ride in New Orleans. The history of the area makes it rather charming. You don't even need your own bike, as you can rent one from Bike Nola, Ride The Bike, A Bicycle Name Desire, The American Bicycle Rental Company or Bicycle Michael's and enjoy time on a bike in the French Quarter. Rent a bike for a few hours or all the way up to a week, if you want.

The French Quarter also offers bike tours, such as the Crescent City Bike Tours or the Big Easy Bike Tours. These tours offer a great way to see the city and give you something you cannot get anywhere else. Of course, it's also possible to discover the French Quarter with your own bike and a self-guided tour.

Magazine Street is another popular place to enjoy biking, especially if you need to get some shopping done. You can also bike along Esplanade and enjoy some history including the old U.S. Mint building. This area also offers City Park and the Pagoda Cafe, which are both very popular.

If you don't mind taking a ferry for $2, you can bike to Algiers Point, which will provide you with a unique experience. This area offers water views, the Tout de Suite Cafe and so much more.

Of course, one of the best new places to bike is the Lafitte Greenway. This 2.6-mile trail offers 35 "Bicycle Wayfinding Signs" to help you get around. It's also very close to Louis Armstrong Park and offers plenty of new shops and restaurants.

Some of the other popular biking routes and trails in New Orleans include:

  •          St. Charles Avenue
  •          Audubon Park
  •          City Park
  •          Crescent Park
  •          Lakeshore Drive
  •          Washington Square Park
  •          And More!

There's plenty to discover throughout the city of New Orleans and it's best done by bike.

Biking with a Group

Maybe you don't want to bike alone. New Orleans offers plenty of biking groups to enjoy, along with great events. The New Orleans Bicycle Club is one of the most popular, but you can also join groups, such as the Semi-Tough Cycling group, Crescent City Cyclists, or the NOLA Social Ride. There are several others that meet up regularly for bike rides in a group, which turn it into a social event.

While biking in New Orleans can be quite a bit of fun, it's also a great way to get to and from work and run errands. If you want to save on gas, get some exercise and enjoy the city at a slower pace, start biking more often throughout New Orleans.

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