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New Orleans finalizes first phase of bike share locations, launches late 2017

After nearly two years of anticipation

Three months after unveiling Blue Bike as the official name of New Orleans bike share program, the Mayor’s Office announced the locations of 70 Blue Bike stations around the city.

The 70 stations are spread across the Lower Garden District, Warehouse District, Central Business District, Treme, 7th Ward, St. Roch, Marigny, Bywater, Bayou St. John, City Park, and Algiers Point. There’s no confirmed data on how many bikes will be available at each station.

A map of New Orleans’s phase 1 bike share locations, which include the first 70 stations and 700 bikes. Click here to see a larger version of this map.
via City of New Orleans

The Mayor’s office expects Blue Bikes to begin operation in select neighborhoods by December of 2017. Rolling out in waves, all bikes and stations will be fully available by Spring of 2018.

Earlier this year, the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office held community workshops in six neighborhoods to determine the optimal location for stations. Taking from those meetings, it held an online poll this past June to narrow a list of over 240 potential locations to 70. Check out the results on the City of New Orleans’s official website.

While there’s no absolute date of its expansion, the Mayor’s Office plans for the city to expand the program to 90 stations and 900 bikes.

These developments come after months of anticipation, dating back to July of 2016. In August, the Mayor’s Office announced Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana will be the official sponsor of New Orleans’s bike share program, which is privately funded.

To learn more about the cost to use Blue Bikes around New Orleans, visit the city’s official bike share page.