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NOLA plans to double bike usage over the next three years

After the city’s bike share program launches in the fall, it might be easy as pie

Recently, People for Bikes—a non-profit organization that promotes bicycling— chose New Orleans as one of 10 communities to participate in the Big Jump Project. In the project, the People for Bikes will assist the City in creating new amenities to make biking easier throughout New Orleans.

The new initiative will assist the city in creating new protected bike lanes, bike boulevards, and new shared pathways by supplying assistance in community outreach and data collection.

According to Road Works NOLA, the expansion of bikeways will connect more residential areas throughout the city to downtown, in hopes of making commuting easier for workers who live further from the French Quarter.

The other cities chosen to participate in the Big Jump Project are New York City; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; Memphis; Austin, Tx.; Providence, RI; Fort Collins, CO; Baltimore; and Tucson, Az.

This fall, Social Bicycles will operate New Orleans’ new bike share program. The city plans to install 70 stations and place 700 bicycles throughout the city. For the past month, New Orleans has demoed its bike share program, strategically placing seven stations and 35 bikes throughout the city. The demo programs ends on March 31.

New Orleans is demoing its bike share program until March 31. Over the past month, seven stations and 35 locations have been placed strategically around New Orleans.

Throughout March and April, the New Orleans Neighborhood Engagement Office and Social Bicycles will hold six community work shops to receive resident input on the program and proposed station areas.