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New Orleans’s 10 most bikeable neighborhoods

From the riverbend to the Industrial Canal

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From its anticipated Blue Bike Share, to a temporary protected bike lane, New Orleans has made several strides in increasing its network of bike lanes over the past couple of years. While the city as a whole scored a 60 on a 100-point scale in bikeability, there are still parts of the cities that offer an optimal cycling experience.

Ranked according to individual neighborhood scores, here are the 10 best neighborhoods to bike in New Orleans. Most of the listed neighborhoods are considered to be a biker’s paradise.

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1. Black Pearl - 94

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Black Pearl
New Orleans, LA 70118

While Black Pearl may not be the most walkable neighborhood, it is the most bikeable. The levee-bordering neighborhood has access to the Mississippi River trail and several low-traffic streets near the riverbend.

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2. Bywater - 92

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Bywater
New Orleans, LA

From biking around Crescent Park to taking Chartres down to the Marigny or French Quarter, biking in the Bywater is simple. It also helps that one of its main thoroughfares, which has a variety of local shops, has a dedicated bicycle lane.

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3. Treme - 91

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Treme - Lafitte
New Orleans, LA

This neighborhood’s main avenues, Orleans and Esplanade, both have dedicated bike lanes. While its residents streets have a tendency to get bumpy, running errands on Orleans Avenue couldn’t be easier (when its not rush hour). Treme also holds the bulk of the Lafitte Greenway.

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4. French Quarter

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French Quarter
New Orleans, LA

While the streets in the French Quarter are not large, many enough are wide enough to allow bikes to swing pass clogged lanes. Often, many of the residential streets have a low level of traffic, making it easy to roll by the French Market. While its not the most bikable, it is the most walkable.

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5. Marigny - 93

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Marigny
New Orleans, LA

Unless there’s a large crowd dispersing from a neighborhood event on Frenchman Street, riding through the Marigny is incredibly quiet. Several of these low-stress streets can take you straight to the French Quarter.

6. Bayou St. John - 87

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Bayou St. John
New Orleans, LA 70119

If you’re looking for a scenic route, you can ride along the Bayou on Moss Street, which has a speed limit of 25 mph. Otherwise, this primarily residential neighborhood has access to a selection of locally-owned shops and restaurants on Esplanade Avenue and practically borders City Park.

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7. Seventh Ward - 85

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Seventh Ward
New Orleans, LA

Serving as a test site for New Orleans’s first protected bike lane, this primarily residential neighborhood has two dedicated bike lanes that lead directly to the French Quarter.

8. East Carrollton - 84

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East Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70118

Another Riverbend neighborhood makes this list, primarily with its low-impact streets, including the historic Oak Street. South Carrollton Avenue (starting after the Claiborne Avenue intersection toward the river) has a dedicated bike lane that connects to another on St Charles Avenue.

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9. St Claude - 79

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St. Claude
New Orleans, LA 70117

Similar to the Bywater, this neighborhood is mostly composed of low-stress residential streets, which is a perfect mix for cycling in the city.

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10. Algiers Point - 79

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Algiers Point
New Orleans, LA 70114

This neighborhood access to a lovely Mississippi River Trail, low-stress residential streets, a nearby businesses to complete errands. Most of all, RTA allows cyclist to carry bikes on ferry rides to the French Quarter.

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1. Black Pearl - 94

Black Pearl, New Orleans, LA 70118

While Black Pearl may not be the most walkable neighborhood, it is the most bikeable. The levee-bordering neighborhood has access to the Mississippi River trail and several low-traffic streets near the riverbend.

Black Pearl
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. Bywater - 92

Bywater, New Orleans, LA

From biking around Crescent Park to taking Chartres down to the Marigny or French Quarter, biking in the Bywater is simple. It also helps that one of its main thoroughfares, which has a variety of local shops, has a dedicated bicycle lane.

Bywater
New Orleans, LA

3. Treme - 91

Treme - Lafitte, New Orleans, LA

This neighborhood’s main avenues, Orleans and Esplanade, both have dedicated bike lanes. While its residents streets have a tendency to get bumpy, running errands on Orleans Avenue couldn’t be easier (when its not rush hour). Treme also holds the bulk of the Lafitte Greenway.

Treme - Lafitte
New Orleans, LA

4. French Quarter

French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

While the streets in the French Quarter are not large, many enough are wide enough to allow bikes to swing pass clogged lanes. Often, many of the residential streets have a low level of traffic, making it easy to roll by the French Market. While its not the most bikable, it is the most walkable.

French Quarter
New Orleans, LA

5. Marigny - 93

Marigny, New Orleans, LA

Unless there’s a large crowd dispersing from a neighborhood event on Frenchman Street, riding through the Marigny is incredibly quiet. Several of these low-stress streets can take you straight to the French Quarter.

Marigny
New Orleans, LA

6. Bayou St. John - 87

Bayou St. John, New Orleans, LA 70119

If you’re looking for a scenic route, you can ride along the Bayou on Moss Street, which has a speed limit of 25 mph. Otherwise, this primarily residential neighborhood has access to a selection of locally-owned shops and restaurants on Esplanade Avenue and practically borders City Park.

Bayou St. John
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Seventh Ward - 85

Seventh Ward, New Orleans, LA

Serving as a test site for New Orleans’s first protected bike lane, this primarily residential neighborhood has two dedicated bike lanes that lead directly to the French Quarter.

Seventh Ward
New Orleans, LA

8. East Carrollton - 84

East Carrollton, New Orleans, LA 70118

Another Riverbend neighborhood makes this list, primarily with its low-impact streets, including the historic Oak Street. South Carrollton Avenue (starting after the Claiborne Avenue intersection toward the river) has a dedicated bike lane that connects to another on St Charles Avenue.

East Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70118

9. St Claude - 79

St. Claude, New Orleans, LA 70117

Similar to the Bywater, this neighborhood is mostly composed of low-stress residential streets, which is a perfect mix for cycling in the city.

St. Claude
New Orleans, LA 70117

10. Algiers Point - 79

Algiers Point, New Orleans, LA 70114

This neighborhood access to a lovely Mississippi River Trail, low-stress residential streets, a nearby businesses to complete errands. Most of all, RTA allows cyclist to carry bikes on ferry rides to the French Quarter.

Algiers Point
New Orleans, LA 70114