Bike riding is “really on a roll in the greater New Orleans area,” according to Bike Easy executive director Dan Favre. In addition to its more than 125 miles of new bike lanes, New Orleans has experienced a 300 percent increase in the number of people riding bikes since the year 2000, as counted by the American Community Survey, Favre says.
New bike infrastructure also is underway in St. Bernard Parish, where the city is extending the Mississippi River Trail, and in Jefferson Parish, where officials have adopted a cross-parish bicycle master plan. In Orleans Parish, Bike Easy’s “Connect the Crescent” project, a three-month test-drive of temporary bikeways, continues through December. City officials will use feedback from the project to inform the construction of new bike infrastructure.
“These (bikeway) options create so many benefits for people of the region, from health and quality of life to job access,” Favre said. “Almost 20 percent of households in New Orleans don’t have access to a motor vehicle, so having an affordable transportation option is really huge.”
Favre bikes from his Marigny home to and from Bike Easy’s Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard office each workday.
“I love arriving at my office with my heart pumping. I feel ready for the day and energized,” Favre says. “Coming home, I get to relax and clear my head.”
Below, find a few of Favre’s favorite bike paths across the city.Read More