Bicycle Share for New Orleans
Our Feasibility Study Makes the Case for Bike Share in New Orleans
What is Bicycle Share?
Bicycle share is a network of bicycles and automated kiosks that allows users to make short trips (1 to 3 miles) quickly, conveniently and affordably. Bicycle share is in over 100 European and 23 American cities. A small scale bicycle share system (e.g. 200 bicycles) would have a profound impact on improving New Orleans’ transportation network.
What impact will it have on New Orleans?
As you know, the benefits of bicycling are many. The bicycle share extends those benefits to everyday people who don’t usually ride bicycles. It increases our audience, builds a sense of pride in bicycling and increases safety for everyone on bicycles.
More bicycles on the road have created safer streets in communities around the world. Bicycle share gets more people on bicycles and improves safety for everyday riders.
It will increase visitor and resident ability to get around town and spend money at local businesses.
Improving access to disadvantaged populations will help build wealth and equity in New Orleans.
Traffic Congestion Mitigation
More people on bikes means fewer cars on roads.
What is the implementation plan?
Bicycle share is simple to implement. Experience elsewhere has produced various winning models for implementation. Bike Easy has begun convening stakeholders through the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee, and needs support to:
- Advocate to City Hall to develop and implement a framework for bike share and then release a Request for Proposals that invites various companies and entities to submit their plans for Bicycle Share for New Orleans