How to Use Blue Bikes this Summer

Posted by Heather Haylett on July 5, 2018 in Bicycle Safety

Using New Orleans latest transportation option.

Have you been seeing lots of blue bikes around town but not sure how they work? Blue Bikes are a great new public transportation option for getting around New Orleans in a way that is healthy, fun and affordable.

How It Works

Register – Choose your plan and sign up for a Blue Bikes New Orleans membership through the website or mobile app.
Release – Enter your 6-digit account number and 4-digit PIN into the keypad on the back of the bike to unlock it.
Ride – Place the U-lock in the holster before you take off. To make a quick stop, press the “HOLD” button and lock the bike to a rack.
Return – To end a ride, just lock your bike to any Blue Bikes station. Or, lock it at any public bike rack for a $1 fee.

Different pricing options are available to suit the type of riding you want to do. You can choose pay-as-you-go for 13 cents a minute, or $15 for a monthly membership ($10/month for university students). A reduced fare is also offered for New Orleanians who quality for EBT cards – $20 for an hour of riding every day for the whole year.

Some extra tips for using Blue Bikes safety and considerately

Follow the rules of the road.
As vehicles on the road, cyclists have all the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of automobiles. Cyclists must obey traffic signals, ride in the road in the same direction as traffic, and ride as near to the right as practicable.
Communicate with other users of the road.
Be predictable. Use hand signals when you are turning or stopping. Travel in a straight line without weaving in between cars.
Lock it properly!
You can lock them anywhere, but please be considerate how and where you’re leaving the bikes. Locking to the handrail of a ramp or leaving it in the middle of the sidewalk is not only a precarious place to leave the bike, but is inconsiderate for pedestrians that need to use that space. If no bicycle rack is available at your destination, lock the bike to a sign post or another secure structure that is not blocking a sidewalk or entryway.

How NOT to leave your Blue Bike!

Girl in a jacket

Check out http://www.bluebikesnola.com for more info on how Blue Bikes work and how to register to ride!

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