- 485 bike racks headed for New Orleans to meet growing demand

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

485 bike racks headed for New Orleans to meet growing demand

Updated Oct 13; Posted Oct 12

By Kevin Litten .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | The Times-Picayune

Contractors on Monday will begin the process of installing 485 new bike racks across the city in locations that were selected using input from residents, the city announced on Friday (Oct. 12).

The bike racks will join 13 new bike racks that have been installed in the French Quarter as part of an agreement with neighborhood and business leaders in the Vieux Carre who objected to branded bike racks for the city’s Blue Bikes bike share program. The city agreed to instead install non-branded bike racks that would serve as hubs for the Blue Bikes and appear on the Blue Bike app.

The bike rack installations come as Cantrell’s administration is beginning a process of examining how to expand bike infrastructure in the city, especially by installing protected, “low-stress” bike lanes to encourage more bicycling and protect riders. Last week, Cantrell and City Councilwoman Kristin Palmer decided against an electric scooter pilot program, citing the lack of strong bike infrastructure throughout the city.

City Council and Mayor Cantrell say they’re pumping the brakes on a proposed six-month pilot, citing safety and infrastructure concerns.

The city has more than 120 miles of bikeways, but many of them consist of painted lanes and don’t have additional infrastructure to keep traffic away from bicyclists or to encourage traffic calming measures. The nonprofit bike advocacy group, Bike Easy has been installing elements of protected bike lanes as part of the group’s Connect the Crescent mobility project.

That project continues this weekend on Simon Bolivar Avenue from Jackson Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and on Martin Luther King Boulevard from Simon Bolivar Avenue to Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

The mayor’s office said the following locations will see bike installations.

Central Business District;
North Broad Street between Iberville Street and Ursulines Avenue;
St. Claude Avenue between Elysian Fields Avenue and Press Street;
North Rampart Street between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue;
Harrison Avenue between Canal Boulevard and Orleans Avenue;
Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Jackson Avenue;
Newton Street between Teche Street and Behrman Avenue; and
Teche Street between Newton Street and Opelousas Avenue.

Correction: The original photo for this story showed a different kind of bike rack than what the city plans to install.

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Kevin Litten covers New Orleans City Hall for | The Times Picayune. Reach him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 504-826-3524. Follow him on Twitter @kevinlitten.

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