Year-round festivals, southern sunshine, a lakeside breeze and world-class scenery makes New Orleans an ideal biking destination. Save the streetcar ride for another day and rethink the rideshares - nothing says spring and summer in NOLA quite like biking throughout the city. From where to rent bikes to the best routes to take and a few must-visit stops along the way - navigate your vacation like a pro with our guide to biking in New Orleans.
Renting bikes in New Orleans is convenient thanks to a number of local programs and vendors. The city’s Blue Bike Program places public bike shares throughout the various neighborhoods of New Orleans for all to take advantage of. Simply download the app to find the bike rack closest to you, set-up your Blue Bike account and payment, and start riding! Bikes can be dropped off at any rack nearest your final destination when finished.
For a more personalized bike rental experience, browse our list of local bike vendors to rent with.
While bikers and drivers share the roads here in NOLA–making just about any road biker-friendly–there are a few routes perfect for getting bikers around the city and bypassing clutter and chaos of traffic.
The historic St. Charles Avenue is lined with massive oak trees, mansions that have stood for centuries and of course, the iconic St. Charles Streetcar. No matter which point you begin or end at, biking along St. Charles is sure to be filled with memorable views and an unforgettable time. It is also home to some of the best Mardi Gras parades, award-winning dining, world-class art galleries and some of the city’s most sought-after attractions and architecture.
Neighborhoods: Arts + Warehouse District, Central Business District and Uptown/the Garden District.
Distance: 4.57 miles
Nearby Highlights: Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant & Bar, The National WWII Museum, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Camellia Grill, Tulane + Loyola Universities, Gracious Bakery and the Columns Hotel Bar.
Just along the St. Charles Avenue route is Audubon Park - a picturesque oasis hidden among greenery, Spanish moss and Oak trees. Its secluded location, open space and local highlights make an ideal location for a family-friendly bike ride.
With so much to do encompassed within its four-mile stretch, an afternoon can easily be spent biking in New Orleans City Park. Gather your family, friends, that special someone, or ride solo, and explore all there is to offer throughout this Mid-City escape. Bike over for a picnic on the lawn or the perfect Instagram within the Botanical Gardens, the choice is yours.
Connecting the authentic culture of the Crescent City along with its raved-about nightlife is the Lafitte Greenway. This popular bike trail leads riders from Tremé to Mid-City by way of Esplanade Ridge. During the day, riders can indulge in the cultural abundance that the city has to offer with stops at local museums and historic neighborhoods. It’s an ideal route for riders looking to explore the city’s nightlife scene because of its fully LED-lit path and the countless local hangouts along the way.
Just past the charming Jackson Square and French Market, Crescent Park stretches along the Mississippi River, providing unparalleled views and access to the water. Although it’s the shortest route, it packs a punch with some of the city’s best hangouts, sunset views and attractions in its path.
A popular path for training and long-distance biking, Lakeshore Drive provides a traffic-free, waterfront path and the opportunity to explore the Lakeview area.
Of course! If you’re looking bike your way through the Crescent City but aren’t sure where to start, there are plenty of experienced tour guides willing to show off their skills on wheels.
Get a taste of the French Quarter as well as heritage and the history of New Orleans while riding with Flambeaux Bicycle Tours. Offered during the day and at night, Flambeaux lights up the city and guides the way just as Flambeaux carriers do during Mardi Gras parades.
For more guided bicycle tours and fun, visit our directory here.