Whether it’s a stroll around the neighborhood, or just a few moments in the backyard, a breath of fresh air has been what’s getting us through tough times during the coronavirus pandemic. New Orleans is home to many parks and trails, perfect for biking while practicing social distancing. The city recommends wearing a face covering, keeping a distance from others, and moving along while exercising. Here’s a few of our top routes in New Orleans to explore via bicycle.
*Editor's Note: Blue Bikes will return by September 1, 2021. See here for more information.
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. Shops are located in most neighborhoods across the city, making it easy to find wheels and start your ride.
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.
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. Loop around the four-mile park and end up in Gentilly, Lakeview, Mid-City, or near Lakeshore Drive, depending on which route you choose. Do a ride-by to check out the wildflowers that are currently in bloom.
Connecting one part of the city to another is the Lafitte Greenway. This popular bike and walking trail leads riders from Mid-City through Tremé by way of Esplanade Ridge, ending at the French Quarter. With murals, historic landmarks, and lots of nature along the way, this scenic ride is an urban oasis.
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 waterfront path and the opportunity to explore the Lakeview area. Plan your ride around sunrise or sunset for some of the best views you’ll find in all of New Orleans.
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.