For nearly a decade The University of New Orleans Transportation Institute and the Regional Planning Commission have studied bicycling and pedestrian data. According to their research, there has been an 88% increase in cycling locally! Here’s what you need to know to stay safe in the Greater New Orleans Area.
- Get Prepared
- Check your brakes and your wheels to make sure they are operational.
- Before you set off, make sure you’ve made all your proper adjustments to hair, clothing, backpack, etc. For example: if you are in loose pants, secure your pant leg so it doesn’t get caught up in the chain.
- Stay Visible.
- Wear light-colored clothing, use bike lights, wear a brightly colored helmet (always wear a helmet). Stay in the bike lane (where one is available) and go with the flow of traffic.
- Stay Alert
- Don’t listen to music through headphones. Don’t talk or text. Make eye contact with drivers and obey lights and laws.
- Look both ways, use your hand signals, and look again. Don’t assume the motorist is stopping.
Your bike was stolen. Now what?
- Post a picture of your bike on your social media networks like Facebook.
- File a police report. You will need the bike’s serial number, so make sure to write that down or take a picture of it with your phone while the bike is still in your possession.
- List your bike as stolen on www.bikeshepherd.org, a global recovery resource.
- Contact your insurance company if your bike was insured.
- Get alerts from eBay on bikes that could be a match
- Use Craigslist auto-search to find bikes that match yours
- Call local bike shops with a description of your bike
- The Youth Empowerment Project Trafigura Work & Learn Center provides skill-based learning in bike repair. http://youthempowermentproject.org/what-we-do/yep-works/bike-works/
- Bike Easy is a nonprofit that makes bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans. provides a bike map to assist cyclists in finding the most bike-friendly routes in the city. http://bikeeasy.org/files/BEY-Bike-Map-062212.pdf
- Nola Social Ride: a Facebook group for people looking to connect with other cyclists for social rides: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nolasocialride/