City Unveils New Transportation Option with Bike Share Preview

NEW ORLEANS — TODAY, the City of New Orleans, in conjunction with Social Bicycles Inc. (SoBi), announced residents and visitors will be able to preview the City’s bike share program from February 15 until February 23.

During the preview, residents and visitors can sign-up and use one of the 35 bicycles to ride between seven temporary stations setup in Iberville, Downtown and the French Quarter. Two additional existing bicycle racks will be available to end a ride or find a bike.

“Today, New Orleans joined other major cities in expanding transportation and healthy living opportunities for every resident,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Bike share will provide another affordable transportation option and a great way to experience New Orleans.”

“Bike shares across the country are filling the transportation gaps in cities, said Councilmember Jason Williams. “They are a fun, affordable option for work or recreation and I’m so excited to utilize ours. Social Bicycles have been a great partner in bringing this service to New Orleans and I look forward to the full launch in Fall 2017, when we can take this exciting transportation option throughout the entire city.”

“Today, we’re taking an important step towards increasing bicycling visibility and promoting New Orleans as a vibrant and progressive city that welcomes all modes of transit,” said Councilmember Jared C. Brossett, City Council Transportation and Airport Committee Chairperson. “Bike sharing is an innovative transportation option that is successfully making its way into the transportation system of cities across the nation. The ultimate goal is to create a more sustainable and connected transportation landscape for all residents who depend on public transportation.”

During the preview period, riders can pay $10 to enjoy a 60 minute trip every day. The hourly rate is $8 per hour, pro-rated by the minute. Sign up using either the website https://nola.socialbicycles.com/ or by downloading the Social Bicycles app for iPhones and Android phones. There will also be greeters at various stations to help people signup and get started biking.

Find a bike at anyone of the listed preview stations:

  • Basin Street & Bienville Street (near Magnolia Yoga Studio)
  • 501 Loyola Ave. (Near Hyatt)
  • Lafayette Square at Magazine Street
  • Baronne Street & Common Street (near the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel)
  • Decatur Street & Bienville Street
  • Decatur Street & Barracks Street (near U.S. Mint)
  • 1000 Tchoupitoulas St. (near Cochon Restaurant)
  • 219 Loyola Ave. (Library Main Branch – existing bike racks)
  • Polymnia Street & St. Charles Avenue (near Avenue Pub – existing bike racks)

The full program, launching this fall, will consist of 70 stations with 700 bicycles and a guaranteed minimum future expansion of 90 stations with 900 bicycles. 100 percent of the bike share program will be privately financed through sponsorships, advertisements, and rental fees.

The fees for bike rental are:

  • Monthly Pass: $15 for unlimited trips up to 1 hour of riding a day (hourly rate thereafter).You can take as many trips as desired that all together add up to 60 minutes. For example, a 15-minute ride to work in the morning, a 5-minute ride for lunch; a 30 minute ride home with a quick stop to pick up some food totals 50 minutes for the day
  • Low-Income Pass: $1.67 per month ($20 per year) for unlimited trips up to 1 hour of riding a day (hourly rate thereafter)
  • Pay-as-you-go: $8 per hour of riding (pro-rated)

New Orleans has been growing rapidly as a bicycling city. The city was recognized as a bicycle friendly community in the Fall of 2014 by the League of American Bicyclists. Last month, New Orleans was selected by People for Bikes as one of ten cities to participate in their Big Jump Project to reimage bicycle infrastructure. For more information, please visit http://www.peopleforbikes.org/placesforbikes/landing/the-big-jump-project.

For additional information on the preview and the full program, please visit http://www.nola.gov/bikeshare.

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