Ready, Set, Roll Out

photos by Charlie London

Blue Bikes title sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield Of Louisiana, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Social Bicycles celebrated the start of bike share in New Orleans on December 5, 2017

Social Bicycles
is the program operator for the bike sharing program in New Orleans. Here is what they have to say about the Blue Bikes: “Blue Bikes is the fun new way to get around New Orleans. Whether you’re heading to work, to meet friends for dinner, or just want to explore the city, Blue Bikes offer a convenient, fun, and healthy way to experience the city you love.” More at:

Gambit had this to say, “The bikes will be available 24 hours a day at kiosks throughout the city. Riders will have to download a smartphone app and start an account to access the bikes. A monthly pass is $15, which covers up to one hour of riding a day. The city also will offer a pass for low-income riders at $1.67 a month ($20 a year). There also is a “pay-as-you-go” rate for $8 per hour of use.

Each three-speed,  blue-colored bike is equipped with GPS and “remote locking capabilities” and front and rear lights and a basket. Riders also can track their miles pedaled, calories burned and amount of carbon they offset by riding rather than driving.”

The Blue Bikes are ready to roll near on Jefferson Davis Parkway near Bayou St. John.
Just down the street from Parkway Bakery on Hagan St.

Places where you can check out the Blue Bikes in and around Faubourg St. John:

  • Carrollton & Lafitte Greenway, 401 N. Carrollton Ave., 20 bikes
  • Jefferson Davis & Lafitte Greenway, 3400 Conti St., New Orleans, 20 bikes
  • Sojourner Truth Center, 598 Galvez St., 25 bikes
  • Lafitte & Roman, 602 N Roman St., 20 bikes
  • Broad & Bienville, 2699 Bienville St., 20 bikes
  • Broad & Banks, 637 Banks St., 14 bikes
  • Broad & Ursulines, 2716 Ursulines Ave., 20 bikes
  • Bayou & Broad, 2564 Bayou Rd., 14 bikes
  • University Medical Center – VA, 2200 Canal St., 14 bikes
  • LSU Health Sciences Center, 499 Bolivar St., 20 bikes
  • Orleans & Miro, 2301 Orleans Ave.,  14 bikes
  • Esplanade & Derbigny, 1624 Esplanade Ave., 14 bikes
  • Galvez & Esplanade, 1362 N Galvez St., 20 bikes
  • Esplanade & Desoto, 2790 Desoto St., 14 bikes
  • Esplanade & Ponce de Leon, 3201 Ponce de Leon St., 14 bikes
  • City Park – Esplanade, 3494 Esplanade Ave., 20 bikes
  • City Park – Casino Building, 56 Dreyfous Dr., 20 bikes


Info below courtesy The City of New Orleans at

New Orleans Bike Share

Bike Share Phase 1 Map Released!

The City of New Orleans, in partnership with Social Bicycles, Inc external link external link (SoBi),  launched bike share on December 5, 2017.   It’s a new and affordable transportation system for residents to move through the city. Bikes and stations are available and will roll-out in waves over 4-6 weeks. Click the image below to download a map of the initial 70 stations. Click here external linkfor an interactive map.   To learn more about how these locations were identified, check out the Station Siting section.


Other Updates:

  • Bike share service has launched with stations and bikes rolling out over 4-6 weeks. The launch schedule has been updated in the Station Siting section.
  • Results from the online poll have been published in the Documents section.

Page Contents:

What is bike share?

Bike share is a fun, healthy, and convenient transit option that is already operating in many major cities across the country and around the globe. Bike share technology offers online and on-the-spot opportunities to reserve and rent a bike that will take you where you need to go.

At the end of a journey, just drop it off at the nearest bike share station. You can pick up another when you need it next. Bike share is growing rapidly worldwide external link external link as a popular and fun transit system. It has been shown to encourage people to drive less, support local business, improve street safety, increase personal health, and enjoy the community more.

The goal is to provide a seamless, sustainable, and affordable mode of transportation. It is designed to serve all residents, improve neighborhood quality of life, and provide year-round, equitable access to worksites and destinations.

Watch an overview video of how bike share works by clicking below:

Why is bike share great for New Orleans?


Many people think of biking as a recreational activity or something for kids. In fact, biking is an easy and often faster way to make shorter trips, usually under three miles. Whether it’s for work, school or running errands, bike share means you always have a bike available as an option for those shorter trips.

The more you bike instead of drive, the more money you can save on your transportation costs. In fact average spending on vehiclesexternal linkexternal link (including purchase, fuel, maintenance and insurance) cost households about $708 a month! The bike share program will cost $15 a month (and even less for low-income residents). That’s a lot more money for things you need and want.

There are many reasons people resist riding bikes. Owning and maintaining a bicycle is a big one. Even if you have a bike already, many time you find yourself without one and wishing you could make a short one-way ride. Bike share solves these problems. It’s an easy way to try riding to work without committing to owning one. Say you drive downtown to work, imagine where you could go for a quick trip during the day without having to park again! Grab lunch or run an errand. Several researchers external link external link  have found big increases in people new to bike riding as a result of have bike share available in their community.

Transit integration is a vital component to bike share. Many trips on transit can be made easier with bike share by eliminating a long walk or transfer to another bus or streetcar to get to your final destination. In some cities external link external link, transit use has even increased as a result of adding bike share. Best practices external link external link in placing bike share stations strongly recommend identifying locations that are directly visible from busy bus and streetcar stations for easy connection between systems.

Just as bike share can seamlessly connect with transit, it also works with cars. Some people may find they are close enough to give up driving altogether. A 2015 study external link external link of four North American cities show bike share participants drove 25% to 52% less. While many people may find it easy and convenient to just use bike share, many people still need to their car to get around, particularly for long distances. However, once parked, bike share makes for a very convenient way to move around, particularly in parts of the city where parking is difficult or expensive. Bike share can also allow someone to park a little further away and avoid parking meters and tickets.

Not only can biking regularly reduce monthly transportation expenses, but new research external link external link  finds people who ride bikes actually spend more in local stores than people who drive. Travelling by bike means noticing more around you. And even though people sometimes don’t spend as much on each trip (bikes have small baskets) they shop more often, putting more dollars into the local economy. Business immediately next to bike share stations have also seen big boosts external link external link thanks to a steady supply of potential customers.

No need to drive to the gym – biking from A to B keeps you active and moving without requiring separate time for fitness. Active commuting has been shown external link external link many times over to reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

An extensive study external link external link on bike share safety found a much lower risk of collision and injury with bike share than riding a personal bike, even with lower helmet use. According to researchers there are a number of factors behind this, but the primary ones are 1) safer bikes that are slower with bright colors and better lights; and 2) more casual riders who tend to be more cautious and follow the rules of the road

When you can ride a bike for your commute to work or even to run an errand, you feel much more joyful. The hassle and stress of traffic and finding parking is behind you. Biking connects you to your community in a completely different way that makes any trip feel fun.


Concerned Neighbors Take Action in Fortier Park

by Robert Thompson

Fortier Park is maintained and beautified by helpful neighbors.
photo by Robert Thompson
Alonzo is one of the many “regulars” in Fortier Park
photo by Andy Ryan

This afternoon (Sunday, December 3, 2017), a small group of motivated folks appeared in Fortier Park (Esplanade and Mystery) with a mission. Today’s event arose spontaneously because residents felt action was needed to deal with an anti-social element which has moved into the park dropping trash and behaving badly.

Fortier Park has been lovingly maintained by neighbors for decades.
photo by Robert Thompson

The presence of positive community action seemed to dissuade the rowdies from using the park. Primary organizers Eric Kugler and Andy Ryan were joined others who had been following a discussion on the NEXTDOOR social media site.

More is yet to be done, but a major cutback of overgrowth was accomplished, dead palm leaves removed, piles of raked debris were bagged, walkways swept, some winter rye seed put down in bare areas, pine straw was laid in beds and litter picked up. By far the greatest accomplishment was the networking, comraderie and praise and promises of support from passersby.   Councilmember Susan Guidry also praised the group in an email stating,  “Thanks to all who participated!”

There seems to be a team developing and I expect that a potential will be tapped for re-engagement of the community in that park.

Thanks all
Robert Thompson
City Beautiful Committee
NOLA Parks for All


Opportunity to Join the Green and Clean Team at 10 a.m.

Dear Friend,
Fall is here and it’s time again to rally around our little pocket park – Capdevielle Park. The past couple of years we have made major progress there, and if we maintain this pace, we will have created a very special neighborhood place. Your efforts coupled with your neighbors are making a difference.
TODAY, Nov 18 (also mayoral election day) we will assemble between 10am and 2pm, leaving plenty of time to vote. Various tasks from litter removal to plantings are planned to involve folks at many levels. Unfortunately a few regulars are out of town, so I hope we can find some new partners for our team – we always do! So invite a neighbor and bring a rake.
Thanks to all who make this happen…


Robert Thompson
City Beautiful Committee
NOLA Parks for All

Local Businesses Participate in Tree Planting Program

Photo above of volunteers planting trees is from SOUL NOLA’s Facebook page.


Volunteers planting trees in front of Terranova’s
photo by Tommy Lewis

Both Terranova’s and Cafe Degas participated in the November 4, 2017 tree planting organized and sponsored by the group Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL) founded by Susannah Burley.   Faubourg St. John neighbors at  2816 Grand Route Saint John, 2934 Grand Route Saint John, and 2832 Ponce de Leon also received free trees.

What is SOUL?

“It’s an acronym for Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, and the idea is to work neighborhood by neighborhood to help residents form a strategic plan to reduce dramatically the amount of stormwater that goes into catch basins and the drainage system,” said Burley, who also holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from LSU.   Quote from an article by Stephanie Bruno which you can see here

Everyone knows money doesn’t grow on trees nor does it grow for trees.  If you would like to donate to help put more trees in the neighborhood, please contact Susannah Burley at:  (504) 616-6888 or you can donate to SOUL online at the Trust for Conservation Innovation’s website.   Learn more about donating to SOUL online at: or just call Ms. Burley at (504) 616-6888

Cafe Degas participated in SOUL’s November 4, 2017 tree planting
Terranova’s participated in SOUL’s November 4, 2017 tree planting

Photos above of trees by Cafe Degas and Terranova’s are by Charlie London
Photos below are from SOUL NOLA’s Facebook page

Jacques Soulas was very happy to receive trees next to Cafe Degas
Volunteers gather at Terranova’s to help plant trees
Lots of opportunities to help during the tree planting. These folks helped by delivering trees. They are pictured next to Cafe Degas