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.


Fete Marigny


The FMIA will host its first annual festival on October 21, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Washington Square Park. The French-themed “Fête Marigny” will combine with our annual fall Walking Tour and the FMIA’s 40th anniversary festivities to offer a complete day of entertainment, education and fun.

Download the“Fête Marigny Poster.

As a neighborhood festival, which we hope will become a big annual fundraiser for the FMIA, activities will include a silent auction, a raffle, French food and beverages, a costume contest, artist booths, live music, children’s activities, petanque (French lawn bowling), and more.

We are still accepting contributions of bottles of wine for the raffle’s grand prize: “Wine Cellar”. Please bring your wine donations to the FMIA general meeting on the third Monday of each month or contact Marshall at for pick-up.

Any Napoleons out there? Marie-Antoinettes? Louis the XIV? Anyone interested in participating in the costume contest or knowing someone who would like to be a contestant is encouraged to contact Marshall prior to the event although walk-ins will be welcome (limp-ins for you hunchbacks of Notre Dame).

Volunteers meet every Friday evening at 6:30 to 7:30 +/- at 624 St. Roch Ave. Anyone interested in working on the festival is free to attend the meetings. Contact Marshall Gries at

Vive le Marigny!

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Meeting October 8th





Voodoo on the Bayou – Treme Brass Band to play







photos and video by Charlie London


The Creole String Beans put on quite a show for the 1st annual REBRIDGE Fundraiser held November 18, 2011. Click on the link above to see them in action.

Gala guests gathered to support the rehabilitation of two historic bridges while enjoying delicious cuisine from Commander’s Palace and dancing to the throw-down tunes of the Creole String Beans. Bubbles flowed — champagne and ice-cold beer — and wine.

For more information call Re-Bridge’s chair, Rachel Dangermond, 504.309.2116 within normal business hours.

Occupy This

by Charlie London

This man did not want his identity revealed but indicated he had recently arrived from the “Occupy Denver” protest.

WWOZ had a short interview with two “Occupy New Orleans” protesters who indicated that the event has morphed into a festival of sorts. I was in my car when I heard the discussion but was not able to get all the details. I called WWOZ but the DJ was unable to provide more info. The interview took place on the previous shift.

What I do remember about the interview is that the folks being interviewed said a small stage has been set up and various musicians will be performing this evening. It should be an interesting free show. The stage is pictured on the left.

Curious about the stage, I stopped by the Occupy New Orleans venue. The folks were friendly and eager to talk about the stage.

The assembled group indicated that they set up the stage last week. A group of gutter punks arrived and played music well into the night. The police came by about 2 a.m., not to harass anyone but to ask them to turn it down a bit.

They also said an engineer from the City came by and indicated that the stage needed a permit. That’s not an unreasonable request as the permit is to insure the safety of the occupants of the stage. I’m not an engineer but the stage looked reasonably well built.

The man just in from the “Occupy Denver” protest indicated that “the union” has supplied many of the tents. One might wonder why “the union” did not also get the necessary permits for the stage. It’s a small price to pay to insure the safety of the performers.

I was impressed with how clean and well organized the area occupied by the protesters was. That may be an indication of why city officials have not cleared the area… yet.

I indicated to the assembled group that the city would, at some point, have to take action. They understood that and indicated that the city has been extremely patient so far but knew at some point the situation would have to be addressed.

I know the city will eventually have to remove the protesters. Hopefully, the removal process will go smoothly with cooperation from everyone involved.

The assembled group did indeed fit the profile that has been presented by some in the media. It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon and the majority of the group I spoke with appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or some other substance.

And, as indicated by some in the media, these were not folks down on their luck or anyone who had missed a meal. They all appeared to be well dressed and well fed.

Be that as it may, the people occupying the area were all friendly and almost businesslike in their possession of the area. It is a peaceful, well organized event.

New Orleans is different. The difference is we accept anyone and everyone regardless of their views or station in life. That’s why people love this place.

Let’s hope the “Occupy New Orleans”
protest ends as peacefully as it began.

Party on the Bayou THIS Friday

Gala guests will gather to support the rehabilitation of two historic bridges, while enjoying delicious cuisine from Commander’s Palace and dancing to the throw-down tunes of the Creole String Beans. Bubbles will be served — champagne and ice-cold beer — and wine.

The Gala is to raise awareness and funds for rehabilitating the Magnolia and Walter Parker Memorial (aka Dumaine) Bridges that cross Bayou St. John, a community effort led by the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association in collaboration with the Re‐Bridge organization. The Magnolia Bridge is considered the oldest in New Orleans and was recently named one of Louisiana Landmarks Society’s “New Orleans Nine.” The Sanctuary is a private residence, once Walter Parker’s home, who helped transform the squalid bayou and surrounds into the wonderful neighborhood it is today. Re-Bridge is continuing the vision that Mr. Parker initiated 80 years ago.

The Gala is open to the public (cocktail attire) and tickets are available now at The tickets are $75 each with all proceeds going to Re-Bridge to raise matching funds for city and state funding. Commander’s Palace graciously donated the cuisine and Tommy Lewis has generously sponsored the Creole String Beans. The Gala will also include an incredibly eclectic silent auction featuring getaway trips, fine art, spa, world-class musical talent for private entertainment, spiritual/garden/foreign language master services, dining packages and more!

For more information call Re-Bridge’s chair, Rachel Dangermond, 504.309.2116 within normal business hours.

Don’t Trash DAT

“Don’t Trash DAT” is the City of New Orleans new slogan to remind folks to keep litter off of city streets.

Look for the bumper sticker above to start showing up on vehicles around the city. If this new anti-litter campaign doesn’t make you feel like dancing then click on the bumper sticker for some inspiration!