The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works, in concert with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and the Regional Planning Commission, is implementing the New Century New Orleans Master Plan, Transportation Plan commonly referred to as the Master Plan. DPW currently has 87 miles of bikeways and is on track to have more than 100 miles of bikeways on the roadways by the end of 2014.
Bicycling is an important element of the New Orleans transportation network. According to the American Community Survey, New Orleans has the 10th highest percentage of people who cycle to work each day. The bicycle network has earned Bronze recognition from the League of American Bicyclists for implementing a bicycle friendly community program.
For guidance on how to safely use the bicycle network visit the Bike Easy Map and Guide to Safe Cycling or the Louisiana Bike Guide.
Bike Lane: A portion of the roadway that has been designated for preferential or exclusive use by bicyclists with pavement markings and possibly, signs.(1)
A Bike Lane is intended for one-way travel in the same direction as the adjacent travel lane. Bike Lanes are not intended to accommodate all bicycle use on a roadway; bicyclists may leave a bike lane to pass other bicyclists, make left turns or right turns, avoid debris or other objects, or pass buses or other vehicles momentarily stopped in the bike lane. A Bike Lane typically requires 5 to 6 feet of dedicated roadway.
Bike Lanes are typically applied on major streets such as Decatur Street.
A lane of a traveled roadway that is open to both bicycle and motor vehicle travel. Shared-lane markings typically include pavement marking symbols that indicate an appropriate positioning in a shared lane.(1)
Shared Lanes are typically applied in situations where it is desirable to provide a higher level of guidance to bicyclists and motorists. In some cases, Shared Lanes may be used where insufficient space is available for a designated Bike Lane. A Shared Lane typically requires 10-14 feet of roadway space. The position of the shared line markings indicate the preferred location bicyclists should be riding in the lane.
Shared Lanes are typically applied on streets like Orleans Avenue where it is desirable to provide a higher level of guidance to bicyclists and motorists.
Shared Use Path:
A bikeway physically separated from motor vehicle traffic by an open space or barrier. Shared use paths may be used by pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, joggers, and other non-motorized vehicle users.(1)
Only under limited circumstances should Shared Use Paths be installed on roadway medians or neutral grounds. Two-direction Shared Use Paths are typically 10 – 14 feet wide.
City Park Perimeter Trail Loop is an example of a Shared Use Path through a park
Buffered Bike Lane: Conventional bicycle lanes paired with a designated buffer space separating the bicycle lane from the adjacent motor vehicle lane and/or parking lane. (2)
The buffer generally consists of white pavement stripes. Buffered Bike Lanes are appropriate where adequate space is available. Buffered Bike Lanes can provide bicyclists more travel comfort on streets with high travel speeds, high travel volumes, and/or high amounts of truck traffic.
A Buffered Bike Lane can provide additional comfort and space for bicyclists on major streets.
Cycle Track: An exclusive bike facility that combines the user experience of a separated path with the on-street infrastructure of a conventional bike lane. A Cycle Track is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic and distinct from the sidewalk. Cycle Tracks may be one-way or two-way and can be separated from the travel lane in a variety of ways including flexible delineators, raised medians, on-street parking, or bollards.(2)
A Cycle Track can improve perceived comfort and safety of bicyclists. It requires more space than a Bike Lane or Buffered Bike Lane and typically functions best on streets with few conflicts such as driveways or cross-streets.
A Cycle Track like this one in Vancouver, BC are preferred by some cyclists.
The Lafitte Greenway project will include a cycle track where the project alignment meets at Basin St. For a full description of the Lafitte Greenway project, visit the project website.
Bike Rack: A stationary fixture to which a bicycle can be securely attached.(2)
Bike Racks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. Bike Racks typically are installed along sidewalks so that they provide convenient access for bicyclists but also do not obstruct the pedestrian access route. A Bike Corral is a group of several bicycle racks that are installed on the street.
Bike Racks that are installed on public sidewalks and streets require approval by the DPW. Click here for an application to install a bike rack corral on the public right of way. DPW staff can provide guidance on appropriate rack types, materials, and layout.
Bike Racks such as these on Perdido Street provide designated parking for bicycles.
(1) American Association of State Highway And Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities,4th Ed., 2012.
(2) National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide, 2nd Ed.