Biking Basics: Area Bike Resources
Biking is one of the best ways to stay fit and to get around New Orleans, and Tulane is located in an especially bike-friendly part of the city. For Tulane students and New Orleanians who bike, here are some local resources to help you buy, outfit, and fix up a bike, and to get around safely:
Get Around and Get Involved: Bike Easy has a great map of New Orleans bike lanes and biking routes, and they also offer events like group rides, advocacy events, and workshops. Join in on a NOLA bike tour on September 28 with Reily’s Outdoor Recreation program to get familiar with biking in New Orleans.
Do it Yourself: Save time and money by knowing how to fix up your bike yourself. The Tulane Bike Help Desk has most bike tools and can help you learn to fix your own bike. Take advantage of their help to learn how to fix a flat tire, a broken chain, and other common repairs. Plan B offers more in-depth classes and drop-in hours for help with repairs.
Buy, Fix, or Outfit a Bike: For accessories, more complicated bike repair, or to buy a bike, check out nearby bicycle shops like GNO Cyclery (1426 South Carrolton Ave), The Bike Shop (4711 Freret Street), and Massey’s (509 North Carrolton Ave), among others. You can also usually find good deals on things like lights, baskets, and helmets on Amazon.com, and used bikes on Craiglist.com.
Bike Safely: Tulane’s Bicycle Security and Safety tips will help you ride safely and keep your bike safe as well. Follow their “how to ride in traffic” tips (be predictable, be alert, and be equipped) any time you are biking in the city. Bike Easy’s map and safety guide also has safety advice for both cyclists and motorists.
Lynnie Moore is a Master’s candidate studying Community Health at the Tulane School of Public Health. She blogs about fitness, wellness, and life in New Orleans for the Reily Center.