New Orleans is working towards its first bike-share for residents and tourists alike to use as transportation around the city. Bike-share won’t be publicly funded, but will instead be supported by existing organizations and the money from passes purchased by residents and tourists for use.
The desire for a bike-share has existed for years in biking communities, and by next year the city is expected to have a 700-bike system in place. Bike-share is intended to help low-income residents and those who wish to lead a healthier and sustainable life-style. The mission for bike-share is also to support public transportation by providing an alternative to the bus services, which haven’t been fully restored since Hurricane Katrina.
In order to use the bike-share, there will be payments for tourists and discounted prices for residents, as well as kiosks that will operate in multiple languages in order to accommodate a wider population.