NEW ORLEANS –- (RealEstateRama) — The City of New Orleans, in conjunction with Social Bicycles, Inc. (SoBI) launched online voting for residents from June 5 – 18, 2017 to provide feedback on where bike share station locations would best serve their transportation needs. Bike share is a fun, healthy and convenient transit option that offers online and on-the-spot opportunities to reserve and rent a bike throughout the City. 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 work sites and destinations.
The online voting is an extension of the six community workshops hosted in March and April where over 100 participants reviewed station location maps and provided input.
The online map allows residents to provide input that will help narrow down the more than 240 options shown to the final 70 stations, launching fall 2017. The site reflects comments and feedback collected during the community workshops on location alternatives.
After final input is complete, the draft station locations will be assessed for feasibility, including sufficient sun exposure for battery charging, space availability, 24-hour access, and visibility. The final station locations will be a result of a robust community outreach process involving residents, partner agencies, institutions, community groups, businesses, and stakeholders, and will be announced in July.
The full program will consist of 70 stations with 700 bicycles and a guaranteed minimum future expansion of 90 more stations with 900 bicycles total. One-hundred percent of the bike share program will be privately financed through sponsorships, advertisements, and rental fees.
The fees for bike rental are:
- Monthly Pass: $15 for unlimited trips up to one hour of riding a day (hourly rate thereafter).You can take as many trips as desired that all together add up to 60 minutes. For example, a 15-minute ride to work in the morning, a 5-minute ride for lunch and a 30-minute ride home to pick up some food totals 50 minutes for the day.
- Low-Income Pass: $1.67 per month ($20 per year) for unlimited trips up to one hour of riding a day (hourly rate thereafter).
- Pay-as-you-go: $8 per hour of riding (pro-rated).
New Orleans is growing rapidly as a bicycling city. The city was recognized as a bicycle-friendly community in fall 2014 by the League of American Bicyclists. Recently, New Orleans was selected by People for Bikes as one of 10 cities to participate in their Big Jump Project to reimagine bicycle infrastructure. For more information, please visit http://www.peopleforbikes.org/placesforbikes/landing/the-big-jump-project .
To share preferences for station locations online, visit:
For additional information about the bike share program, please visit http://www.nola.gov/bikeshare .