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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Bike rack installation project

An application is required for businesses and property owners wishing to install bike racks on City sidewalks.  The City Traffic Engineer must review and approve bike racks prior to installation on City sidewalks.  Typically the review and approval of rack applications takes 2-3 weeks. A PDF version of the application can be found here.

As bicycle ridership continues to grow in New Orleans, the City is actively developing facilities that can connect trips by bicycle.  The City’s bicycle network currently includes 100 miles of bikeways. 

View a map of the current bicycle network here.

DPW is also developing a plan to install bike racks throughout the City. Residents submitted requests for locations and the City is currently prioritizing locations based on available funding using the following criteria: 

  • The location serves multiple destinations with a need for short-term bike parking (e.g. shops, restaurants, offices, banks, public agencies, parks, etc.)
  • The location is on public property such as a sidewalk or street.
  • For sidewalk installations, adequate width (at least 10 feet) is available between the curb and property line and adequate space between the rack and permanent structures such as balcony columns, trees, and fire hydrants.
  • The location presents no conflict with use of curb ramps, designated passenger/loading zones, pedestrian circulation at corners, permitted sidewalk cafés, and bus stops.
  • The location is within reasonable distance (ideally less than 50 feet) of a building destination.
  • The bike rack can be installed on an existing suitable surface such as concrete.  Under limited circumstances, the City may consider installing concrete pads for bike rack installations. 
  • The location is accessible to the general public. 

In addition to incorporating public feedback on the locations of future bike racks or corrals, the corridors below are also likely to receive bike rack installations:

Corridors likely to receive bike rack installations




St. Claude Ave.

Tennessee St.

Egania St.

St. Claude Ave.

Elysian Fields Ave.

Press St.

Oretha C. Haley Blvd.

Jackson Ave.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

N. Broad St.

Bienville St.

Orleans Ave.

N. Rampart St.

Canal Blvd.

Esplanade Ave.

St. Roch Ave.

N. Rampart St.

Marais St.

Newton St.

Behrman St.

Teche St.

Teche St.

Newton St.

Opelousas Ave.

Central Business District



The bike rack above was recently placed at the intersection of Freret and Robert streets and is similar to racks that will be installed as part of this project.

The bike corral above was recently placed in front of City Hall. Installing corrals may involve substituting one parking space for a bike corral.

Bike Rack Request

The deadline to submit a bike rack request was August 22, 2014. 

Questions about this project may be directed the Department of Public Works at 504-658-8046.

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Last updated: 3/2/2016 1:12:58 PM

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