Blue Bikes are coming back on September 1.
Good news, cycling New Orleanians! Blue Bikes will be returning to the city this September, according to Mayor Cantrell. The popular service disappeared last year during the early weeks of the pandemic, leaving us to wonder when we would be able to enjoy bicycle rides again.
Luckily, the bike-share program that initially started in 2017 will now be operated by Blue Krewe, a new local nonprofit managing program. They have partnered with Canadian company Drop Mobility to provide a fleet of 50 bikes and software.
During a press conference, the city has confirmed that the bikes will still feature the familiar blue color and brand. However, some improvements have been implemented. We’re sure you’ll be happy to know that they will have an enhanced lock that is supposed to be more user-friendly.
The new e-bikes will also feature a pedal-assist hub similar to the previous Blue Bikes and will have front and rear lights plus an integrated bell for your safety. They will also be compatible with the existing stations around town.
You’ll be able to pay for rides through an app by the minute or by signing on a monthly plan that will be $25. A low-cost program will be eligible for people with Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
They will be available by September 1.
Featured image by Blue Bikes NOLA.