Bike Safety in the French Quarter

 

With nearly 350,000 residents, and ranked in the top ten most populous US cities for biking and walking levels by the 2014 Benchmarking Report, New Orleans can seem like a wild place to consider bicycling.

New Orleans has been ranked as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community since 2011 by The League of American Bicyclists, and seventh in the nation for per capita spending on bicycle and pedestrian programs.

This historical city continues to demonstrate a design well suited for short trips and bicycling. However, bicyclists need to be careful as the driving population of New Orleans still has not fully adjusted to bicycle riders.

Tips For Bicycling In New Orleans’ Famous French Quarter

Bicycling through New Orleans can be a fulfilling trip for the whole family. Remember these tips on French Quarter bike safety:

  • Always wear a helmet. While only children under the age of 12 are required to wear a helmet, it is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Bikers should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.
  • When riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights – and make sure your bike has reflectors. All cyclists traveling after dark are required to have white reflectors on the front of the bike and red on the back to indicate their direction of travel to others on the roadway. For extra visibility and safety on the road, wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials.
  • Ride on the street and keep 3 feet between you and the nearest car. Although children under the age of 15 are permitted to ride on the sidewalks, pedestrians rule the crowded sidewalks of New Orleans. For this reason, the district has developed a great number of bike lanes and paths.
  • Practice the “Copenhagen Left” or the “Box Left.” This maneuver is safer than taking a left with motorist traffic. To accomplish the left turn, ride through an intersection on the right, stop and turn your bike to the left, and then proceed through the next intersection.

New Orleans Bicycle Events and Attractions

New Orleans also hosts numerous biking tours, special bike paths, such as the upcoming Lafitte Greenway, the Annual World Naked Bike Tour in New Orleans to raise awareness for bike safety, and The New Orleans Bike Bash: a 3-day collection of bicycle-related events ranging from rides to bike polo, to bike-in-movies, designed to provide a wide variety of fun bicycle themed activities.

And if you’re still on the fence about bicycling in New Orleans, sit back as a passenger aboard a New Orleans Bike Taxi.

Biking is a healthy and generally safe activity, but accidents can still happen. If you or a loved one was involved in a bicycle accident in New Orleans, please contact Smiley Law to learn about injury aid and compensation.

Learn More From Smiley Law Firm’s Injury Blog

Here at Smiley Law Firm, we write about the topic of bicycle accidents extensively. As personal injury attorneys, we believe in educating our clients and the public with the most up to date information available. We have a number of blogs and articles covering the following topics. Please read them and leave comments if you find the information helpful.

We LOVE comments so please leave your comments below and we will respond quickly.

Comments

  1. Sam Li

    on June 6, 2019

    I appreciate what you said about determining which party was at fault during a car crash. Working with a reliable injury attorney is vital if you have been hurt due to the fault of another. If I were to get hurt in an auto accident, I would find an attorney with a winning track record to work with.

  2. Shayla Cademis

    on May 31, 2019

    I didn’t know you could get compensation for things like losing a job, having difficulties with mortgage payments, or getting a divorce after an auto accident. My brother-in-law was in a car accident last week after another driver ran a red light at an intersection. He’s definitely had a few medical bills, but I’ll have to let him know he should be aware of other possible compensations. Hopefully we can help him find a good attorney in his area. Thanks for the info!

  3. Bob

    on May 30, 2019

    I love your personal injury lawyer tips. My father just got hit by a drunk driver. I’ll have to get him a lawyer so he can sue the guy to his last dime.

  4. What to Do if You are in an Auto Accident

    on May 30, 2019

    […] most auto accidents are minor and those involved are able to walk away with serious injuries. Here’s what you need to […]

  5. 4 Tips to Heed After Filing a Personal Injury Insurance Claim - Law Policy

    on May 30, 2019

    […] questions you might have regarding your claim or policy. For example, you might want to know about injury claim values at this stage, as you could be curious about the amount your insurance company will be paying out […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *