Moving New Orleans Bikes — 7th Ward, Tremé, Mid-City & Gentilly

North Galvez Street one-way protected bikeway

Moving New Orleans Bikesis a city-wide vision for creating more than 600 miles of “low-stress” bikeway networks connecting every neighborhood across New Orleans, and is the leading Complete Streets initiative in Mayor Cantrell’s overall transportation plan, Moving New Orleans.

Beginning in 2020, the first 75 miles of new protected bikeways, bike/walk boulevards, high-visibility crosswalks, bus stops and bus islands, and new and refurbished sidewalks are being built in neighborhoods in and adjacent to downtown New Orleans, before expanding to other areas of the city.

As of Spring 2021, construction is underway in neighborhoods in and adjacent to downtown New Orleans, beginning with the Tremé and 7th Ward, to be followed by improvements in Gentilly and Mid-City

Click any of the following to learn more:

View our map of 'Moving New Orleans' low-stress bikeways to be built this year:

Prioritized corridors for improvements by December 2021 in downtown and downrver neighborhoods

3 features make New Orleans’ new bikeway network “low stress”:

Walking Improvements
High-visibility crosswalks, new walking paths and repaired sidewalks along new bikeway corridors
Protected Bikeways
On streets with higher speeds to improve safety by providing designated space for people driving and people biking
Bike / Walk Boulevards
Low-speed, low-traffic streets with added safety features to ensure awareness of people biking & walking

Protected bike lanes contain vertical elements to create separation between people biking and people driving, with clear expectations for where travelers should be in the roadway, increasing safety.

Walking improvements include high visibility crosswalks, new walking paths and repaired sidewalks along new bikeway corridors.

Bike / Walk Boulevards are low-speed, low-traffic streets with added safety features to ensure awareness of people biking and walking.

Neighborhood streets with ‘Moving New Orleans Bikes’ planned improvements:

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N. Galvez with newly constructed protected bikeways

MNOB Complete Streets Renovation – New striping and vertical flex posts on existing bike lane to create a one-way protected bikeway from Orleans Avenue to Franklin Avenue

Download N. Galvez factsheet from the City of New Orleans – Dept of Public Works

Previous – One vehicular traffic lane, right-side unprotected bike lane, left on-street parking.


North Galvez before MNOB renovation

Beginning Soon

MNOB Complete Streets Renovations – New striping and flex posts to create parking protected bikeways in each direction on Gentilly Boulevard between North Broad Street and New Orleans Street, as well as installing marked crosswalks, improving intersection geometry and sight distances at driveways.

Download Gentilly Boulevard fact sheet from the City of New Orleans – Dept of Public Works

Previous – Two vehicular traffic lanes in each direction, right-side unprotected bike lane in each direction, with on-street parking in each direction.


Gentilly Boulevard prior to improvements

Expected construction start – June/July 2021

MNOB Complete Streets Renovation – Reduction in travel lanes from two to one, allowing for new one-way protected bikeway (right side) with striping and vertical flex posts and new parking lane (left side) from Franklin Avenue to Orleans Avenue.

Download N. Miro factsheet from the City of New Orleans – Dept of Public Works

Previous – Two vehicular travel lanes, on-street parking on both sides, right lane bicycle share road symbol


North Miro prior to MNOB renovation (at Franklin Ave)

Later this year

MNOB Complete Streets Renovations – New striping and vertical flex posts to create parking protected bikeways and remove one vehicular traffic lane in each direction, as well as installing marked crosswalks, improving intersection geometry and sight distances at driveways between N. Norman C Francis Parkway and N. Carrollton Avenue.

Download Bienville Street fact sheet from the City of New Orleans – Dept of Public Works

Previous – Two vehicular traffic lanes in each direction, with on-street parking in each direction.


Bienville Street prior to improvements

MNOB Complete Streets Renovation – New striping and vertical flex posts to create parking protected bikeways and remove one vehicular traffic lane in each direction on Franklin Avenue from St. Claude Avenue to I-610.

Download Franklin Avenue factsheet from the City of New Orleans – Dept of Public Works

Previous – Two vehicular traffic lanes in each direction, with on-street parking on both sides. 

Click here to read our in-depth discussion of the Franklin Avenue improvements.


Franklin Avenue prior to MNOB renovation (St. Claude Avenue to I-610)

MNOB Complete Streets Renovations – New striping and vertical flex posts to create parking protected bikeways and remove one vehicular traffic lane in each direction, as well as installing marked crosswalks, improving intersection geometry and sight distances at driveways between I-610 and Filmore Avenue.

Download Paris Avenue fact sheet from the City of New Orleans – Dept of Public Works

Previous – Two vehicular traffic lanes in each direction, with on-street parking in each direction.


Paris Avenue prior to improvements

MNOB Complete Streets Renovation – New striping and vertical flex posts to create parking protected bikeways on each side of St. Bernard from N. Rampart Street to Gentilly Boulevard.

Download St. Bernard factsheet from the City of New Orleans – Dept of Public Works

Previous – One vehicular traffic lane in each direction, right-side unprotected bike lane in each direction, with on-street parking on both sides.

Click here to read our in-depth discussion on the St. Bernard improvements.


St. Bernard prior to MNOB renovation

MNOB Complete Streets Renovations – New striping  to create bike lanes in each direction, as well as installing marked crosswalks, improving intersection geometry and sight distances at driveways between N. Claiborne Avenue and Hagan Avenue

Download Ursulines Avenue fact sheet from the City of New Orleans – Dept of Public Works

Previous – One vehicular traffic lanes in each direction, with on-street parking in each direction.


Ursulines Avenue prior to improvements

Check out the latest updates on Complete Streets in the 7th Ward, Treme, Mid-City & Gentilly

Why BIKEMAN supports the protected bikeway on North Galvez Street

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The new lanes are wonderful, because people are slowing down when they come around the corner.

The cars fly through here [North Galvez St at St. Bernard Ave]. It's better for everyone when they're coming in and out [of the car wash].”

Brian 'Bikeman', 7th Ward resident / owner of Bikeman's Car Wash

More coming soon about why Bikeman is committed to the success of Complete Streets in the 7th Ward.

By the end of the year, in the 7th Ward, Tremé, Mid-City or Gentilly you’ll be able to enjoy safe, low-stress bike rides from:

– N. Carrollton Ave @ Bienville St all the way to St. Roch Park

– The Fairgrounds to the Warehouse District

– Dillard University to the French Quarter

– N. Villere St to the Lower Garden District

Because of Moving New Orleans Bikes, residents of every age and skill level will have new low-stress bike commuting options from home to a job in the CBD or French Quarter, all on protected bikeways and bike/walk-friendly boulevards.

Tell local leaders and Mayor Cantrell you support safe, accessible mobility improvements coming to your neighborhood via Moving New Orleans Bikes. Share how low-stress biking, walking, and calmer speeds will benefit you and your community.

If your your organization is supportive of Moving New Orleans Bikes and Complete Streets, click here for more information about joining as a member organization in the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition.

Why Angela Chalk supports Moving New Orleans Bikes in the 7th Ward

Fewer cars on the streets means less emissions. The more people riding bikes the better it is for our atmosphere, as well as creating a positive impact on our community health, the rate of hypertension, etc.

People need to remember that African-American communities are the most affected by climate change. Green infrastructure, which is an absolutely critical element of Complete Streets reduces the affects and harm.

Angela Chalk, life-long 7th Ward Resident and Executive Director of Healthy Community Services
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Read more about why Angela Chalk supports Complete Streets with a sign in her yard – click here

Moving New Orleans Bikes is about making all travel  biking walking driving transit safe & accesible.

More info from the City of New Orleans:

All publicly available plans, designs, and construction information can be found on the City of New Orleans website – Nola.gov/movingneworleans

View the City of New Orleans’ Digital Bikeway Blueprint, an interactive map of the full city-wide vision of the Moving New Orleans Low-Stress Bikeway Network.

Download the 7th Ward, Tremé, Mid-City & Gentilly Conceptual Design presentation and/or the City’s Pre-Construction presentation prepared by the Office of Transportation and Department of Public Works for MNOB in the 7th Ward/surrounding neighborhoods.

Beginning in 2019, the City of New Orleans held a series of public meetings to gather input for the formation of a city-wide Moving New Orleans ‘low-stress’ bikeway network. Following the presentation of a city-wide plan, community design meetings have been held  ahead of planned construction areas around New Orleans.

See here for a full timeline of City-hosted public meetings for Moving New Orleans Bikes

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