According to a press bulletin, the PeopleForBikes organization just released its third annual ranking of the best cities for biking, and New Orleans is moving up on the list. Last year, the city came in at number 27 but now sits at 17, a major improvement.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell responded, saying that she is “encouraged that this progress is being acknowledged” as the city works to improve its bicycle infrastructure.
“We recognize that we have made dramatic improvement in accelerating our network and are experiencing a significant increase in ridership. We also recognize that there is much work to be done to improve safety for all of those who use the road, but especially for people walking and bicycling,” Mayor Cantrell said.
The PeopleForBikes City Ratings program assesses upwards of 550 cities and towns and is data-driven. The five gages they use to score include how many bike riders there are, how safe it is to ride bikes in the city, how fast bicycle infrastructure improvements are being made, how the bicycle network works to serve all parts of its community, and how easy it is for riders to get where they need to be.
New Orleans achieved its best marks in its level of improvement and number of riders. The city hopes to build off this progress and continue investing in its transportation infrastructure.