NEW ORLEANS – Today, the City of New Orleans announced the final 70 bike share station locations for the City’s upcoming bike share system, Blue Bikes. Blue Bikes is a partnership between the City of New Orleans, Social Bicycles, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, which is the system’s title sponsor.
The station location map, as well as results of community workshops and online poll, are available on the City’s website at https://www.nola.gov/bikeshare external link
The final 70 station locations are a result of extensive community outreach that began in January 2017 with over 25 presentations to community and stakeholder groups. Over 100 participants attended six community workshops in March and April 2017 and provided input on bike share station locations. Additionally, in June 2017, residents voted online to provide feedback on bike share station locations that would best serve their transportation needs.
Results of the community feedback were used to identify the most highly supported and technically feasible locations. Additional locations were developed to ensure residents in the initial service area, whether leaving from home, work or other destinations would be no more than a few blocks away from a station. A working group of representatives from seven City departments and the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority reviewed draft locations to provide additional technical input. The City held numerous meetings with residents, partner agencies, institutions, community groups, businesses, and stakeholders to finalize locations.
Blue Bikes will launch early December 2017 and will roll out in multiple waves over the following two months to complete the first phase of installing 70 stations and 700 bikes. Once established, Social Bicycles plans to expand the program based on rider demand with a minimum of 90 stations and 900 bikes total.
The Blue Bikes pricing structure includes monthly passes for locals. A separate pricing track will be available for residents who qualify for public assistance to purchase rides at a lower cost. One-hundred percent of the bike share program will be privately financed through sponsorships and rental fees.
The fees for bike rental are:
- Monthly Pass: $15 for unlimited trips up to 1 hour of riding a day (hourly rate thereafter).You can take as many trips as desired that all together add up to 60 minutes. For example, a 15-minute ride to work in the morning, a 5-minute ride for lunch and a 30-minute ride home with a quick stop to pick up some food totals 50 minutes for the day
- Reduced Fare Pass: $1.67 per month ($20 per year) for unlimited trips up to 1 hour of riding a day (hourly rate thereafter). Incomed-based
- Pay-as-you-go: $8 per hour of riding (pro-rated)
For updates on the launch, please visit https://bluebikesnola.com/ external link
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