For the past few years my husband has tried to get me to ride bikes in New Orleans with him and I have resisted, due to a fear of local drivers, potholed streets and the lasting image of a black-'n'-blued friend who was knocked out when a car door opened as he was riding in the CBD.
My argument has always been that there is nowhere to bike besides the levee, The Tammany Trace and the Lakefront and without a car bike rack, it was totally impractical. I would finish my
argument with suggesting a nice walk, secretly envious of those brave souls who would bike from Mardi Gras to Jazz Fest, never feeling the stress of finding a parking place.
Then I got on a bike for the first time in 10 years in Sandestin, Fla., and had a really great time. I told him I would ride bikes with him, but only in cities that were bicycle friendly. I began searching on travel sites for beginner bike adventures and my search led to our own neighborhood: this month's Budget Travel writer, Zora O'Neill, features New Orleans as a great city to see by bike. Check out this article for a great way to reflect and enjoy our city as the weather cools down.