Bike Easy's annual Bike to Work Day, which encourages commute-weary New Orleanians to try riding a bike to work, returns Wednesday, April 12. The event features organized rides that depart from locations around the city to a central meetup in Lafayette Square, where there's coffee, snacks and the opportunity to get your bike tuned up. (Visit the event page
for meeting locations.) There also is a workshop
at Dashing Bicycles
about basic bike mechanics at 6 p.m. April 10.
A 2016 U.S. Census Bureau report found
New Orleans to be among the nation's top 20 cities for bike commuting, and it's true that a great deal of progress toward encouraging cycling has been made in the past several years, with many miles of new bike lanes and shared lanes ("sharrows") painted and a new bike share program
set to roll out in the fall. However, cycling advocates still stress the importance of organized rides such as Bike to Work Day to encourage new riders, and also to increase the cycling community's visibility to drivers who are reluctant to share the road.
Bike to Work Day events are free to attend. If the weather doesn't cooperate, there's generally a rain date.