Southeast - New Orleans- bike from City Park to Blind Lagoon?
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12-09-11, 11:26 PM
Any New Orleans locals have suggested routes to go from City Park out to Louisana Nature Ctr or Blind Lagoon?
Looks like Chef Menteur Hwy is the only way across Industrial Canal on bike?
thanks for any suggestions
12-10-11, 07:48 PM
Two other ways to do that ride. From city park, the Almonaster Train Bridge saves about four miles each way.
I have detailed maps at joeybike.com (http://www.joeybike.com/maps.php) Scroll down to the map titled: Ride Around Lake Pontchartrain and Other Routes to the North. Zoom all the way in for road details.
The approach to the train bridge has gravel both sides. I use my road bike all the time, but it can be sketchy. Walk the hundred feet if the rocks bug you. 30 second of walking. There is a grated one-lane route for cars. Ignore all Road Closed signs, just go right on through. Done it hundreds of time, seen cops do it, they wave hello. No problem. Just don't drive a car over it.
What is going on at Blind Lagoon?
12-10-11, 09:32 PM
Awesome, what a great resource of maps and guides you have!
I actually was watching some of your videos earlier on vimeo (not knowing it was you).
Do you stay on Almonaster the whole way, is Old Gentilly Rd a good alternative? Almonaster looks like a double -wide freeway, is it pretty safe?
Also, what areas are good to live in? Marigny or Uptown or ????
12-11-11, 11:22 AM
Almonaster is perfect with a new surface most of the way. At Little Woods you could shift over to Chef to avoid bad surfaces near NASA. Beware rush hour on weekdays down by NASA. Weekends - ghost town. Both have wide shoulders until, of course, the surface gets bad. Then you own the entire right lane no matter what.
Both neighborhoods are good. A lot depends on what you can afford, obviously. And your temperament. Bywater is Artsy, bohemian. Uptown is more professional. But there are many little pockets that don't fit the mold. Check out Mid-City too.
I am short on time today. Will respond tomorrow if you have more questions. Later
12-11-11, 07:23 PM
What would be a good area with cycling-friendly lifestyle in mind?
Reading this now, is it accurate?
Any tips would be great!
12-12-11, 09:52 AM
The entire city is good for cycling in my opinion. And the message board you referred me to is generally accurate. Like any city in the USofA, if you are buying or selling drugs as a full time career, odd are your life will end tragically. Our murder statistics are padded with drug sellers. Regular law abiding citizens have less of a chance of being murdered by a stranger than being struck by lightning several times. HOWEVER, there are things you can do to almost assure you are a victim of crime. Wander around staggering drunk with expensive camera equipment around your neck, jewelry, etc and you will increase the odds of being victimized most likely after dark. Live in a any hood and leave your windows/doors wide open or unlocked. If you unwittingly invite crime, it will visit you in NOLA.
Where you live should be a function of where you work. If you take a job in the suburbs, why bike all the way across town twice a day, unless you like to do it. The opposite is true as well. If you have little money, you will be living in rundown hoods with the drug sellers/users. The sellers will leave you alone. The buyers will mug you. Maybe. I have many friends who live in hoods I will not bike to after dark. They bike all the time and have no issues. Likely they are smart about how they go about it, and my fear is somewhat unjustified.
If you want to be 100 percent absorbed into the New Orleans "scene" like the show "Treme", the Bywater area is ideal. Treme is becoming gentrified slowly. The French Quarter is OK but noisy if you like to sleep at night. You can be happy here just about anywhere, and relatively safe if you are not clueless or stupid. You have to act like a gazelle on the Serengeti - always alert and aware of where the predators hang out. Or if you are an action freak, get a carry permit and pack some heat.
Remember...most of us got flooded out of here recently. It was a lot of work and expense to return. Would have been easier to just move somewhere else, but we mostly returned if we could afford to do it. So that tells you something right there. BTW...if you move here, you need an evacuation plan during hurricane season. You could evacuate by bicycle, but renting/borrowing/buying a dependable vehicle is an option. Many people own two cars but want to evacuate together as a family. That means leaving one or more spare cars home to get flooded. If you know people in that pickle, offer to evacuate their car and even a load of their stuff in the trunk.
Hope this helps. Shoot me a PM or email if you move to NOLA. Maybe I can get you hooked up with some locals with like interests.
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