My friend is moving back to New Orleans to restore hurricane devastated homes with Americorps. She will be living 1-3 miles away from the french quarter but assumes that she will be doing work all over the city.
At this time she has no transportation and not enough money to buy a solid and reliable car or motorcycle so I recommended that she consider commuting around the city on a bike. She is actually very excited about the idea; wants to buy a road bike asap and begin to condition herself for long distance commutes while here in Tallahassee. I'm excited about getting my friend on a saddle but I've never been to New Orleans so I don't know if I've given her good advice or if I need to change my suggestion to a moped or something.
Has anyone here ever lived car free in New Orleans? Does it have many bike commuters? Is the infrastructure (roads, law enforcement, public transportation) bicycle friendly? Would she, as a woman in her late teens(not a regular cyclist), regret choosing a bicycle as her main mode of transportation?