Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans is FINALLY, after a decade of meetings, planning, debate, delay, bulls**t, and more bulls**t, going on a "road diet" from a narrow, dangerous, rough, potholed 4-lane auto road to a wide 2-lane auto road with a striped bike lane. This is huge, not only for me (I have quit jobs because of the condition of this roadway) but for thousands of other cyclists and hundreds more "would be" cyclists to get from outlying areas of our city to the French Quarter and more importantly - the Downtown Central Business District. From "impossible" to "pleasurable" for many new commuting cyclists on an arrow-straight path. Even tourists and our bike tour guide business will benefit by having a safe and direct route from the French Quarter to City Park, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Lake Pontchartrain. God Save Us, they have just put out the orange cones!
So the video below will be the "before" picture. I start out near the river heading north(ish) on the smooth section so you can see how smooth and fast this run will be from end to end. At 02:24 when I pop out from under the Interstate 10 overpass hang on to your dentures. I ride the old section for a minute and 03:45 is the worst. Almost 2 miles looks just like that right now. A few months from now I shall post the "after" video.
BONUS: At 00:22 a jogger almost takes me out with a left hook.