NEW ORLEANS ( April 12, 2023) – Festival season is back with the French Quarter Festival happening April 13-16. As you let the good times roll, keep in mind that Blue Bikes are a fun, healthy and environmentally-sustainable way to ride to or from the events -- without the hassles of fighting traffic or searching for parking.
Here’s how you can ride:
Before you head to the fest, download the Blue Bikes Nola app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play. People can choose from different ridership plans and payment options to rent Blue Bikes:
● The Pay As You Go option costs 15 cents per minute and includes a $1 unlocking fee. There is no ongoing commitment required for this option. You will be charged only for the time you use (per minute).
● The Monthly Membership option costs $25 and lets you unlock a Blue Bike without a fee any time you ride. Monthly memberships include up to an hour of free ride time per day, which you can use in multiple trips.
● Through the Blue Bikes for All program, New Orleans residents who qualify for Medicaid or Louisiana Purchase (S/NAP) can get a reduced ridership plan of $4 per month.
To learn more about Blue Bikes pricing and rider options, visit BlueBikesNola.com.
Where to Park
Blue Bike riders can end their trips by locking bicycles to a designated Blue Bikes station free of charge. Blue Bikes stations near the French Quarter Festival are located at:
● Esplanade Avenue and Decatur Street
● Ursuline Avenue and Decatur Street
● Toulouse Street and Decatur Street
● Bienville Street and N. St. Peters Street
● Canal Street and N. St. Peters Street
● Iberville Street and Decatur Street
● St. Phillip Street and Royal Street
● N. Rampart Street and St. Ann Street
● N. Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue
Blue Bikes riders also have the option to end their trips by locking bicycles to a public bike rack or tall street sign for a $2 charge.
Blue Bikes riders cannot lock bikes to private property, such as a gate or driveway. And, Blue Bikes riders should not lock bikes to historical architecture in the French Quarter, such as balcony poles or iron fences.
For more information on Blue Bikes, visit BlueBikesNOLA.com or follow Blue Bikes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BlueBikesNOLA.
About Blue Krewe
Founded in New Orleans in 2020, Blue Krewe is a local, community-based non-profit that manages and operates the Blue Bikes program. Recognizing the importance of Blue Bikes as a healthy, equitable, and environmentally-friendly transportation option, local bikeshare enthusiasts - such former Blue Bikes staff, biking and pedestrian advocates, philanthropists and community healthcare advocates - came together to form Blue Krewe. Here at Blue Krewe, we are committed to our mission to provide the Greater New Orleans region with equitable shared micro-mobility solutions that are rooted in and supportive of our community.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation provided critical start-up funding and fiscal sponsorship for Blue Krewe. Blue Krewe's partners include Bike Easy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans. To donate, volunteer or learn more visit www.BlueKrewe.org.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We were recognized for the past four years as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We are a private mutual company, owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We invite all Louisianians to visit our website at www.bcbsla.com or talk to us on social media @BCBSLA.