Rolling Along the River | Bicycling on the West Bank

Bike path by Algiers Ferry

I haven’t ridden a bicycle in years, but dear hubby decided that it would be fun and a good way to stay in shape (or, in our case, get back into shape because round is generally not the desired one).  So, we pulled out the rarely used bikes this weekend, in an effort to jump start our exercise program.

We wanted to ride somewhere that we didn’t have to worry about cars not following the rules of the road where bikes are concerned, since a side trip to emergency room is not our schedules.  After some consideration, we ended up riding from the Gretna Ferry Landing to the Algiers Ferry Landing and back again, taking in a great view of the city along the way.  The bike path is paved the entire way, with marked lanes for cyclists and runners along most of the route.  There’s a little up and down action in a few sections that were tough for me, but obviously not a problem for the guy who was whizzing back and forth, lapping us several times on our ride.  I guess he’s been doing this for awhile.

I felt completely safe along the route, as we passed lots of runners, walkers, other folks on bikes and some people just sitting and enjoying the breeze blowing off of the river.  Even though I was tempted to just settle in at the Dry Dock for beers and a sandwich when we got to Algiers, we were able to contain ourselves and finished our 2 1/2 mile ride back to our starting point.  When I started out Saturday morning, I had no idea I’d be able to ride 5 miles (and my legs protested a little on Sunday) but we will definitely be adding this to our list of things to do again.

More about the bike path

If you are considering a bicycle as your primary means of transportation in New Orleans, read this Times-Picayune article about local bike routes.  And, if you see me riding my shiny blue bike, please say hello!

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