Sculpture highlights dangers of cycling as bike sharing program begins

Lauren Bale talks about bike safety as a new bike sharing program starts in the city.

NEW ORLEANS -- Cyclists pedaled up and down St. Claude Monday evening taking in the ghost bikes piled high on the neutral ground.

"I think a sculpture may have impact,” biker James Beaumont said.

The white bicycles, stacked one on top of the other, are an attempt to get drivers to pay more attention to cyclists out on the road.

"I think it's a good idea, sure, like some general awareness,” Beaumont said.

With 700 bikes at 70 stations coming to New Orleans with the new bike share program, bike safety is taking center stage.

MORE: 70 bike share stations are coming to New Orleans

At a meeting Monday evening city leaders and members of the community brainstormed the best spots to set up the new bike share program keeping in mind safety, bike lanes and traffic flow. The city hopes the more people out biking, the safer the transportation method will become.

"Our hope is to get cyclists on the road, as there are more cyclists on the road it's proven to make it safer because there's a bigger presence,” Alan Ma Planning and Launch Director for Social Bikes said.

There are still two community meetings left where residents can give feedback about where they want to see the bike share stations set up in their neighborhoods

Lower Garden District, Central City:
Wednesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
People's Health New Orleans Jazz Market
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd

CBD, Warehouse District:
Monday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, 4th Floor, Imperial 5 Meeting Room
601 Loyola Ave.

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