New Orleans City Park has installed bike parking at 15 locations throughout the 1,300-acre park, with capacity for more than 100 bicycles. With the parking, visitors can secure their bikes at spots convenient for a number of activities, from visiting a playground or riding in a paddle boat to running around the practice track or exercising on the outdoor fitness equipment at the Festival Grounds.

In addition to bike parking, a self-repair bike center featuring an industrial tire pump, repair stand and tools is located at the entrance to Couturie Forest, 1009 Harrison Ave. The center is open to the public during daylight hours.

The upgrade of City Park’s bicycle infrastructure is being financed with the help of a $50,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program through the Louisiana Office of State Parks. In addition, financing is in place for a bike path along Marconi Avenue that will join bike trails along Wisner and Robert E. Lee boulevards and Harrison Avenue. This project is slated to begin later this year.

Bicycle rentals are available at the City Park Boat House on Big Lake through Wheel Fun Rentals. Rental rates range from $8 an hour for a child’s bike to $10 an hour for a cruiser or mountain bike, to $35 an hour for a double surrey bike. Rental hours are from 10 a.m. to sunset from March through October. For information on rentals, call (504) 300-1289.