NolaCycle is a project aimed to create a high quality cycling map of New Orleans. Cycling maps include information beyond just streets and their names that benefits cyclists. In our map, we highlight the pavement quality, car travel speed, lane width, and special caution areas (busy intersections, man-eating potholes, or high accident areas). Volunteers help to collect this data by attending mapping events.
The information is then digitized to make a map of the data we collected to help cyclists - young, old, local, and tourist alike - navigate New Orleans.

Check out the blog for updates on the project, ways to get involved, and volunteer mapping events!

If you have questions, feel free to make a public comment on the blog entry or e-mail us directly at

Thursday, April 18, 2013

nolacycle 1898


And if our NolaCycle data isn't out-of-date enough for you, we have this!

Map of the City of New Orleans, showing the various Street pavements, system of house numbering and street carlines, with desirable drives throughout the city (click on the image to view full-size).

Published by the Southern Cycling Association in 1898.

NolaCycle GIS shapefiles, posters, papers, and powerpoints to help you with your bicycle mapping projects

After some digging around, we've recovered the GIS files for the NolaCycle map (current as of April 1, 2010).  I've posted these, and some other documents people might find informative, online at  Graduate students, planner, and bicycle advocates, please feel free to use these documents to help you with your projects.  If anyone is interested in using our data for a commercial project, such as a mobile app, please email me at lauren(at) for special permission, as I would require you to make some donations to local bicycle organizations in exchange. 

We're working on getting some things fixed on the NolaCycle Map site so we can download the database again to use the updated information (though it's not very current either).  If anyone is interested in a login to the NolaCycle map site to do updates in their neighborhood, let us know.

Crowd-sourced bicycle mapping has come a long way since NolaCycle started in 2008.  If you're interested in checking out some cool new projects that harness the power of smartphones, look into Hit the Pothole and CycleTracks.

If you'd like an up-to-date map of official bicycle routes in New Orleans, Bike Easy's Bike Map and Guide to Safe Cycling is available online as a PDF.

Thanks for all your help and support over the years! 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cheapest bike lights

Many people ride in new orleans without bike lights. This is foolish, honestly. As much as i love riding in the darkened streets under the moonlight, it's a good way for cars to hit you.

So i've been thinking about a way to achieve a decent LED bike light that lasts months for very little money, one i could distribute to people you see riding dark.

This is especially nice if you are a parade or ride organizer, and want to distribute lights among your riders / paraders--since the lights are not the kind that last an extremely long time.

The lights.

For some reason, you can buy 10 LED lights from a bargain hong kong distributor for about $16. This is less than the cost of two 2016 batteries that you get in each light. If you wanted to run a cheap battery scam...

cheap bike light with rubber band
a bag of lights, and the finished device on my finger

The rubber band holds the light tight against the frame (or a finger). These particular lights come with a key ring, which makes the task of wrapping the light around the frame easier. but, you could also thread a rubber band through the hole in the light itself.

the mount, here demonstrated on my finger


the light activates with a button or a switch. the switch is what you want to use, naturally.

Here's the internals of the light, showing the 4 screws, and not showing the the 2x2106 button batteries. if you want to re-use the LED, i'm thinking the batteries can be replaced. of course, it's cheaper to buy new, and the most toxic / ecologically costly component of this setup is the batteries.