Central City Protected Bikeway

Simon Bolivar Ave & Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd


Design Attributes

  • One-way semi-protected bike lanes on both sides of Simon Bolivar Avenue between Jackson Avenue and Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard

  • One-way semi-protected bike lanes on both sides of Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard between Simon Bolivar Avenue and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

  • Street parking unaffected


  • Needs a better road surface

  • Safer than before; prefer lanes adjacent to sidewalk

    • More protection!

    • Less confusion

    • Thoughts are flex posts will incur less damage

  • Complete connection


“Cars no longer speed side by side, making the street safer for kids crossing and for cyclists. Keep it.”

“This is the model all protected bike lanes should follow. It allows cars to see cyclists and the lane moves in the same direction as the traffic.”

“This has been particularly helpful for those of us that live Uptown in the Freret, Milan and Central City neighborhoods to safely and quickly travel by bike towards downtown.”

Notes on Central City Protected Bikeway

The poor condition of the two roadways used in this installation was the common thread in the feedback. However, the design was the most notable feature, essentially a traditional bike lane with sparsely placed flex-posts. This approach refrained from altering residents familiar parking spots in front of their homes, while directing automobiles out of the bike lanes. More data is needed to ascertain whether the design was truly successful.