Motorcycles on Tchoupitoulas

Yesterday’s bike accident, courtesy of the St. Charles streetcar and rain, meant that I had to do some bicycle repair today.  I managed to bend back my rear rim but needed N.’s allen wrench to get my handlebars back in shape.  So I took halftime of the Saints game to ride over to her place.  I took Tchoupitoulas, a street that is surprisingly bike-friendly, with its wide lanes and relatively rare potholes.  On my way back home, repairs accomplished, I waited at the corner for
these many motorcycles to zoom by.  I had plenty of time to grab my camera, turn it on, and train it on the columns of bikes.  The other bikes.  They are noisy and fast and I often wish I had one, though that would defeat the pleasure of moving wheels under my own power, one of my favorite parts of bike riding.  While I waited I thought about the many purposes of Tchoup, a street that follows the Mississippi.  Behind those buildings and parking lots are boats and ships traveling up and down the river, trains moving cargo and the trucks that drop that cargo off, and even the occasional cruise ship.  The street hosts cars, buses, motorcycles and the rare cyclist.  There’s a lot of transportation here and a lot of trust that we’re all following the rules of our respective roads.  It’s kind of a miracle, the way that faith most often proves itself well held.

5 thoughts on “Motorcycles on Tchoupitoulas

  1. Kate, do you know if it is possible to ride on the levess in New Orleans. I heard that you can. I live on the Mississippi coast and visit N.O. on occassion and I would love to try that.

    BTW, I found your blog on a Google search on riding levees and I enjoyed reading your entries.

    During my visit this weekend I was surprised how few folks ride in your city. I was also amazed how few of those riders wear helmets!

    I was in N.O. for the Sonny Landreth concert. Fantastic!

  2. Saith David: “During my visit this weekend I was surprised how few folks ride in your city. I was also amazed how few of those riders wear helmets!”

    Funny, but my last visit to NO (November 2007), I was pleased by the LARGE numbers of cyclists I saw in town (along St. Charles, Downtown, and near the Quarter), and by their lack helmets. Civilized, was my impression.

    Saith Kate: “There’s a lot of transportation here and a lot of trust that we’re all following the rules of our respective roads. It’s kind of a miracle, the way that faith most often proves itself well held.”

    And therein lies the key to successful vehicular cycling (among other things… like world peace).

    Give my regards to the good folk at Wallingford’s.

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