New Orleans has always been a place of travel by many means: boats, horse carriages, trains, streetcars, automobiles, and yes, the bicycle. According to the American Community Survey, New Orleans has the 10th highest percentage of people who cycle to work each day and in 2016 was named No. 19 out of 50 of the best bicycling cities in America by Bicycling.com. So it’s no surprise that this city, steeped in tradition, has developed a culture of its own around biking.
Marin Tockman, shop owner of Dashing Bicycles & Accessories, is enthusiastic about the development around bicycling over the years. Her mission, and that of Dashing Bicycles, is to foster and empower women and families to be part of an active and mainstream bicycle network.
“I think cycling has increased amongst millennials and commuters. We have a growing social riding scene, so although many people might not commute to work by bike, they are taking to biking because of more social riding opportunities, or ways to get to social events like our festivals or parades,” she said.