The Blue Bikes rental program that has taken off across New Orleans over the past two years is getting a big upgrade.
According to city and bike company officials, starting next year, the 700 powder-blue pedal bicycles in the city's bike-share program will be replaced with electric-assisted bicycles that can reach speeds of 20 mph.
The motorized bicycles, which have been rolled out in other bike-share programs across the country, will be available at the network of 70 stations across the Central Business District, French Quarter, Mid-City, Garden District and other neighborhoods where pedal bicycles are currently available.
They will also go into neighborhoods that until now have not been part of the program, such as Algiers, Central City and Uptown.
The move is in line with previously announced plans to expand the program to 90 bike hubs and 900 bicycles.
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