Ride with us for a four hour tour through the legendary Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
We’ll see the sights, eat the food and meet the people that make this the vibrant community that was talked about so much in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Fats Domino, born and raised in the Lower Nine, chose to never leave this neighborhood, despite his riches and fame. We hope after this tour, you’ll understand why.
This is not “Disaster Tourism”, designed to leave you in awe of the devastation; it is a tour meant to show you the strength of the residents and leave you impressed by their perseverance.
Our bicycle tours are designed to not only bring you to the Lower Ninth Ward but to help you help them… not through charity, but by bringing you to the places where your money will be well spent. You will meet the local legend Ronald Lewis at his backyard museum, the House of Dance and Feathers, where he will regale you with stories of social clubs, second line parades and Mardi Gras Indians. You’ll stop for a Po’ Boy at a neighborhood shop and eat classic New Orleans food like fried shrimp and smoked sausage. You’ll sit upon a floodwall overlooking Bayou Bienvenu to learn about the importance of Louisiana wetlands. A stop at Fats Domino’s house for tales of legendary R&B stars is another highlight of what we hope will be one of your more memorable days here in New Orleans. Each tour is different, depending on what your interests are and who we might run into on the ride. Once they get rolling, the tours often run well longer than the scheduled 4 hours, so let Derek know if you are on a tight schedule and need to back on time.
This is an intermediate bicycle tour. There are a couple of minor obstacles along the way, like the St Claude bridge that takes us into the Lower Ninth, but overall the terrain is flat, easy and spaced with plenty of breaks to hear the stories of the area–however you should at least be comfortable on a bike to enjoy this ride.
New Orleans Rebirth Bike Tours will donate $5 from every tour to local charities listed on our charities page to help the economy of the neighborhood reach it’s potential. We are currently working on bringing a swingset into the neighborhood.
Admission to the House of Dance and Feathers by donation (a few dollars is the suggestion, and totally optional) but your contributions to the local economy go a long way towards revitalizing the Lower Nine the right way. There is a lunch stop if you wish that is not included in the price (local poboys $7, not vegetarian and no lunch stop on Sunday as every place is closed). Feel free to ask anything we have not covered.
Join us for a ride you won’t soon forget.
The tours usually leave at 9:30 AM depending on the day and cost $65. That price includes the bikes, a basket, water, and a guide who is never happier than when leading these tours.
Group and student tours are available and we can help customize them to whatever you wish them to be.