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‘Get Up N Ride’ through the streets of New Orleans with Bike Rite

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(All photos courtesy of Ashley Lorraine)
You may have seen them. Perhaps you were sitting at red light or just chilling on your front porch when they came moseying down the street. Music playing, maybe a daiquiri in hand, glowing bikes, and New Orleans people out enjoying their neighborhoods from a different point of view.
If you’ve ever wondered what’s with the seemingly random bicyclists with the tricked out bikes on a Tuesday or maybe a Saturday, then that would be the riders of Bike Rite, New Orleans’ largest social bike ride.
Founded by New Orleans natives and St. Aug. and Xavier University graduates in 2015, Nick Reed and Blake Owens, Bike Rite offers both social and personalized bike tours throughout New Orleans with their motto of just #getupnride.

“Bike Rite is the largest social bike ride in New Orleans,” explained Nick. “We average about 200 riders weekly and have had rides with 600+ plus riders. Bike tours are our specialty. No matter the size or group type, we make sure a dope experience is to be had.”
Blake added, “Our social ride is significant for the city because it brings people together of all ages, races, backgrounds, etc. all for the love of bikes. In the two years that our weekly social ride has been going on, we haven’t had any violent incidents, which is quite different from the stereotype of New Orleans being too dangerous. All of these ‘strangers’ get together for the ride and whereas they might walk past each other in the streets, they become friends and look forward to riding together again.”

Nick continued, “It’s like being thirteen again riding your bike to the park, only now, you get to see the bright city lights and perhaps have a daiquiri while you’re riding. And what do we remember about being thirteen? We didn’t have a care in the world, so it’s very therapeutic biking with us.”
Although more and more bike lanes are popping up throughout the city, safety is still a concern for many. “We are trying do our part in showing people how to ride safely and we feel that people are really starting to understand biking and driving near bikers,” said Nick. “Of course, it’s not perfect, but we often hear people say that they’ve changed their mind about bikers since riding with our social ride.”

“Stay to the right!” noted Blake. “New Orleans is becoming a big bike city and with that comes more bike lanes and more people driving who also ride bikes. Hopefully, that translates into drivers being more patient and understanding of the riders.”
In addition to the weekly social rides, Bike Rite also hosts a bimonthly ‘yoga ride.’ “The yoga ride is something new where we focus on fitness and health,” Blake said. “We do an early Saturday morning ride to Magnolia Yoga Studio, where we do yoga for an hour and then head out to ride again. The class is suitable for all yogis, regardless of experience. The main focus is to introduce yoga to our riders, who in most cases are unfamiliar with it. After class, we stop at a healthy food spot on the way back.”

Now, many of you may say, “But I don’t have a bike…” No worries because Bike Rite offers rentals for those of you who don’t own your own bike.
Nick concluded, “Everything is an experience. We have people from out of town that ride with us because they hear it’s the thing to do. We make sure that you see the city in a way where our culture is on full display. We want you to walk away wanting more of New Orleans.”
Ride as much or as little or as long or as short as you feel. But ride!
For more information about Bike Right, visit the website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Last modified on Friday, 08 September 2017
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