The Most Scooter-ific Street in New Orleans
Fairy tales come true, they can happen to you on on Esplanade Avenue. This is a street where good dreams come true.
Esplanade Avenue is very smooth. This wasn't always the case. Until about 4 years ago, Esplanade Avenue had four lanes of traffic and a narrow parking lane. The pavement was potholed and pockmarked and lumpy and bumpy. There was no joy in taking a motor scooter or bicycle trip down Esplanade Avenue. That all changed when the city decided to repave the street. It's very different now.
Nowadays, Esplanade Avenue only has two lanes of car traffic, one in each direction, and each side of the street has a bicycle lane lakeside of Claiborne Avenue (it's a shared lane riverside of Claiborne). The pavement is smooth as pudding. What's nice for bicycles is even nicer for motor scooters. Among vesparadoes, Esplanade is considered the ideal street for zipping from the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street to City Park. That wasn't always the case though this has always been the most direct route.
Two wheels will set you free.
The two lanes of Esplanade Avenue are separated what we call the neutral ground in New Orleans. That's the strip of grass in the middle of the street.
Esplanade Avenue is a picturesque street and, though it is only three miles long, it threads through a number of interesting neighborhoods. There are an infinite number of charming urban vistas along Esplanade Avenue. New Orleanians don't call Esplanade the "Creole St. Charles Avenue" for nothing. It's a beautiful street.
Without any hurdles or dangerous spots, Esplanade Avenue is the perfect street to take a short motor scooter jaunt. Just ask this guy who we ran into in Faubourg St. John. He knows:
You'll meet all sorts of people on Esplanade Avenue, all of them friendly, all of them happy to live be in New Orleans, all of them happy to be alive. Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about. Fairy tales can come true on Esplanade Avenue. It can happen to you.