Ever want to bike through City Park on the weekend but didn't bring a bicycle? Joy Ride Bike Rentals (982-1617; www.joyridebikerentals.com) operates a stand in the park that's open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Owner Erica Normand opened the stand next to the boat rentals on City Park's Big Lake beside the New Orleans Museum of Art. Rentals cost $8 an hour, which includes a one-speed bike, helmet and lock. Bikes are available in men's or women's styles, different sizes and are made by Carmel's Globe. For families who want to bike together, child-size bikes and trailers for babies also are available.
There are numerous bike trails crisscrossing the park (one goes right past the rental stand). Normand recommends the 4-mile path that runs toward the Pan-American Stadium, along Wisner Boulevard down to Robert E. Lee Boulevard as an exceptionally smooth and shady ride. Other trails provide views of the Equest Farm horse stables, Couturie Forest and Arboretum, the City Bark dog park and more.
Joy Ride also offers daily, three-day and weekly bike rentals and will deliver anywhere within the greater New Orleans area. — Jennifer Kilbourne