twintipping_bumps wrote:Thanks anothernancydrew. It looks like about a 4 mile ride, which is doable. Am I right to assume the terrain is pretty much flat? I did read the roads aren't in the best condition. I biked as my primary method of transportation in grad school, though that was only a 1.2 mile ride on a daily basis. I suppose I could drive. My thinking on living in a complex is, with everyone saying how dangerous NO can be, do I really want to live in a small house with a door right on the street if I have to worry about what's going on in the street at night?
Mac, I take it Clairborne is a dangerous area and one I should avoid when thinking of travel routes? What is CBD? Central _?_ District maybe?
I feel like maybe the crime rate has been a little bit overblown. Don't get me wrong, it is an urban area with crime, but not so much so that you couldn't live in a house without fearing for your life.
To give some perspective, I am a small, white girl and I live in a house more or less by myself and I'm really not concerned. In New Orleans, there are some very nice places to live and some very not nice places to live, but oddly, much of the crime stays relatively contained in the not so nice places. Also, some streets go from nice to not nice in a very small area, so I think it is extremely important to visit and check out places in person, even more so than usual.
As for Claiborne Ave, there are parts closer to Tulane that are fairly nice, but nearer the Superdome/Central City area, not so much. Would you get killed? I really doubt it, but it isn't anywhere I'd want to bike on a regular basis, particularly at night. That and Claiborne has a lot of traffic and not really actual bike lanes or anything, so I'm not sure it'd be a pleasant ride. Biking down St. Charles would be way better and probably not that much longer, and just generally safer and more scenic too. That and the street car runs all the way down St. Charles and stops not far from the law school--not sure about using it as your only transport, but it can certainly be convenient at times.