The Portage Bike Roll 2018, created in conjunction with The Historic New Orleans Collection’s exhibition Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation, explores the art and architecture found along the ancient portage route that once connected the Mississippi River to Bayou St. John and, by extension, Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico. Situated on a natural ridge, this footpath had been used for trade by Native Americans for centuries, and prompted the French to establish New Orleans in 1718 where the French Quarter is today. Esplanade Avenue, running from the river to Bayou St. John, traverses part of this ridge and is the primary thoroughfare of the bike roll. Guided bike tours will be held May 9—June 3. This tour is free due to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.
Reservations are required and participants must be 16+ years old.