The Atlanta bike share program just launched in June, but it is already expanding thanks to high demand and voters who increased funding for the project through a referendum on their ballots in November.
The Relay Bike Share Program, which began this summer with only 100 bicycles at ten downtown stations, plans to have as many as 500 bikes available for rent in Atlanta by the end of the year.
Where are the new stations?
Cyclehop, which operates the Atlanta bike share program, gave users an opportunity to nominate locations for potential stations this summer, and recently added plans for a number of these stations to the ten original stations. Cyclehop said there could be as many as 70 places to rent bikes in and around Five Points, Downtown, and Midtown by early 2017.
According to WABE.org, you will see the new stations at:
- Piedmont and Auburn
- Marietta and Forsyth
- Centennial Olympic Park at Park Avenue
- Peachtree Center Avenue and International Boulevard
- Civic Center MARTA Station
- North Avenue MARTA Station
- Midtown MARTA Station
- Bobby Dodd Stadium
- Technology Square
- 10th and Myrtle
- 11th and Crescent
- Piedmont Park at 14th Street
The original ten Relay Bike Share stations are at:
- Hardy Ivy Park
- Woodruff Park
- Underground Atlanta
- Georgia State University Arts & Humanities Building
- Sweet Auburn Market
- Nelson Street Bridge
- Broad and Mitchell
- M. Rich Center for Creative Arts, Media and Technology
- Georgia State University Petit Science Center
- City Hall
How does the new special-purpose local-option sales tax benefit the bike share?
Atlanta residents voted on November 8 to approve a special-purpose local-option sales tax designed to fund transportation improvements. Referred to as T-SPLOST, this tax will give the Relay program $3 million in funding over the next five years. This will allow the program to double the number of bikes available to 1,000, as well as add a number of electric bikes to the fleet.
What is the purpose of the Atlanta bike share program?
Atlanta has some of the worst traffic in the nation, but it is not just I-75, I-85 and I-285 that are overrun with traffic. Atlanta’s surface streets also battle congestion issues as millions of visitors, commuters, and “inside the perimeter” residents navigate the city.
By being able to rent a bike at one station and ride it to another, these people can commute to work, run errands, and connect with MARTA without ever getting in a car, calling a rideshare, or hailing a cab.
Paired with improvements to the streetcar service and other public transportation options, supporters believe the Relay bike share program can help reduce traffic and provide an environmentally friendly way to get around Atlanta.