Atlanta’s public bike share program is more than doubling, with 12 new stations planned for Midtown and Downtown by the end of the year.
After the Downtown and Midtown expansion is complete, the city plans to add stations on the Westside next, according to a news release from the city.
The program, called Relay, launched in June 2016 and currently offers 100 bikes which are available at ten stations in downtown Atlanta. It is operated by CycleHop.
“Launching the next phase of bike stations is exciting news, and signifies that the City of Atlanta and our partners are committed to making cycling an integral part of Atlanta’s transportation system,” said Mayor Kasim Reed in a news release. “The Relay program will offer 500 bikes at more than 50 stations citywide, and allow for first-and-last-mile connectivity from MARTA stations and business and shopping districts.”
The city and partners in the program determined the new bike stations locations after gathering public input and consulting with cycling and community organizations. Once those stations are installed, they will work to incorporate Relay stations in the Westside.
Four years ago, Reed pledged to making bicycling an integral part of daily life for Atlanta residents, workers and visitors by 2016.
For the first time, Atlanta was recently named a best bike city in the United States by Bicycle magazine.
The city has developed more than 30 miles of bike lanes. Last year, it hired Becky Katz as its chief bicycle officer.
The bike share program is one of the latest efforts. Since it launched in June, more than 1,400 Atlanta residents and visitors have conducted more than 4,000 bike share trips and ridden an average of 92,000 miles.
In October, the city partnered with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Red, Bike and Green, WeCycle and Urban Perform to implemented the Bike Share Champion program.
The program hired 10 Bike Share Champions to serve as advocates for biking and the Relay bike share program in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods. The Champions are residents of Westside Atlanta neighborhoods and will help the City of Atlanta plan for the next phase of bike stations.
The new bike stations are located at:
- Piedmont Avenue and Auburn Avenue Station in Downtown Atlanta
- Marietta Street and Forsyth Street Station in Downtown Atlanta
- Centennial Olympic Park at Park Avenue Station in Downtown Atlanta
- Peachtree Center Avenue and International Boulevard Station in Downtown Atlanta
- Civic Center MARTA Station in Downtown Atlanta
- North Avenue MARTA Station in Downtown Atlanta
- Bobby Dobb Station in Midtown Atlanta
- Tech Square Station in Midtown Atlanta
- Midtown MARTA Station in Midtown Atlanta
- 10th Street and Myrtle Street Station in Midtown Atlanta
- 11th Street and Crescent Avenue Station in Midtown Atlanta
- Piedmont Park at 14th Street Station in Midtown Atlanta