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City of Atlanta Expands Relay Bike Share Program
Posted Date: 4/19/2017 3:00 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
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Anne Torres, Director
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Jewanna Gaither, Deputy Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2017

News Release

City of Atlanta Expands Relay Bike Share Program

ATLANTA– Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the City of Atlanta’s bicycle share program, Relay, has expanded from 100 bikes at 22 stations to 500 bikes at 65 locations throughout the city. The announcement was made during a community event at Piedmont Park, and was followed by a bike ride with Mayor Reed, city officials, business leaders and community members. During the event, Mayor Reed was joined by Department of Planning and Community Development Commissioner Tim Keane, Chief Bicycle Officer Becky Katz, CycleHop Chief Executive Officer Josh Squire, Georgia’s Own Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Preter and Principal Experience Officer Adam Marlowe, and Relay Bike Share Champion and Adair Park resident, Ambar Johnson. Frank Ski of V-103 served as the emcee for the event.

“I am proud to announce the expansion of the bike share program today, and to offer this convenient and affordable transportation option throughout the city,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “My Administration made a commitment to be a top U.S. bicycle city, and today we are being recognized as such. More than 3,000 people have taken 8,000 trips on Relay bicycles since the program launched. Now more than ever, residents and visitors are navigating our wonderful city on bicycles, on foot and using public transit.”

In 2012, Mayor Reed committed to the goal of making bicycling an integral part of daily life for Atlanta residents, workers and visitors by year 2016. Establishing the bike share program last year was an essential step in achieving this goal.

The expansion comes less than a year after launching 100 bikes at 10 stations in Downtown Atlanta. Following user trends and public input, Relay Bike Share expanded in November 2016 from 10 to 22 stations and extended the service area to include Midtown Atlanta.

"The City of Atlanta plans for the bike share program to connect every neighborhood and community in the city," said Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department Planning and Community Development. “This expansion gives Atlanta residents a unique opportunity to see things in their community that they wouldn’t witness otherwise, and the privilege to appreciate the city in a different way.”

In November 2016, Atlanta-based Georgia’s Own Credit Union became a presenting sponsor for the Relay Bike Share program.

"We're thrilled to be the inaugural sponsor of this initiative, and to see how much its grown in just a few short months since its launch last year," said Dave Preter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia’s Own Credit Union. "As a member of the Atlanta community for 83 years, Georgia's Own continues to look for ways to champion projects that benefit those we serve and improve quality of life in the city. The Relay Bike Share embodies those principles and we're excited about our partnership and this program to grow as more and more Atlantans discover it."

The new bike stations include:

Midtown Hubs:
Arts Center MARTA
Georgia’s Own (14th & Juniper)
Piedmont Park West
Outwrite Station
Piedmont Park East
Piedmont Park South
11th & Peachtree
Midtown MARTA North
Tech Square
Argonne & 5th
Greenwood Ave BeltLine
Fourth Ward Park
North Ave MARTA
Bobby Dodd Stadium

Downtown Hubs:
Civic Center MARTA
Peachtree Center MARTA
Little Five Points
Piedmont & Auburn
Jackson St. Bridge

West Atlanta Hubs:
Atlantic Station
14th & Howell Mill
Tech Parkway
Home Park
State & 11th
W. Campus Housing
Piedmont Park West
Central Park
Coca-Cola Campus
Georgia Tech Transit Hub
Clough Commons
Georgia Tech CRC
Gordon-White Park
Westside MARTA
Woodruff Library (AUC)
Historic Westside Village
Spelman College
Castleberry Hill

East Atlanta Hubs:
Virginia-Highland
Atkins Park
Ponce-Highland
Little Five Points
King of Pops
Inman Village
Inman Park
Inman Park MARTA
Highland Ave – Freedom Park Trail
Irwin & Eastside BeltLine
Studioplex
Edgewood Ave & Eastside BeltLine
Randolph & Edgewood
Jackson & Chamberlain
King Memorial MARTA
Cherokee & Woodward
Park & Memorial
Grant Park

The Reed Administration has made significant investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure with a diverse range of partners including the Livable Centers Initiative, Atlanta BeltLine, PATH Foundation, Midtown Alliance, Georgia Tech, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation. During Mayor Reed’s tenure, the City has added 19 miles of new bike lanes, protected bike lanes, and multi-use trails and has an additional 40 miles of facilities in the project development pipeline.

In September 2016, the City of Atlanta was named a “Best Bike Cities” by Bicycle magazine.

Relay is managed by Cycle Hop, LLC, and Social Bicycles, LLC, and operates out of an office in the Historic West End neighborhood. Currently, CycleHop LLC oversees similar programs in eight other cities, including Phoenix, Ariz., Orlando and Tampa, Fla. and Beverly Hills, Calif.

For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov. For more information about Relay Bike Share please visit http://www.relaybikeshare.com/.
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