Photo by Isadora Pennington
Photo by Isadora Pennington

The city’s Relay public bicycle share program will have 12 new stations by the end of the year, including locations in Downtown and Midtown. Launched in June, the bike share program, operated by CycleHop, currently offers 100 bikes which are available at 10 stations in Downtown.

“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 media statement. “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 new bike stations include:

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

The City of Atlanta and partners determined the new bike stations locations after gathering public input and consulting with cycling and community organizations. Once the stations are installed, the City of Atlanta will work to incorporate Relay stations in the Westside of Atlanta.

“We are pleased to open the new bike stations in Downtown and Midtown Atlanta by the end of the year,” said Becky Katz, Chief Bicycle Officer for the City of Atlanta. “It is our goal to ensure that every community in the City of Atlanta can access this fantastic transportation option and I’m excited to work with the Bike Share Champions and local community members to site stations and remove barriers to using the system.”

This month, the City of Atlanta in partnership with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Red, Bike and Green, WeCycle and Urban Perform 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.

Relay offers multiple plans and rental options, making it a convenient choice for people commuting, shopping or visiting any of Atlanta’s neighborhoods or world-class attractions. Since the launch of the bike share program 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.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.