Atlanta is a great place to ride a bike. Whether you’ve been cycling for years or this is your first time on a bike since elementary school, following these steps will make your Relay Bike Share experience even better.
Before you ride do a pre-ride check. Relay Bike Share crews regularly check each bike to make sure it is ready to ride, but you should always give the bike a look over before taking off. If you find any issues with the bike, please report it broken and select a different bike. You can report the bike broken via your app, the keypad, or on the desktop. You can learn how to report a bike here.
Check the following before you ride:
Seat Height – The Relay Bike seat is easily adjustable. Adjust the seat height and make sure the seat-post is tightened by using the quick-release lever. Raise or lower the seat to your preferred height and re-tighten the clamp. Make sure the clamp is tight so it does not sink. Typically a seat is at the right height when you can almost fully straighten your legs when pedaling.
Relay Bikes have prominent size guides on the seat post so you can easily remember your desired height. The seat and saddle are non-removable, and always faces straight ahead to prevent rotating off-center as you adjust the bike to your height.
Air – Check the tires for air by pressing the tire with your fingers and making sure there is adequate air pressure. Also check the tire visual for any damage.
Brakes – Check the brakes by pressing on the brake levers and making sure the bicycle is held in place when rocking back and forth.
If you find any issues with the bike, please report it broken and select a different bike. You can report the bike broken via your app, the keypad and on the desktop. You can learn how to report a bike here.
Plan your route
Atlanta has plenty of options for riding depending on your comfort level, from trails and paths to bike lanes and shared traffic lanes. Knowing the best route to take ahead of time often makes a bicycle trip easier. You can look up route ideas in several ways:
Use the Social Bicycles app on your smart phone.
Google Maps allows you to select a bicycle as your means of transportation and gives you the best route and elevation.
During your ride
A bicycle is a vehicle, follow and obey all traffic lights and signs.
Every lane is a bike lane, people on bikes may use a whole lane.
Minimize riding on the sidewalk. Always yield to pedestrians.
Always ride in the same direction of traffic.
Watch for open car doors and right turning cars. Avoid the “door zone.” Give clearance to parked cars.
Give extra clearance to buses and trucks. They have large blind spots and may not see you. Watch for buses pulling in and away from the curb.
People under 18 are required to wear one by law.
Ride with a friend, it’s fun and there is safety in numbers.
Ride predictably, don’t weave in and out of traffic ride straight and use hand signals.
Only one person per bike!
Pay Attention and Communicate
Always yield to pedestrians.
Never ride with headphones; it’s important to hear what’s going on around you.
Make eye contact with drivers and pedestrians before passing.
When riding on the Beltline always pass on the left. Use your bell or say “on your left” to let pedestrians and riders know you’re passing.
Ending Your Ride
When returning your Relay Bike to a hub, make sure it is securely locked.The screen will beep red if it is not locked correctly.
You can check the data from your trip in your Social Bicycle app.