Relay Bike Share 2018 Year In Review

 

 

 

Thank you Relay riders and supporters for a fantastic first year fully launched with 500 bikes!  Together, Relay’s 46,000 members traveled over 225,500 miles…that’s enough to get us around the Earth about 3.5 times! All those miles equated to 198,891 lbs in carbon reduction.  Relay riders have played a huge role in reducing the number of cars on the road and the amount of emissions in the air. You’re all helping make Atlanta a more bikeable city.

Our top stations for 2018 were:

 

PIEDMONT PARK & EASTSIDE BELTLINE: 15966 rides

IRWIN & EASTSIDE BELTLINE: 12496 rides

HISTORIC FOURTH WARD PARK:  9274 rides

GREENWOOD AVE BELTLINE:  8554 rides

PIEDMONT PARK WEST:  7620 rides

PIEDMONT PARK EAST:  5877 rides

KING OF POPS:  5426 rides

OUTWRIGHT STATION:  4713 rides

TECH SQUARE:  3496 rides

GEORGIA TECH – CLOUGH BUILDING:  3496 rides

MARTA – MIDTOWN  (NORTH): 2836 rides

Our top stations indicate that riders prefer to bike in well-protected areas like the BeltLine, Piedmont Park, and Georgia Tech…we’re hoping our data will be used to advocate for expanded infrastructure in a way that supports cycling for all comfort levels.

In addition to our awesome riders, we would also like to thank some of our key partners.  Georgia’s Own has been a major player in making Relay a reality, we thank you for your continued support!

Shout out to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for involving Relay in programming throughout the year.  From City Cycling to Atlanta Streets Alive, we love being a part of the ABC fun.

Finally, thank you to our hometown all-stars Atlanta United.  This year, Relay released 17 unicorn bikes into the wild for the Ride the Stripes campaign which aimed to raise matching funds for local charities.  We have had such a blast watching the red, black, and bold bikes roll around town.

There are so many others involved in making Relay a success, we so appreciate all of our community partners.

2018 was one for the books, but we are looking forward to another exciting year on two wheels.  We are hard at work cooking up some pretty big plans, so keep your eyes out for some exciting news coming this spring!

See you all out there on two wheels!

~ Julie Wells, General Manager

 

Relay Bike Share 2018 Year In Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you go on your next ride tag us on social media. We love seeing your Relay Bike Share adventures. #RelayATL!

 

Jonathan Mann – Relay Bike Share Field Technician

 

 

 

 

Allow us to introduce you to Jonathan Mann! He is a field technician who currently works behind the scenes to help keep Relay Bike Share rolling.  He’s a rock star.

Can you explain your role as a field technician?

Jonathan Mann: As a field technician, I ride around the city making sure our bikes are working well by changing the batteries and performing light maintenance. It’s important for the bikes to be in high traffic areas and in places people can use them efficiently.

Why work with bikes?

Jonathan Mann: I love my job because I love bikes! I love to be outside all day, I love riding and I really enjoy the people I meet every day -cyclists, visitors, people who use Relay bikes and people who are just curious about them.

What did you do before becoming a field technician?

Jonathan Mann: I was a career journalist and spent three decades as a foreign correspondent and then anchor for CNN. I loved traveling the world, reporting from exotic and exciting places. But I never got a chance to really dig deep into Atlanta the way I do now, getting to know so many places and neighborhoods. It’s such a fun, fascinating city.

Did you bike while working as a journalist?

Jonathan Mann: I used to ride a lot when I was at CNN. I gave up owning a car. I was a full-time cyclist even when I was on the air, riding to work each day. It was a great and lucky lifestyle! With my position as a field technician, I ride even more now, though, so I’m even luckier.

You ride a giant cargo bike around Atlanta?! Please share the details.

 

Jonathan Mann: I ride a Yuba Spicy Curry, a pedal-assist E-bike with a trailer attached. It allows me to moves bikes around the city. It’s a bit of a beast!  We’ve never weighed it… but I’d guess that fully loaded with three Relay bikes attached, the trailer must weigh at least 180 pounds!! Without the love I get from the motor, I’d never manage to coast up the hills in Atlanta. I still get quite a workout. During the day, I have to make sure I save enough battery power to get me through my whole shift. I alternate between utilizing the E assist or doing most of the work old-school, with my legs.

Thoughts on bike share in Atlanta?

Jonathan Mann: Atlanta is a natural place for Relay because the weather is perfect for cycling so much of the year. The public transit is also stretched super thin for people without cars. I love Atlanta but, imagine how much greater the city would be with more bikes and other transit options. Cycling is not only fun for kids, but it’s also great for adults… and it’s fabulous for cities.

What would you like to share with Atlantans?

Jonathan Mann: If you don’t ride a Relay bike regularly (and I mean regularly), you should! If you’re riding Relay already, ride more! Cycling has long been the way I’ve gone to the grocery store, the post office, and the shopping mall. Bikes aren’t just fun, they are a great way to turn errands into a healthy outdoor exercise that opens the city before your eyes… and they turn city streets into active livable spaces.
Also, If you’re riding a Relay bike, be nice to it! It just wants you to take it places…leave it clean, secure, and locked-up nicely so you or someone else can ride it again soon. The happier our bikes are, the happier I am.

Relay Free to Super Bowl LIII

 

 

Super Bowl Llll is going down at the Mercedes- Benz Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019! The city will be moving and shaking with Super Bowl activities throughout the 10 day Super Bowl Experience. During this time, Atlanta will be expecting more than a million visitors. That means more traffic and longer commute times. Without a doubt, a Relay bike will be your best option for moving around downtown Atlanta.

We recommend planning ahead and allowing extra travel time due to the special event road closures and detours. To prepare, the City of Atlanta will start the road closures on January 21, 2019, and open them back up on February 8, 2019. The Super Bowl LIII Host Committee released a map with details of the road closures and dates here >>> https://atlsuperbowl53.com/roadclosures/

You can navigate the crowds and skip the traffic during the Super Bowl Experience on two wheels by utilizing Relay! We even set up a special offer and promo code just to make it a guaranteed “W”.

Use promo code: RelaySB53 during January 21, 2019 – February 8, 2019, for a $10 Relay Bike Share credit.   This credit will work for new and existing members.

RELAY FREE TO SUPER BOWL LIII

Relay Free to Super Bowl 53!!! Starting February 2, 2019 – February 3, 2019, you can bike for free. Don’t worry about parking fees and or bumper to bumper traffic. But remember, even on a bike, you’re still considered a vehicle.
You can cut out one even more of the craziness by combining MARTA and Relay Bike Share, we have bikes available at all in-town MARTA station.   You can get super close to downtown restaurants and activities without wasting your time and money.

Tips for Utilizing Alternative Forms of Transportation Like a Pro

You can utilize alternative forms of transportation like a pro by grabbing a Relay Bike from a nearby MARTA station.
MARTA will offer expanded schedules and increase the frequency surrounding Super Bowl week. MARTA started selling commemorative Super Bowl Breeze cards on January 7, 2019. Follow this link to get details on the MARTA operations during Super Bowl LIII. >>> https://www.itsmarta.com/super-bowl.aspx

And remember…you can even link your commemorative Breeze card with your Relay account to make renting a bike super fast.

MARTA Stations with Relay Bike Share hubs:

West End
Garnett
Five Points
Peachtree Center
Civic Center
North Avenue
Midtown
Arts Center, Georgia State
King Memorial
Inman Park
Candler Park

Sign Up for Relay Bike Share by downloading Social Bicycles App
Use promo code: RelaySB53 you will get a $10 credit toward your Social Bicycles account
After you finish setting up your account. Members can find A Relay Bike or nearby hub closet to your location by opening the Social Bicycles app.

Membership Options

Local Passes:
Monthly Recurring Pass: $10.00 per month – with an annual commitment, includes 90 minutes of riding time per day.
Month to Month Pass: $15.00 per month – no annual commitment, includes 90 minutes of riding time per day.

Visitor Passes:
Pay As You Go: $3.50 for 30 minutes and $0.15 per minute after

Relay Bike Share Utilizes “Smart Bike” Technology

With smart bike technology, each Relay bike communicates with the server. Technology means that Relay is a flexible system that allows a bike to be parked in and out of stations. No need to stress about where stations are, just use the SoBi app to locate a bike….when you’re finished riding, you can lock up at any bike rack or public pole surrounding the Super Bowl LIII events.

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 options with the Social Bicycles or Google Maps app on your smartphone.
Google Maps allows you to select a train and bicycle as your means of transportation and gives you the best route and elevation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need help planning a route or have questions please reach out. We would love to help you experience Super Bowl LIII on two wheels.