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Happy Valentine’s Day – Relay With Bae

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you planning a sweet date with your bae? We want to show our members appreciation and love by sponsoring your Valentine’s Day Date with a $75 Gift Certificate.

DETAILS

– You pick the location and date activity

Ride a Relay to, from, or during your Valentine’s Day Date with your bae between Feb. 14, 2019 – Feb. 24, 2019.

-Agree to ride Relay Bike Share

We want you to incorporate a Relay Bike Share ride into your Valentine’s Day date. The good thing about Relay is you don’t have to bring it back to our branded hub. You can take one-way trips and lock up at a public bike rack or pole. Get creative! We want to see how Relay fits into your life.

– Agree to document your experience

We love seeing how your roll! Please take and share 2 or more pictures and 1 video on social media highlighting your Relay and Valentine’s Day Date fun.

How to Enter:
1. Follow us on IG @RelayBikeShare
2. Tag your bae and tell us where you will #RelayWithBae on our Instagram post in comments by Feb. 13, 2019, at 5pm EST.

On Feb. 13, 2019, at 6pm we will announce the winner on our Instagram account.

PRIZE:
– The winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate via email
– Free Month Relay Membership
– The chance to be featured in our March blog, social media account.

NEED DATE NIGHT IDEAS?

Just in case you need a little inspiration. The following Valentine events are bike friendly and super close to our stations.

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
City Cycling Classes Feb. 14, 19, and 21, 2019
Have fun on a ride lead by Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Great to help improve your confidence riding on city streets.

https://www.atlantabike.org/classes

Valentines in the Garden
Thursday, 2/14, 7 p.m.
Love blossoms at this Atlanta Botanical Garden evening of dancing, drinks, and live music through the new orchid display. You can even take a piece of the garden home with free long-stemmed roses for guests.
Details

https://atlantabg.org/calendar/valentines-in-the-garden/

 

Atlanta Balloon Glow
Thursday – Sunday, February 14th – 17th | Piedmont Park
Atlanta’s very first Balloon Glow features glowing hot air balloons each night, tethered balloon rides, activities for kids, and the city’s best retailers, vendors, and food! Looking to celebrate with your special Valentine? Couples Balloon Rides offer your very own hot air balloon for a few minutes of alone time with your sweetheart while taking in the Atlanta Skyline.

https://www.facebook.com/events/361830717950013/

 

Skyline Park
Skyline Park is bringing old-timey fun to the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. Perched high above the hustle and bustle of Ponce de Leon Avenue on the top of the magnificently restored Ponce City Market. With breathtaking views and carnival amusement, SkyLine Park is bringing old-timey fun back to the city of Atlanta! Treat your Valentine to delicious food, refreshing libations, and fun for fall ages.

https://www.skylineparkatlanta.com

Tell us where you will #RelayWithBae! by clicking on the post below.

 

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.

Winter Cycling Tips

 

 

Active transportation has been positively linked to mental health. Getting exercise and being outside can do wonders to help heal the winter blues. Studies have found that people tend to gain  7 – 10 pounds during the holiday season. We tend to spend more time indoors and move less during this time of year. Enter Relay….Riding a bike during the winter not only burns calories, it keeps you in a healthy mindset. Riding a bike is healthy, affordable, and low impact exercise. If you need a little encouragement to tackle the cooler temperatures, here are a few of the benefits of cycling in the winter….keep these in mind while you bundle up.

Benefits of Winter Cycling

  • Cycling increases stamina, strength, and aerobic fitness.  Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels, and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.
  • As a mode of transport, cycling helps you combat a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Coasting down Atlanta’s’ hills is exciting and fun.
  • Additional health benefits of regular cycling include: Improved joint mobility, decreased stress levels, improved posture and coordination, strengthened bones, decreased body fat levels, prevention or management of disease and reduced anxiety and depression.

 

Proper motivation goes a long way. Below are a few Winter riding tips you can utilize to create positive memories on two wheels this season.

Winter Riding Tips

  1. Layer Up

To stay warm during a winter ride, think in terms of your head, hands, feet, and torso. Most of your body heat escapes through your head, so using a balaclava under your helmet will help keep you warm.  Remember to wear layers you can remove as you warm up.  Wool is always a great option.

  1. Ride with a Group of Friends

When it’s cold outside, we recommend riding with friends.  You’ll be smiling and laughing too much to notice the nip in the air.  Also, the sun sets earlier and there’s safety in numbers. Create memories and have great conversation while shielding each other from the wind!

  1. Be Bright

Relay Bikes have front and rear lights that automatically run when you’re riding, so no need to remember your lights. We do recommend wearing brightly colored clothing which will significantly boost your visibility.

Thanks for riding Relay Bike Share. When you’re on your Winter ride please tag us in your adventure, #RelayATL.

 

Atlanta United FC, Coming for the Cup!

 

 

 

Congratulations, Atlanta United FC on winning the MLS Eastern Conference Championship!!!

Atlanta has advanced to the finals and will host Portland at the Mercedes- Benz Stadium in the 23rd edition of the MLS Cup.

2018 MLS Cup: Atlanta United vs. Portland Timbers

December 8, 2018

Mercedes Benz Stadium

8PM ET

 

You can skip traffic and parking fees on Match Day by biking to the Mercedes- Benz Stadium.

You can lock your Relay Bike at the Bike Valet for free. The Bike Valet is located in front of Gate #3 on Georgia International Plaza, across from the giant Falcons sculpture.

At the beginning of the season, we announced our partnership with Atlanta United FC. We released 17 Atlanta United FC Unicorn Bikes into the wild at the Atlanta Moonride on June 9, 2018. The fees generated by the 17 bikes, up to $2,000/month will be matched by the Atlanta United Foundation and donated to the Metro YMCA Soccer Program.

Check out the details in this blog post. >>>>http://relaybikeshare.com/ride-the-stripes-atlanta-united-fc-relay-bike-share/

 

Give the Gift of Relay BIke Share this Holiday Season

 

 

 

 

Give the gift of 500+ bikes and 75+ stations around Atlanta, Ga for the holidays.  You can encourage friends and family to cycle into a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for 2019.

This holiday season spread the bike love and positivity by sending your friends a Relay Bike Share referral gift.  By sending a referral, you can earn $7.50 in credit for yourself and a friend/loved one. Each Relay Bike Share member can send up to 10 invitations.

How do I participate?

Sign in to your account at https://app.socialbicycles.com/gifts. You can copy the link to your clipboard and send it to a friend or post it on a social media account. When a friend clicks on this link it will take them directly to a sign-up page with the bonus code applied. They will be asked to enter the promo code before clicking ‘check’ to authorize. You can also use our handy share buttons, which will do the work for you.

When will I get my reward?

Once your friend has signed up for a new account and complete a Relay Bikes Share ride, the $7.50 credit will be automatically applied to both accounts.

 

Creating Memories On Two Wheels

 

 

As President John F. Kennedy once said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride!”

Will you have visitors in town for the upcoming holiday season? As we all know, Atlanta is a beautiful city filled with lots of fun events and endless adventure. Grabbing a Relay Bike is a fun activity that you can do with your family during the holiday season to enjoy everything our city has to offer.
Riding a bicycle is a healthy, affordable, and sustainable way to get around.  A casual bike ride will allow you to spend quality time with your friends and family, all while offering a memorable experience.

After all the food and football games, let’s get the blood moving! We’ve put together a few two-wheeled activities we think are perfect for the holidays.

With Relay Bike Share you have options and flexibility. You can lock your Relay Bike Share to any public bike rack or pole in our system area. Discover how to lock up correctly in this blog post.>>> Relay Bike Share Locking Etiquette. http://relaybikeshare.com/relay-bike-share-locking-etiquette/

One-way trips are OK with us! If you don’t want to bike home, you can utilize MARTA or a ride-sharing service….just please make sure your bike is locked up and not blocking ADA access.

Renting Multiple Relay Bikes Tips

Did you know you can use one SoBi account to rent up to 4 Relay Bikes at the same time? If you decide to rent multiple bikes, the first bike will utilize your plan minutes and the additional bikes 2, 3, and 4 will be billed at our standard rate of $0.15 per minute.

  • You can rent the additional bikes through the keypad on the back of the Relay bike.  Just use your account number and PIN.
  • The Relay account holder is responsible for any bikes rented under their account number.
  • Any additional riders should be 16 years of age or older.  Riders under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  

Now that you are ready to roll out with your holiday visitors, visit this post for upcoming bike-friendly events around the town!

Bike Friendly Holiday Events

 

Bike Friendly Holiday Events

 

 

We’ve pulled together a few bike-friendly events happening around the city this holiday season. Riding a Relay bike can help you create lasting memories, skip traffic, and avoid expensive parking fees.

You can view hubs, bike availability, and plan your adventure four ways.  By:

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Ride Relay Bike Share to the light show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Our closest hub:

– Piedmont Park West

You can purchase tickets and get details here >>>> https://atlantabg.org/plan-your-visit/atlanta-garden-calendar/garden-lights-holiday-nights/

 

The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Celebrate game day with a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Ride in early on Saturdays to tailgate with other college football fans and check out the fanfare.

Our closest hubs:

– Centennial Olympic Park

– Nelson Bridge St

– Castleberry Hill

Discover upcoming events here >>>> https://www.cfbhall.com

 

Monday Night Brewing – Garage

Every Wednesday

Roll along the Westside Beltline to Monday Night Brewing – Garage. Enjoy $4 pints of core and seasonal beer every Wednesday!

Our closest hubs:

  • Gordon White Park
  • West End Station

Check their event calendar here. >>> https://mondaynightbrewing.com/calendar/

Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery

December 1, 2018

Check out a free seasonal celebration that features holiday activities for the whole family.  Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetary will have holiday artist market, wreath sales, and Santa.

Our closet hubs:

  • Park & Memorial
  • Cherokee & Woodward

Check out the event details here.>>> https://oaklandcemetery.com/event/victorian-holiday/

Relay Bike Share by Mail

 

Bike share is all about accessibility! Steven Cousins, our Inclusion Program Manager has been working hard to provide unbanked community members with access to Relay Bike Share. The Inclusion Program Manager position was established in collaboration with the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to create equity and reduce barriers to access for this fantastic alternate mode of transportation.

We are proud to announce that Relay Bike Share is now available through the mail.
This is a good option for those who prefer not to use a credit or debit card.

To rent Relay bikes by mail, send the following information to:
Relay by Mail
P. O. Box 10774
Atlanta, GA 30310

A Money Order made out to CycleHop, LLC for the membership plan and amount that you choose:
$16.34 for Monthly Plan ($15/month + $1.34 tax), OR $5.45 for SNAP EBT Plan ($5/month + 0.45 tax)


 

 

Include your name, phone number, e-mail address, residence/work address (so that we can mail the RFID access card to you). When Relay receives your money order in the mail, Relay will immediately send you an e-mail containing your Account Number and Personal Identification Number (PIN), which will allow you to check-out a bike right away.

You can purchase a Money Order from the following:

  • Walmart for $0.70
  • CVS for $0.99
  • Post Office for $1.20

Thank you for riding and supporting Relay Bike Share! #RelayATL