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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

Relay in October – Upcoming Events

 
 

 

 

It’s October and that means it’s time for the Atlanta Bike Challenge, also known as Biketober. The Atlanta Bike Challenge encourages more people to try riding a bike. The challenge is set up for both new and experienced riders.  If the lure of the wind in your hair isn’t enough, by registering for the challenge you will have the opportunity to win cool prizes.

Use this link to sign up and start logging your miles >>>>

More info here: https://www.lovetoride.net/atlanta/teams/9461?ic=afa83122&locale=en-US&team_invite=true

Are you looking for fun events to bike to with your friends? We recommend grabbing a Relay Bike and attending one of the following two-wheel friendly events.

 

Atlanta Falcons Game

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium has partnered with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) to provide bike valet service for Atlanta Falcons games and Atlanta United Matches. You can park your Relay bike at the Two Wheel Valet too!

The Two Wheel Valet is located across the street from the main gate at 1414 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition made the image below to show popular bike routes to the stadium.

 

You can get more details about the Two Wheel Bike Valet here. >>>> https://mercedesbenzstadium.com/parking-and-transportation/bike-to-the-stadium/

 

 

 

Atlanta United vs Chicago Fire – Sunday, October 21, 2018

Consider grabbing some friends and a Relay for the next match. Relay Bike Share has teamed up with Atlanta United to bring red, black, and gold to the streets of Atlanta with special Atlanta United bikes. The fees generated by the 17 bikes, up to $2,000 will be matched by the Atlanta United Foundation and donated to the Metro YMCA Soccer Program.

When you ride one of the 5- Stripe Relay Bikes you can be entered into the Atlanta United Giveaway.

Enter Giveaway Here >>>> http://relaybikeshare.com/rideonegiveone/

 

 

 

Bike- in Movie – E.T. the Extra- Terrestrial – Friday, October 19, 2018 | 6:30PM – 9:30PM | 519 Old Ivy Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

Livable Buckhead will host a bike-in-movie. Popcorn and cotton candy will be available. Relay Bike Share will be set up at the park offering rides along Path400.

More event details here >>> https://www.facebook.com/events/2046185799025666

Live from Woodruff Park: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM | 91 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

More event details here >>> https://www.facebook.com/events/463964630783609/

Relay Group Ride to Bike – in Movie Night – Hocus Pocus – October 26, 2018

Join Relay Bike Share for a group ride to the Bike- In Movie Night at Centergy. Use promo code: BIKEINMOVIE2018 for a $5 account credit. The Group Ride will leave from our Piedmont Park & Eastside BeltLine Hub. We will go on a short leisurely bike ride through our beautiful city.  Join us to meet and network with other Relay Bike Share members!

Start at Location: Relay Bikes Share – Piedmont Park & Eastside BeltLine, 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Meet Up: 5:45pm

Roll Out: 6:00pm  

Ending at: Bike- In Movie Night – Hocus Pocus

Roll up to the Bike- In Movie Night on a Relay Bike and get entered into a gift bag raffle. Gift bags will include swag items from Atlanta United FC, Relay Bike Share, and more partners to be announced.

More event details here >>> https://www.facebook.com/events/1894857143895340/

 

 

 

BeltLine Bike Tours – Saturday Mornings at 9AM

Enjoy a free guided tour along the BeltLine.  After registration, the guide will provide you with a special discount code for the tour as well as detailed instructions on how to use our Social Bicycles app, promo code, and the bike.

Details & Register Here >>>>https://beltline.org/visit/atlanta-beltline-tours/#bike-tours

 

 

Relay Atlanta Rider Spotlight – Pattie Baker

 

 

 

Pattie Baker is a frequent Relay Bike Share rider, and she has found many ways to utilize and benefit from Relay. She is serving as a Relay VIP Ambassador, and even uses Relay when she is teaching cycling classes to women. Learn more about Pattie below.

– What part of Atlanta do you live?

I live in Dunwoody, a metro-Atlanta suburb-city just 15 minutes away from the Arts Center MARTA station via train.

 

 

 

– Why do you ride Relay Bike Share? And how often?

Relay Bike Share serves as my sole way to get around in the City of Atlanta on days when I don’t bring my own personal bike on the train with me. Relay is also helpful when my bike is in the shop for repairs.  I also encourage the use of Relay Bikes when I am teaching a bike class to women.

 

– How has Relay Bike Share helped or benefitted you?

I love Relay Bikeshare bikes because they are happy bikes.  They are bright, sturdy bikes with eight hill-friendly speeds that are easy to ride and make people smile.  I think more people from the metro-Atlanta suburbs would be surprised how easy and convenient it is to get to and from work (plus out to lunch or to run errands) in Atlanta with the one-two-power punch of MARTA and Relay Bike Share. They will also most likely be shocked at how bike-friendly the City of Atlanta has become, and how close and connected the neighborhoods are when you are on a bike.

 

 

– What is your favorite (or most used) Relay station?

All the Marta Station hubs. I ride my own bike most of the time, I don’t use Relay every day, or sometimes not even every week.  Having a membership, lets me know it is there whenever I need it. It’s like having a transportation insurance policy. I especially like that so many of the MARTA stops have bike share hubs, and also that I can lock the bike to any public bike rack so that I can take it directly to my destination.

– What else can you tell us about yourself?

I wrote the book Traveling at the Speed of Bike after a career as a content creator for major employers in metro Atlanta including Turner Broadcasting, UPS, Cox Enterprises, and the American Cancer Society. Additionally, as a League Cycling Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, I teach women new to cycling and/or returning to the bike. I also work as a tour guide with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta and I volunteer with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.  I previously taught seniors-on trikes and youth-in-need in the City of Decatur.

Check out Patties’ online presence:

She has a blog at TravelingAttheSpeedOfBike.com with Bonus Resources tab for four maps she created of favorite bike routes. 

Check out the links below to Patties’ hashtag #TodaysNiceStranger on:

Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/todaysnicestranger/)

Twitter (https://twitter.com/hashtag/todaysnicestranger)

 

Relay Bike Share Locking Etiquette

 

 

 

When you’re done cruising through the city, please physically lock your Relay Bike to a public rack or pole. Make sure to always lock to a fixed structure and not on private property, blocking access to doorways, or blocking ADA access.

If you travel outside of our system area you will get an alert on your phone from the Social Bicycles app.  There is no charge for biking outside the system area, but, if you decide to lock the Relay Bike outside our system area, you will be charged a $20 out of system area fee.

 

 

 

Relay Bikes have an integrated u-lock. The u- lock travels with the bike. While you’re riding a Relay Bike the grey u-lock goes into the two slots located on the left side of the bike above the back wheel.

 

 

 

Here are a few examples of how not to leave your Relay Bike…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of correctly locked Relay Bikes…..

 

 

Relay Atlanta Rider Spotlight – Carlos Vazquez

 

 

Carlos Vazquez, is our September User Spotlight. He has Relay corporate membership through Coca-Cola. Carlos uses Relay in-tandem with other modes of travel to construct a more predictable commuting pattern.  His average trip distance is 1-1/2 miles, but that part of his travel is time-saving and stress relieving.

– What part of Atlanta do you live?
I live in Newnan, Georgia.

– Why do you ride Relay Bike Share? And how often?
It breaks up my commute and I always know how long it will take me to get from point a to point b regardless of traffic. I drive or vanpool much of the commute, then take Relay on the final leg.  I ride Relay 3-4 times a week (twice daily in the morning and the afternoon).

– How has Relay Bike Share helped or benefitted you?
It gives me a mental break in the morning and afternoon, with no traffic stress, and it is a part of my overall fitness routine.

– Has anything interesting happened while riding Relay?
I decided to take Varsity food home one night and pulled into the drive-thru. Everyone from the car hop to other car drivers did not know what to make of my approach on a Relay bike. I didn’t care; I still got to take my delicious Varsity food home in my backpack.

– What is your favorite (or most used) Relay station?
The hub at the Coca-Cola Atlanta Office Complex, by the Luckie Street cycletrack.