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Everything You Need To Know About Relay Bikes This Semester

Most college students know that campus life can be a little confusing. Where is my class again? How do I get to the grocery store? Do I have to take the bus? But don’t feel alone; Relay Bike Share is here to help. So far this semester, we demo’ed the Relay Bikes at Freshman Orientation and on Tech Walkway. Based on the questions and feedback we have received, we compiled our most popular questions and will use this post to provide bike share tips to our FAQs.

Relay Bike Share is Atlanta’s first public bike share program that launched in June 2016. There are 500 Relay Bikes and 75 stations located in Atlanta’s Midtown, Downtown, West End, and Buckhead neighborhoods.

How to Use/ Sign Up

Sign up is quick and easy.

  1. Have your credit card and log in credentials to access to your .edu email address.
  2. Sign up on http://relaybikeshare.com/additional-plans/ or through the Social Bicycles app.
  3. Use your .edu email address to qualify for the discounted student plans.

The Student Plan is only $7.50 per month, has no contract, and it includes 90 minutes of ride time per day. You can split that time over one ride or multiple rides.

Don’t worry if you go over 90 minutes. The bike does not automatically stop, break, or abruptly throw you off, lol. The app will simply auto charge your connected credit card $0.15 cents per minute after you keep the bike unlocked for 90 minutes.

 

 

Where to Lock

Relay uses smart bike technology which gives your bikes share experience super powers. Smart bike technology allows you to lock up outside one of our 75 hubs. If you are on campus the Bicycle Use Policy States:

Section 2.2 Bicycle Parking

Bicycle Parking Where Permitted

Bicycles shall be parked, stored, or left on the Institute Campus only in areas specifically designated for such parking by the presence of racks or other devices designed for bicycle parking or when designated by the posting of signs indicating the space as a bicycle parking area.

Which means you should not park your bike:

 

  • In any way so as to block or impede the normal flow of traffic on any highway, roadway, street, alley, sidewalk, mall, patio, parking area or bicycle path on the Institute.
  • On any lawn or landscaped area except in those areas designated as a bicycle parking area by the presence of racks or other parking devices or signs indicating the area as a bicycle parking area.
  • No: Locking to unauthorized objects: No bicycle shall be chained or otherwise locked, or attached to any handrail, tree, shrubbery, door, signpost, lamp, telephone pole, lamppost, fence, or other object not maintained or designated for the purpose of securing bicycles

 

It’s easy to find bikes while on campus. You can see a map of the hubs by downloading the Social Bicycles App. Hub on campus include: 

GEORGIA TECH – CLOUGH BUILDING

GEORGIA TECH – TRANSIT HUB

GEORGIA TECH – CRC

GEORGIA TECH – WEST CAMPUS HOUSING

GEORGIA TECH – BOBBY DODD STADIUM

MARTA – NORTH AVE

TECH PARKWAY

TECH SQUARE

Where to Go

With the convenience of the Relay Bike Hubs and the Social Bicycle app students can travel  to and from Georgia Tech’s campus with ease. Some popular places to travel to include the grocery store, class, Atlantic Station, and the game. Be sure to spread the word and travel with friends on a bike adventure around town.

Safety First

In the spirit of fun, remember to be safe. Before you embark on your Relay around campus, wear a helmet. Students can grab a helmet from Lisa _____ located in the _____ building for a discounted price of $12.

Stay tuned for part two of this series where we show you creative ways to Relay around the city. For more information on Relay Bike Share and Georgia Tech, search our hashtag on all social media.  

#RelayATL

 

 

Relay VIP Ambassador

 

 

Do you believe in the bike share movement? Are you a fan of sustainable and active transportation? The Relay Bike Share Ambassadors are a small group of community involved residents interested in spreading the word about bike share and alternative forms of transportation.

If you find yourself telling friends, family and coworkers about Relay, we would love to collaborate!

 

 

As a Relay Bike Share Ambassador you will work to build relationships with community members, groups and neighborhoods inside of our system area.

Details:

  • Perform at least 2 hours of outreach activities per month. We have outreach ideas and also welcome you to make your own suggestions.
  • Engage your unique community and network to spread the word about what makes Relay Bike Share a great activity to try.

Examples of our current outreach activities:

Pass Out Marketing Flyers: stand at a hub for an hour and engage the community members that pass by. Hand out flyers, answer questions, and give a quick bike demo.

Organize a group ride: Do you have co workers, friends or neighbors that want to ride?

Perks:

  • Free Relay Bike Share Super Membership that includes 180 minutes ride time. No $2 out of hub fee and no $20 out of system area lock fee.
  • Chance to win prizes, coupon and swag from local partnerships
  • Social media partnership
  • Suggestion and feedback for future stations and events
  • Invite to monthly VIP Rider Meet Up / Networking event

If you’re interested in encouraging alternative forms of transportation and want to be an active part of Atlanta’s dedication to a healthy and sustainable city, please fill out the form below. We will contact you with the next steps. Thank you!

 

 

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Relay Bike Share Price Updates

 

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Dear Relay Member,

A topic we heard over and over again was to lower the price. Well Atlanta, we listened and it is with great pleasure that I present to you the pricing updates that will give you additional plan options and flexibility.

Monthly Recurring Pass: $10.00 per month – with annual commitment, includes 90 minutes of riding time per day. (Reduced from $20 per month. Save an extra $60/ year)

Month to Month Pass: $15.00 per month – no annual commitment, includes 90 minutes of riding time per day. (You get 30 extra minutes per day on this plan)

Pay As You Go: $3.50 for 30 minutes, and $0.15 per minute after (reduced from $8 minimum fee)

Prepaid Pass: $24 for 24 hour access, includes 5 hours of riding time, expires after 24 hours

Student Pass: $7.50/month (includes 90 minutes of riding time per day)

SNAP Pass: $5.00/month (includes 90 minutes of riding time per day for low- income community members)

Want to upgrade to a new membership?

 

  • Turn the auto renew feature off on your monthly membership. Here’s how:
  • Select “Account” then “Memberships”
  • Select the green edit button next to “Auto Renewal”
  • Toggle option to “Off”
  • Once your membership expires, change your plan to an updated membership.
  • Sign back into your account
  • Select “memberships”
  • Select “Unsubscribe” then “Resubscribe”
  • Follow the prompts

 

All bike share station signs and our website will reflect the new pricing. Should you have any additional questions with the changes, please reach out to us over email at info@relaybikeshare.com or give us a call at 678.710.9900.

Sincerely,

Your local Relay Team

 

How to change your membership plan.

Relay Bike Share 500 Expansion Event

 

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On Wednesday, April 19, we will celebrate the expansion of our bike share program. We are growing from 100 to 500 “Big Blue Bikes” This event will include music, giveaways, a ride, and food trucks.

Relay Bike Share 500 Expansion Event

Wednesday April 19, 2017
10AM
Piedmont Park
400 Park Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30309
>>>>Click Here for the Facebook event<<<<

We will go on a police escorted ride. We will have 100 Relay Bike Share bikes on site for the ride. To RSVP Contact Crystal Griggs- Epps at
cgriggs-epps@AtlantaGa.gov.

Bring a friend and tell a friend, to tell a friend! We’re going to have a celebration!!!!

Thanks for being apart of what makes Atlanta great!

April Message From the GM

 

April continues to be an exciting month for Relay. The system is expanding to over 60 stations and 500 bikes on April 19th. The new bikes arrived earlier this month and the Cyclehop team has been inspecting and prepping the bikes for the launch. Check out behind the scenes photos here >> http://relaybikeshare.com/relay-bike-share-500-bikes/

Beginning this week, the new bikes and stations will roll out in waves. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for new stations installations and new bike deployment. Also make sure to check out our new pricing structure explained in this post here. >>> http://relaybikeshare.com/relay-bike-share-price-updates/

Cyclehop is excited to partner with the City of Atlanta and Georgia’s Own Credit Union for the Relay expansion event at Piedmont Park on the 19th. It’ll be a great opportunity to highlight Relay in the city, go on another bike ride, and our founding riders to come together to celebrate the expansion of the bike share! Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are Atlanta!

The Relay Team appreciates your support!

Check out behind the scenes action and find out where the new hubs are going in our 500 Fresh New Relay Bikes Arrive in Atlanta post

500 Fresh New Relay Bikes Arrive in Atlanta

 

Details on the Relay Bike Share 500 Expansion Event

Relay Bike Share 500 Expansion Event

 

Check out our new and improved price updates 

Relay Bike Share Price Changes

 

 

500 Fresh New Relay Bikes Arrive in Atlanta

 

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The Relay team is all smiles. The brand new “Big Blue” 8 speed bikes have arrived and we are thrilled! Over the next few weeks the team will be working their way through the night to make sure every bike is inspected and ready to roll for the Relay Bike Share Expansion Event on April 19th.

The Relay Bike Share Expansion Event

Wednesday April 19, 2017
10AM
Piedmont Park
400 Park Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30309

After the event we will go on a short police escorted bike ride. Please RSVP for a Relay Bike Share Bike ride by contacting Crystal Griggs- Epps at cgriggs-epps@AtlantaGa.gov.

Details here: http://relaybikeshare.com/relay-bike-share-500-expansion-event/

Every milestone deserves a celebration because bike share is becoming an important part of Atlanta’s commuting options. Bike share is helping to make Atlanta a fun and healthy place to live, work and visit.

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The 500 new bikes dressed in shipping protective gear. The next milestone will be the arrival of the physical hubs.

New Relay Bike Share Stations

Midtown Hubs:

Arts Center MARTA
Georgia’s Own (14th & Juniper)
Piedmont Park West
Outwrite Station
Piedmont Park East
Piedmont Park South
11th & Peachtree
Midtown MARTA North
Tech Square
Argonne & 5th
Greenwood Ave BeltLine
Fourth Ward Park
North Ave MARTA
Bobby Dodd Stadium

Downtown Hubs:
Civic Center MARTA
Peachtree Center MARTA
Little Five Points
Piedmont & Auburn
Jackson St. Bridge


West Atlanta Hubs:

Atlantic Station
14th & Howell Mill
Tech Parkway
Home Park
State & 11th
W. Campus Housing
Piedmont Park West
Central Park
Coca-Cola Campus
Georgia Tech Transit Hub
Clough Commons
Georgia Tech CRC
Gordon-White Park
Westside MARTA
Woodruff Library (AUC)
Historic Westside Village
Spelman College
Castleberry Hill

East Atlanta Hubs:
Virginia-Highland
Atkins Park
Poncey-Highland
Little Five Points
King of Pops
Inman Village
Inman Park
Inman Park MARTA
Highland Ave – Freedom Park Trail
Irwin & Eastside BeltLine
Studioplex
Edgewood Ave & Eastside BeltLine
Randolph & Edgewood
Jackson & Chamberlain
King Memorial MARTA
Cherokee & Woodward
Park & Memorial
Grant Park

Want to CELEBRATE???
Relay Bike Share 500 Expansion Party April 19th CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Relay Bike Share Price Updates

 

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Dear Relay Member,

We at Relay are super excited to roll-out the 500 bikes. The past ten months during our “demo” phase has flown by. Since we launched last June, we have had numerous opportunities to talk with people throughout the city of what they liked about the “Big Blue Bikes” and what we could do to improve. A topic we heard over and over again was to lower the price. Well Atlanta, we listened and it is with great pleasure that I present to you the pricing updates for our 2017 expansion:

Local Passes:
Monthly Recurring Pass: $10.00 per month – with annual commitment, includes 90 minutes of riding time per day. (reduced from $20 per month)
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 (reduced from $8 minimum fee)
Prepaid Pass: $24 for 24 hour access, includes 5 hours of riding time, expires after 24 hours

Other Offers:
Student Pass: $7.50/month (includes 90 minutes of riding time per day)
SNAP Pass: $5.00/month (includes 90 minutes of riding time per day for low- income community members)

The change in the fare structure will not negatively impact anyone with existing monthly passes. If you really like the current pass you have, you can keep your plan. However, for all new passes only the updated plans will be available.

In order to capture the benefits of the new Local Passes, please go to https://app.socialbicycles.com/ , cancel your current subscription and sign up for the new plan. (Details below)

The updated pricing plans will go into effect on April 10th. All bike share station signs and our website will reflect the new pricing. Should you have any additional questions with the changes, please reach out to us over email at info@relaybikeshare.com or give us a call at 678.710.9900.

Sincerely,

Your local Relay Team

 

How to change your membership plan.

Relay Bike Share Events

 

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Relay had a great 2016. With our expansion from 12 to 22 hubs, we have bikes rolling all over Midtown and downtown Atlanta. We know bike share is a new concept so we are giving you a chance to try Relay Bike Share for free.

We joined bike forces with Atlanta Bike Coalition for Bike Share 101 Class and Urban Confidence Rides. Listed below are our upcoming events.

Bike Share 101

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You will learn the basics of bike share, bike safety, and tips for planning an urban route. We will then go on a short group ride around the city. This is a great class if you want to see other Relay Bike Share stations and experience all types of riding situations. All event participants will receive a Relay Bike Share knit beanie and our other SWAG items.

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Keep your ears warm with a Relay Bike Share knit beanie.

We will show you:

  • How to use Relay Bike Share
  • How to use the SoBi App to find bikes
  • Rules of the road
  • Riding in traffic safely
  • Planning an urban route
  • Winter riding tips

UPCOMING DATES

Thursday, February 09, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Midtown MARTA

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Midtown MARTA

Register Here: http://www.atlantabike.org/bikeshareclasses

 

Urban Confidence Ride

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This is your chance to meet the Atlanta Bike Share Champions. We will have the Relay Bike Share tent set up with opportunities to to learn more about our Spring 2017 expansion and West End virtual hubs. We will also go over bike safety and bike awareness. Light refreshments and a chance to win a $25 gift card. All event participants will receive a Relay Bike Share knit beanie and our other SWAG items.

The participants leave from West End Park to embark on a journey around the West End of Atlanta. The goal of this ride is awareness and bike safety. We take it slow, practice safe riding skills, and stay together.

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The Atlanta Bike Champions enjoying a bike ride through Atlanta.

UPCOMING DATES

Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM
West End Park / WeCycle
1111 Oak St SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/446160132438095/

Atlanta Bike Champion Update

 

 

 

The Atlanta Bike Champions are off to a great start. The Atlanta Bike Champions are a team of 10 community members’ that work, live, and shop on the Westside of Atlanta.

The Champions have been busy training and preparing for their safety outreach campaign, See Us Rollin’. As a team, the Champions will share the unified message that, people riding bikes are vehicles. The Champions will include both motorist and people on bikes in their community outreach.

Below are some of the events the Champions participated in last month.

Dunbar Elementary Bike Parade 

The Atlanta Bike Champions participated in a Bike Parade at Dunbar Elementary. The parade was organized by a local cyclist Neill Davis. He showed the staff and children the benefits of riding a bike.

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Light the Farm Fundraiser with Truly Living Well 
The Champions joined Truly Living Well in a holiday celebration and fundraiser. The event is over, but there are still plenty of opportunities for you to donate to Truly Living Well which helps support the work they do in the community.

Read more about how you can help here >>> https://walkaboutlocal.com/tlw

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Urban Confidence Ride

We hosted an Urban Confidence Ride Class with Atlanta Bike Coalition. The participants left from West End Park to embark on a journey around the West End of Atlanta. The goal of the ride was awareness and bike safety. We took it slow, stayed together and practiced safe riding skills. As a group we rode to the West End MARTA Station and the Walmart on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. We saw a lot of smiling faces and interest in the blue bikes. It was a Saturday and we were able to show the Westside of Atlanta that bikes and cars can coexist when we “take the lane”.

 

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