ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
To build a strong base of bike share users in Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods, the City of Atlanta and several community organizations have received grant funding to launch “Atlanta Bike Share Champions.” Through this new program, 10 people will be hired to manage community outreach and education about biking and bike share in Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods (where Relay’s bike-share stations are slated to debut over the next year).
The “Bike Share Champions” program is a partnership of the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, WeCycle, Urban Perform, Red, Bike & Green Atlanta, and Relay Bike Share.
This project will primarily serve community members from neighborhoods on the westside of Atlanta, including the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, and Spelman), the West End, Vine City and English Avenue.
A recurring community goal from the many studies and conversations of and with westside communities is workforce development and access for residents to job opportunities and career training. The Champions program will provide westside residents the opportunity for paid training and work, create a pipeline to employment, and help spread awareness that bike share is a useful transportation and health tool for residents of westside neighborhoods.
Many people are searching for ways to live a happier and healthier life. We get stretched thin with never-ending responsibilities, deadlines, and trying to prove our worth. People all over the country are overwhelmed, stressed and tired (1). We know stress is a part of life. Some stress is even considered good. But, excessive stress can cause a burnout and interfere with your productivity, performance, and health.
In between all the deadlines, clients, and never-ending responsibilities, It is important to make time for yourself. Believe it or not, a simple bike ride can help. Relay Bike Share is a great way to break away from the daily grind and relax. Some bike advocates may call bike riding, burnout prevention.
Imagine having a positive mindset, more energy, and less stress. Imagine all the benefits of coffee without the calories. Yes, this is possible with Relay Bike Share.
Many people are familiar with the physical benefits of cycling, but the mental health benefits are often overlooked. Cycling helps you maintain a positive mental attitude. There is a great quote. “You can’t be sad while riding a bike,” and I encourage you to put this statement to the test. A Relay Bike Share is the perfect way to relax your mind and explore the city.
The connection between exercise and enhanced psychological wellness has been studied for many years. It is clear that regular exercise especially outdoors should be included in any effort to combat depression, anxiety, and stress. Happiness and how you feel about your life and the world around you is just as important as being in physical shape. Stress is a part of modern life, but it is never too late to start making lifestyle changes so you can be happier on a daily basis. Good thing Relay is a part of modern life too!
It’s now been almost two months since we launched Relay downtown. A question I often get is, “how’s it going?” My answer…it’s going ok. In the bike share industry, especially here in the U.S., having a daily bike utilization rate of 4 rides is pretty good. That means that all the bikes in the fleet get ridden about four times each day.
In July, we had a .40 daily utilization rate, which meant we had about 40 rides per day. I’m excited to see what growth we’ll have over this next month of August; students will be going back to school and the weather will hopefully be dropping below the 90’s sometime soon.
I’m confident those two factors will boost our ridership. Another major factor that will help increase ridership is the growth of our stations. The plan is still to have at least 50 bike stations set up before the end of the year.
Cyclehop’s order for 500 bikes has been submitted to the manufacturer, so we should be putting more bikes on the ground in November or December. In the meantime, Cyclehop will be ordering equipment to set up ten additional stations around early November. These ten stations will be used to expand our system from downtown up North into Midtown, and into the Westside of Atlanta as well. Keep an eye out for more details of exact station locations as well as title sponsorship updates that should be coming very soon!
Bike sharing is coming to Atlanta this Memorial Day weekend! Bike share programs have been improving the quality of living in cities for years now by offering an alternative travel mode that is environmentally sound, affordable and promotes good health.
How Does Bike Share Work?
Bike share is a network of stations with publicly available bicycles for short-term rental. With Social Bicycles, all you need is a membership to check out a bike and continue on your way. Bike share enables one-way, point-to-point trips, similar to a taxi or carshare.
Bike share complements other mobility options such as public transit and carshare, making them more convenient by providing first/last mile connectivity.
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