Published on June 9th, 2016 |0
Atlanta Bike Share launched downtown; Buckhead awaits title sponsor
Mayor Kasim Reed, along with the Department of Planning and Community Development and Atlanta’s bike share operator, Cyclehop, launched what the city calls “the demonstration phase” of the program during a noon ceremony at Woodruff Park.
By the end of 2016, Cyclehop plans to coordinate the installation of 500 bikes at 50 stations citywide, according to a statement released by the Reed’s office.
In 2012, Mayor Reed committed to the goal of making bicycling an integral part of daily life for Atlanta residents, workers and visitors by year 2016. Cyclehop has a five-year contract with the city to make that happen with smart bikes.
Dan Murphy, general manager for the Atlanta Bike Share program, spoke to the board of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID) at its June 1 meeting and said Buckhead is one of the prime areas for the program, but that the program is just in the start-up phase.
Murphy explained that Cyclehop is actually borrowing bikes from other cities where it operates in order to launch the program at 10 sites in downtown Atlanta with the 100 smart bikes. The
Atlanta program cannot expand to midtown and Buckhead until a title sponsor has signed on.
He said Cyclehop also is working on finalizing contracts with the city and MARTA and with the state concerning placement of bike stations. MARTA rail stations would be ideal locations for bike stations.
Atlanta will have all smart bikes, which means people can use their smart phones to locate where bikes are available. Murphy told the BCID board, “This is a convenient, flexible system.” He said most of stations will have 10 bikes assigned to them. And, the stations are portable and can be moved to different locations.
Murphy said the Atlanta Bike Share program is looking for as many sponsors at it can obtain, but that the $1.2 million title sponsor is necessary in order to get to the planned Atlanta program of 50 stations and 500 bikes system-wide.