Great news Atlanta: following in the footsteps of most major cities in the U.S. (Boston, Chicago, New York, Denver, San Fran, to name a few) we are finally getting our first bike share program!
Atlanta has teamed up with Cycle Hop and Social Bicycles to bring 500 bikes for rent to Atlanta streets later in 2015. Great news for those of us looking to get along the BeltLine and through our many parks without having to purchase, maintain and store a bike of our own.
According to atlantabicycleshare.com, the bikes can be located and reserved online with the Social Bicycles app (or on the bike itself). Each bike is equipped with a GPS locking mechanism and are remotely monitored. They can be locked at a Cycle Hop hub station or at any public bike rack.
And according to Atlanta Magazine, being a late adopter to the bike share world isn't necessarily a bad thing. We can learn from others' mistakes - such as the troubles the bike share program Citi Bike has had in NYC (read more here).
This is a big step in making Atlanta more vibrant and accessible. A bike share program will also keep Atlantans (and our visitors) fit and healthy, generate revenue for local businesses (including the new Ponce City and Krog Street Markets) and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.
For more information and news about the bike sharing industry, click here.