Guest column by Anna Sharp
One of my favorite parts of Atlanta over the last few years is really seeing the connectivity in this city grow exponentially. With the introduction of new trails like PATH400 it feels like Atlanta is finally coming out of its weird adolescent years.
The addition of the Relay Bike Share is an added bonus on utilizing the new-found connectivity of the city. Relay Bike Share is a citywide bike share program. Chances are you may have spotted around town already, they are the very hip new baby blue bikes and they are now coming to Buckhead! Three new bike share stations will be popping up this month at; the Lenox and Buckhead MARTA stations (hitting the yellow and red line), as well as the Piedmont Center office park, which really helps link an almost suburban office park to the heart of Buckhead.
I’ve had the opportunity to ride a few times and it’s easy-peasy! Just download the SoBi app, link your credit card, plug-in your unique pin/account number and start riding. The cost is minimum, $3.50 for 30 mins + $0.15/minute after or $10/month annual pass for 90 minutes of riding a day. I chose the $10/month pass, which seemed reasonable and as long as I ride for more than an hour and a half a month, it ends up being the same as my Netflix account. Currently, Atlanta has over 500 bikes available and will have close to 50 more coming to Buckhead.
In order to help jump start these new bikes in the Buckhead community, Livable Buckhead will be hosting TWO Bike Launch parties with free rides and food trucks. July 11th for the Piedmont Center Office Park – Building 14 and Tower Place Park on July 26th. Both will last from 11:30 to 1:30 and will be sure to be a cool event. Plus, if you haven’t yet seen the bikes it’s a great opportunity to see how easy and convenient these bikes are and how great of an asset they will be to Buckhead.
Anna is the newest edition to Livable Buckhead and joined our team in the spring of 2017 as the Transportation Demand Management Client Accounts Manager. Prior to Livable Buckhead, Anna worked in the transportation industry for Norfolk Southern Corporation.