I'm so pleased to see that Atlanta is ramping up its efforts to expand the Atlanta Bike Share program. Given the horrible gridlock that Atlanta experiences every day, commuters and city travelers should have as many options as possible for alternative transportation. These 400 new bicycles, a five-time increase in the current number, will definitely help.
What are the goals of the Atlanta bike share network?
According to the City of Atlanta, the goals for the program include:
- Integrate bike share as an extension of local and regional public transit networks;
- Increase utilization of other transit modes by providing a first mile and last mile travel alternative that will increase the range of destinations served by mass transit systems;
- Provide increased physical activity opportunities to fight obesity and chronic diseases;
- Support improved access to fresh food, greenspaces and neighborhood destinations;
- Promote a culture of safety among bikeshare system users, and the driving population as a whole.
What does a bikeshare system like this cost to implement?
According to the Atlanta-Decatur Bike Share Feasibility Study, estimated capital and operational costs for the system size ranges from $6.0 to $12.9 million over a six-year period. For comparison, these figures are approximately equal to double the cost of one bus route over six years, which costs approximately $6.1 million.
We very much hope the bikeshare program continues its success
Late last year, officials reported the program’s first six months had been a success, with users logging more than 11,000 miles on 5,000 trips. With the expansion of the program, we expect this success to continue. Not only will the program expand access to Atlanta's mass transit systems, reduce traffic congestion along some corridors, and offer new modes of healthy transportation for users, but it will help usher in new bicycle safety awareness for bikers and drivers alike. Watch out for the blue bikes, people, and share the road responsibly.
Go to Curbed Atlanta to see a map of the bike hubs in Atlanta.