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
- 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.