Atlanta has finally launched its new bike share program called "Relay."
The program kicked off on Thursday in Woodruff Park with Mayor Reed and other city officials taking the new bikes out for their first ride.
100 bikes are already installed and ready to be used at 10 different stations in the Atlanta area. By the end of 2016, Atlanta is expected to be the home of 500 bikes at 50 locations throughout the city.
The new program, Relay, offers multiple plans and rental options to make it an easy choice for those exploring the city and its many attractions.
Relay is managed by Cyclehop, LLC and Social Bicycles, LLC and operates out of an office in the Historic West End neighborhood. They have similar programs in eight different cities throughout the nation.
The Chief Bicycle Officer, Becky Katz, is responsible for bicycle transportation in Atlanta.
"I applaud Mayor Reed for his vision to expand cycling infrastructure and offer new opportunities to connect communities and people. Atlanta's new bike share system will emphasize increased mobility, safety, transit connectivity, sustainability and equity," Katz, said.
Mayor Reed announced Friday that he will continue to fund the Chief Bicycle Officer position beyond its original planned period. The position is being funded through the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation with a five-year $250,000 challenge grant given to the City through the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
The mayor committed to the bike share program in 2012 to integrate bicycling into the daily lives of the residents of Atlanta and its visitors.