viaCycle was launched at Georgia Tech in 2011. What sets viaCycle apart from other bike share programs is that there is no docking station required for the bikes. This means that the viaCycle bicycle can be placed and locked up at a normal bike rack. No docking station also means less money is involved for the entire viaCycle system.
The viaCycle system uses GPS technology to track bike locations as well as ridership data. The system is primarily app based, which is very helpful given the lack of any docking stations. Finding the location of the bike, unlocking the bike, and paying for the service is all handled right through the app.
The city of Atlanta has allocated more than $2 million to upgrade bicycle lanes and build Atlanta’s first bicycle mall and neighborhood greenway. The plan will include 120 miles of bicycle facilities and 60 miles of bicycle lanes connecting from Pine City to Inwood Park and the Midtown area.
Atlanta plans to have 570 bicycles at 57 stations throughout the metropolitan area by 2016.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison