Back in the summer of 2016, Atlanta’s bike-share network, Relay, debuted downtown to great fanfare and giddy urbanist press coverage.

In less than a year, the program had swelled from 100 to 500 “Big Blue” eight-speed pedal bicycles located at more than 60 stations around the city, from West End and Vine City to Old Fourth Ward’s Studioplex and Midtown’s Colony Square. It was hailed as a new dawn in micro-transportation for a car-addicted metropolis.

But as of May, Relay Bikeshare was officially terminated.

Which is to say that zeitgeists come and go—and Atlantans’ tastes for getting around town without driving can change.

To take the pulse of its citizenry today, the Atlanta Department of Transportation has put together a quick survey that officials say could help shape the future of alternate mobility around town. (Our test-run of the questionnaire took roughly five minutes.)

Atlanta's original shared micromobility system ceased operations in May. Shutterstock

The ATLDOT Shared Micromobility Survey is aiming to gather insight into how Atlanta residents and visitors are currently using shared e-scooters, e-bicycles, and other micromobility resources. They’re also asking for ideas on how the city’s alternative transportation network could be better. All responses will remain anonymous and won’t be publicly shared, according ATLDOT officials

Here’s a sample question:

"Which changes are most critical to making shared micromobility successful in Atlanta? Please rank with 1 being the most critical to success."

Row of O.G. Bird e-scooters shown in Inman Park in 2019. Shutterstock

As is, Atlanta’s shared micromobility options include dockless e-scooters and e-bikes operated by Bird and Lime. Several other e-operators of scooters, bikes, and other contraptions (remember those e-mopeds?) have fallen by the wayside. 

ATLDOT officials tell Urbanize Atlanta that survey input will help guide future decisions for the city’s micromobility program. Find the survey here.


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