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June Looks Huge for 2-Wheel Transportation in Atlanta

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For Atlanta's bikable future, these 3 things are kind of a big deal

Atlanta's burgeoning appreciation for two-wheel transportation and recreation will be on full display this month. The middle part of June, especially, is going to be all bike-a-palooza.

How so?

This is how:

ATLANTA'S BIKE SHARE TO FINALLY LAUNCH:

The biggest news: After years of talks and planning, Atlanta's first bona fide bike-sharing system is going to be a real thing on June 9.

Miami-based Cyclehop is launching its newest bike share — dubbed, simply, "Relay" — with 100 bikes at 10 downtown stations.

Next Thursday, expect a noontime gala and ribbon-cutting at Woodruff Park attend by Mayor Kasim Reed, Chief Bicycle Office Becky Katz, and other dignitaries, followed by a three-mile ride around downtown to showcase the first 10 installed stations (see a full list below).

STREETS ALIVE, PEACHTREE EDITION (new timeframe)

And then, on Sunday, June 12, Atlanta Streets Alive (the second incarnation of 2016) will showcase the pilot bike-share system while hosting a 2.7-mile, car-free party on Peachtree Street through downtown and Midtown.

For a change, Streets Alive will kick off at 4 p.m. with the Great Bicycle Parade. And it'll last until 8 p.m. Which should help beat the mid-afternoon heat without losing daylight.

ATLANTA CYCLING FESTIVAL

And lest we forget The Atlanta Cycling Festival, which launches its third annual bikable blowout next Saturday.

The weeklong festival (June 11 to 18 this year) celebrates all things bicycling in Atlanta, offering rides, classes, and big ol' parties. Last year, the festival saw more than 3,000 cyclists show up at almost 50 events around town.

Jeffrey Wisard, festival founder and organizer, tells Curbed Atlanta this year's largest event will be The Big Opening Party on June 11, which he describes thusly:

"We will be repurposing the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center parking garage into a bike-topia: bicycle laser tag, bicycle light show, bicycle mountain biking course, bicycle beer and more."

Be mindful, y'all, of those BUIs.

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Atlanta's first bike-share stations:

1. Broad Street (Broad Street & Mitchell Street)

2. Rich Center (MLK Jr. Drive & Pryor Street)

3. City Hall (Trinity Avenue & Central Avenue)

4. Underground Atlanta (Peachtree Street & Wall Street)

5. GSU Arts & Humanities (Gilmer Street & Peachtree Center Avenue)

6. GSU Petit Science Center (Piedmont Avenue & Decatur Street)

7. Woodruff Park (Auburn Avenue & Park Place)

8. Sweet Auburn Market (Jesse Hill Jr. Drive & Coca Cola Place)

9. Hardy Ivy Park (Peachtree Street & Baker Street)

10. Nelson Street Bridge (Nelson Street & Chapel Street)