In 2013, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the city’s plan to become a top 10 bike-friendly destination. Since then, Atlanta has taken the necessary steps to transform itself into a bicycle haven. Walk.Bike.Thrive, the city’s $1 billion plan, brought more bike lanes, sidewalks and multi-use projects into Atlanta, making it easier than ever to explore by bike via the city’s paths, trails and tours.
Envisioned by a Georgia Tech graduate student, Atlanta BeltLine is a staple in the biking community. The sustainable redevelopment project will connect Atlanta’s 45 intown neighborhoods over a 22-mile trail. The Eastside Trail is the first complete segment of the BeltLine and stretches three miles. Popular destinations like Piedmont Park, Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market are along the Eastside Trail. The Atlanta Bicycle Barn is conveniently located along the trail and offers bike rentals hourly or at a $20 daily flat rate.
Beginning at Piedmont Avenue, Freedom Parkway Trail is a way to see a variety of landmarks in Atlanta’s Eastside neighborhood. The trail is bike-friendly with Relay Bike Share hubs and bike racks located along the way. On the trail are several of the city’s major attractions including Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum and Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
PATH400 Greenway Trail runs along Ga. Highway 400 through Buckhead. Soon, the multi-use greenway will be a part of the Atlanta BeltLine, connecting neighborhoods, businesses and retail locations to Downtown. While on the trail, pedal throughout the historic Peachtree Park neighborhood to visit local shopping centers such as Lenox Square and Miami Circle Arts District.
Atlanta is a city rich with history and culture easily explored while biking. Discover hidden gems with the help of enthusiastic, knowledgeable tour guides. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta offers a wide range of tours guaranteed to give riders an authentic Atlanta experience. The “Fall in Love with Atlanta” tour guides you through historic intown neighborhoods such as Cabbagetown, Old Fourth Ward and Little Five Points.
Another bicycle touring company is Civil Bikes, which crafts each tour around a different time in Atlanta. From learning about the Civil War to the civil rights movement, each tour immerses riders into the history of Atlanta. In addition to offering guided tours, Civil Bikes offers bike concierge services in Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead.