Wanna ride your bike in Metro Atlanta but not sure where to go beyond endless circles in your local park or the too-crowded Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail? Here are thirteen Traveling at the Speed of Bike tours (a Baker’s dozen!) I’ve created for you as a PeopleForBikes Ambassador. And, yes there are more to come.*
The self-guided tours are specifically designed to be welcoming and low-stress (based on traffic patterns and available infrastructure). They are as short as one mile (less, actually) and as long as ten miles (with most between two and six miles). I’ve also tried to limit the hills as much as possible, but Metro Atlanta is hilly so riding a bike with gears is recommended. For additional comfort, see my free classes and bonus resources for basic bike skills tips.
You can click the individual links below, or click on my smiley face here and then click the Classics tab and it will take you to all of them. You get route details, cue cards, photos, and more. Even if you don’t or can’t ride, you may enjoy a virtual pedal or two just by checking it all out. (If you live elsewhere, check out your local PeopleForBikes Ambassador’s routes, or consider creating routes of your own!)
3 More MARTA Murals while Traveling at the Speed of Bike (am still working this one)
You may also enjoy the Artsy Bike Face Mask (2 for $20US!) when you’re exploring artsy downtowns!
Additional routes in my “Wander” series do not necessarily represent bike routes that are accessible and welcoming for all (in fact, they’re not), and basic bike skills (and beyond) are required. I’m simply sharing typical research-on-bike outings of mine. I really don’t intend for you to follow the cue cards — the point is just to wander and see what is interesting to you. Shorten them, walk your bike, or otherwise adjust to meet your needs.
* As your Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor, I’ll be adding rides all over the ten-county Metro Atlanta region over the next year (as well as adding county-specific inspiring stories, resources, and more), based on the following schedule. In addition to reading municipal plans and challenging them to the rubber-hits-the-road test, I put out a call to mayors and more for tips about local bike-access-for-all initiatives and unsung heroes.
November 2021: Metro Atlanta locations: see the first two routes in the Wander series above
December 2021: City of Atlanta: Atlanta’s HBCUs while Traveling at the Speed of Bike
January 2021: Cherokee County: Artsy Downtown Woodstock (GA) while Traveling at the Speed of Bike
February 2021: Clayton County
March 2021: Cobb County
April 2021: DeKalb County
May 2021: Douglas County
June 2021: Fayette County
July 2021: Fulton County
August 2021: Gwinnett County
September 2021: Henry County
October 2021: Rockdale County
Disclaimer: I assume no liability for any action you may take as a result of my sharing this free information