More than 500 cyclists geared up for the sold-out, Atlanta BeltLine 7th Annual Bicycle Tour on Saturday, June 14 – presented by the Atlanta Beltline Partnership and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Bike Angels led cyclists through 45 Atlanta neighborhoods while tracing the current and proposed Atlanta BeltLine corridor.
“We were overwhelmed with the response to this year’s Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour,” said Interim Executive Director and Program Director Rob Brawner. “There clearly is a voracious appetite for opportunities to explore Atlanta and get moving on the Atlanta BeltLine, and we are delighted that our partnership with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition enabled so many cyclists to come together to accomplish that.” While this year’s event was capped at 500 participants, next year’s ride looks to accommodate a larger volume of riders.
Also joining Saturday’s ride was AJC Mad About Fitness Blogger and B98.5 Drive-Time Personality Madison James, who tackled the Full Atlanta BeltLine ride: “It was awesome to see everyone, and feel the excitement about getting active in Atlanta! I hope this will encourage people more to explore the great things The Atlanta Beltline has to offer.”
“We were excited by the number of riders that came out and explored Atlanta with us. The city looks and feels different by bike, and we hope that touring the Atlanta BeltLine helped participants see some of Atlanta’s wonderful neighborhoods in a new light,” said Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Serna.
Tour Routes Included:
- The Full Atlanta BeltLine (27 miles) – This route traces the entire Atlanta BeltLine corridor and will make you fall in love with Atlanta. Some highlights include: the Eastside Trail, the Ormewood Ave railroad bridge, D.H. Stanton Park (and splashpad), the Oakland City Urban Farm site, the West End Trail, Mozley Park, the Lionel Hampton Trail, Washington Park, the Northside Trail, Tanyard Creek Park, and Piedmont Park.
- Atlanta BeltLine East Meets West (16 miles) – This more-condensed option takes you along a section of the Eastside trail before crossing town to some beautiful parks along the Atlanta BeltLine’s west side. Highlights include: the Sweet Auburn Historic District, Adair Park, the Oakland City Urban Farm site, the West End Trail, Mozley Park, the Lionel Hampton Trail, Washington Park, Centennial Olympic Park, and the Freedom Park trail.
While this event is an annual event, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition leads weekly tours of the East and West sides of the Atlanta BeltLine. These free, guided tours can be booked at Tours.BeltLine.org.