Top Tips For Biking Your Way Around Atlanta

Here's everything you need to know to start your wheels spinning in the city.
  • Atlanta is a uniquely cyclist-friendly city. (photo 2014, James Duckworth)
    Atlanta is a uniquely cyclist-friendly city. (photo 2014, James Duckworth)
  • The BeltLine is your go-to trail for access to eats and attractions in ATL. (2014, James Duckworth)
    The BeltLine is your go-to trail for access to eats and attractions in ATL. (2014, James Duckworth)

Given Atlanta’s population density and traffic, you might assume that this city is not a place where bike culture thrives. But not only are there plenty of safe and fun ways to get your biking fix, there’s even an official chief bicycle officer with the city of Atlanta! Whether you’re biking for recreation, fitness or your commute, the information below connects you with tips and resources to make the most out of your two-wheel sojourns in the ATL.

Fun trails:

  • Arabia Mountain: Enjoy more than 30 miles of self-guided bike trails at this nature preserve. 
  • Silver Comet Trail: This paved trail is 61.5 miles long. It starts in Smyrna (approx 13 miles from Atlanta) and ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line. 
  • Camp Creek Greenway: Located near the airport, this 4.2-mile paved biking trail boasts boardwalks, bridges, rest areas, gardens and more.
  • Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail & West End Trail: Take advantage of the free, guided weekend bike tours, during which you learn about the Atlanta BeltLine concept and history, and you also get updates on project planning, implementation and development.
  • Chastain Park Trail: This 3-mile path around Chastain Park passes such amenities as a golf course, nature trail, horse park and tennis center.
  • Nancy Creek Trail: Explore the nature of Brookhaven with this 10.8-mile trail over Nancy Creek. 
  • Stone Mountain Trail: The 19-mile trail begins in Downtown Atlanta and ends at the back side of the mountain at Stone Mountain Park. Check out the 5-mile paved loop at between Confederate Hall and the Grist Mill.
  • Freedom Park: Freedom Park trails will connect you to downtown Atlanta, Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Candler Park, Poncey-Highland, Virginia Highland, Little Five Points, The Atlanta BeltLine, The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and so much more.

These trails are also great for running and walking.


Group bike rides:

  • The Mobile Social: Since 2011, The Mobile Social has welcomed riders of every level to meet on the second Friday of the month at 6.30 p.m. at Woodruff Park for a ride around the city. Routes vary.
  • Bicycle Tours of Atlanta: With tour names such as "Fall in Love with Atlanta" and "Sweet Twilight," these are leisurely bike tours that emphasize sightseeing in Atlanta.  
  • Atlanta Cycling: Find weekly rides with Atlanta Cycling that occur on various days of the week, times of year and locations around the city.
  • Atlanta BeltLine Bike Tours: Take advantage of the free, guided weekend bike tours.
  • Critical Mass: Check out Atlanta's version of the worldwide Critical Mass bike riding phenomenon. Leaves at 6 p.m. on the last Friday of the month from Woodruff Park.
  • Southeastern Cycling: If you seek more challenging group rides, check out these rides geared toward advanced riders and racers.
  • Atlanta Streets Alive. When this event pops up again, hop on your bike and take a ride down a street that will be closed, just for Atlanta Streets Alive, to motor vehicle traffic. "Starring" streets vary from year to year.  Apr. 2016 - Westview to Grant Park and Oct. 2016 - Peachtree Street
  • Tour de BeltLine: If you want to learn more about the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, check out the annual Tour de BeltLine, which is open to all levels.

Learn the rules of the road:

Map your route:

Bike shops and accessories:

  • Loose Nuts Cycles
  • Sopo Bicycle Cooperative
  • WeCycle Atlanta
  • Outback bikes
  • Intown Bicycles
  • Decatur Bikes
  • Peachtree Bikes

Helpful organizations:​​

  • Georgia Bikes
  • Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
  • Metro Atlanta Cycling Club

Beth Clark is a writer and foodie who loves to roam around Atlanta, uncovering the city's quirky, glam, upscale and down-home character. Curiosity is her compass, and you'll find her writing on www.thecitydweller.me.

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