Want to borrow a bike? You won’t need to search far. From a touring service to rental shops and bike shares to adaptive bikes and even a cool cafe, these spots have you covered. Don’t forget a helmet, then hit one of our favorite trails.
Relay Bike Share
The 65 shiny blue Relay Bike Share racks across town are hard to miss, especially since the initiative increased from 100 to 500 “Big Blue Bikes” earlier this year. Download the Social Bicycles mobile app on your smartphone and choose your payment plan. The “Pay As You Go” plan is perfect for visitors with fees starting at $3.50 for 30 minutes and an additional $0.15 per minute after that.
Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
Ranked Atlanta’s No. 1 Outdoor Activity by TripAdvisor, Bicycle Tours of Atlanta offer a closer look at local attractions, hidden gems, street art and history. Fun and informative guides lead daily tours throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
Choose to “Fall in Love with Atlanta” or take the “Street Art and Murals Tour” for a new perspective on colorful walls and pop culture. “The Civil Rights and Social Justice Tour” revolves around stories dating back before the Civil War, through the 20th century’s Civil Rights Movement and up to current events and conversations regarding social justice.
Each leisurely tour covers eight to 12 miles and lasts about three hours with plenty of stops along the way. Bikes—including e-bikes—, helmets, snacks and bottled water are provided on all tours. Private, corporate and customized outings are also available. Check online for pricing and schedule.
Cafe + Velo
Coffee and bikes under one roof–what could be better? At least, that’s the philosophy behind Cafe + Velo. A recent addition to the Edgewood community, the name says it all. Their Dutch-style commuters have the gears and good looks to get you all over Atlanta in style. Before you hit the road, fuel up with baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, coffee and tea. In a hurry? Pack a picnic of their prepackaged artisanal sodas, water, fresh juices and specialty snacks. Cafe + Velo is open seven days a week. Tip: Fill out a reservation form online before arriving to secure your rental.
Rolling with a crew? The family-run, mobile bike business Caravan Bicycles has got “all y'all” covered. They deliver anywhere in the metro Atlanta area for parties of 10 or more. For smaller parties, they typically deliver along the BeltLine or Freedom Parkway Trail, or you can pick up your wheels from their shop at Paris on Ponce. Select bike frames are custom painted with flair by various local artists.
Catalyst Sports believes every person should have the chance to ride a bike. Their adaptive cycling loaner program matches a rider with physical disabilities to a bike fit just for them. Based out of Roswell’s Cannon Cyclery, their fleet of bikes can be fitted to accommodate a wide range of ages, heights and levels of function. Once the right equipment is determined, a specialist will adapt as necessary to meet individual needs utilizing adaptive grips, pads and straps.
Bike delivery is available at an additional cost—dependent on location. Catalyst Sports may provide a limited number of scholarships to support the cost of a fitting and one-month loan.
This paved multi-use trail is the first finished section of the Atlanta BeltLine, a progressive redevelopment project that follows a 22-mile loop of old rail corridor. The Eastside portion connects popular neighborhoods like Midtown, Virginia Highland, Poncey Highland, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward, with plenty of public art and linear green space along the way.
For riders seeking a little more wiggle room, head to the recently finished Westside Trail. It’s 3 miles long, also has public art as well as more contour (hills and curves) than the Eastside Trail, and it’s not crowded—yet. Then, refresh with a cool beverage from Lean Draft House or Monday Night Garage.
Running adjacent to Atlanta's northern artery for traffic flow, PATH 400 is a planned 5.2-mile greenway that begins in the heart of Buckhead. The long-term goal is to join PATH 400 to the BeltLine as well as trails in Sandy Springs and north Fulton County, providing a key link in the region's trail network. So far, the first mile has been completed and is open to walkers, joggers, bike riders and pet lovers. Mile Zero is accessible on Piedmont Road at Adina Drive, and free, on-street public parking is available. Access points are also located on Lenox Road, Old Ivy Road and Wieuca Road where each crosses Georgia State Route 400.
With more than 200 acres to get you moving, Piedmont Park is rich in greenspace and history. In 1909, the city enlisted Olmsted Brothers, the pre-eminent landscape architects of the time,—and sons of Frederick Law Olmsted—to transform decaying fairgrounds. Their master plan is still in place today, with Midtown’s skyline rising above the Dogwood trees.
Visitors can enter from the 12th or 14th street gates off Piedmont Avenue, or the Charles Allen Gate off 10th Street. A popular way to arrive at the park is via the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail at the intersection of 10th Street and Monroe Drive. Hop off your bike for the many free events hosted here, from yoga classes to concerts to "Cocktails and Conversation" evenings hosted by the Piedmont Park Conservancy. On Saturday mornings from March to mid-December, don't miss the Green Market's local produce, baked goods, prepared foods, live music, chef's demonstrations and much more.