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Explore trails on BeltLine bike tour

5/30/2014, 6:02 a.m.
Cycling and outdoor enthusiasts can hop on their bikes for a chance to explore parks and paths throughout 45 Atlanta ...
The seventh annual BeltLine Bicycle Tour on June 14 will wind through 45 Atlanta neighborhoods.

Cycling and outdoor enthusiasts can hop on their bikes for a chance to explore parks and paths throughout 45 Atlanta neighborhoods during the June 14 Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour.

The seventh annual tour, presented by the nonprofit Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, kicks off at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark at 830 Willoughby Way N.E. in Atlanta.

The tour takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should arrive by 8 a.m.

Full- and half-route options are available.

The 27-mile tour includes the Eastside Trail, the Ormewood Avenue 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.

The 16-mile “East Meets West” route takes cyclists along a section of the Eastside Trail before crossing town to parks along the 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.

Rob Brawner, the BeltLine Partnership interim director, said the project is transforming lives.

“The community has responded with tremendous enthusiasm to the Atlanta BeltLine Annual Bicycle Tour as well as the many other programs and fitness classes we have to offer,” he said in a May 23 statement.

Rebecca Serna, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition executive director, said the coalition started the tour in 2008 “to celebrate the BeltLine’s role in making biking practical, popular, safe, and convenient.”

“Atlanta is becoming a more bikeable and walkable city, and this tour celebrates the potential,” she said.

For advance registration, visit atlantabeltlinebicycletour.com. For ride-specific questions, email erik@atlantabike.org.