APRIL 27 // Atlanta, GA

Good Urbanism Bike Tour
with Civil Bikes & The Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth Program

On Saturday, April 27, Civil Bikes and The Georgia Conservancy’s Sustainable Growth Program are partnering to host a 3-hour bike tour through Atlanta, visiting key neighborhoods and historic sites, such as Sweet Auburn, South Downtown, Vine City, West End, and Summerhill.

Along the way, we’ll tell the untold stories of Atlanta’s history and examine the influences that have shaped the city’s current design, including redlining, urban renewal, and gentrification.

Using the Georgia Conservancy’s “10 Lessons for Designing Cities” as foundation to understand the built environment, we will explore principles of Good Urbanism through the lens of spatial and social justice, and discuss how we can better shape an Atlanta that is more just and sustainable for all.

This tour is for those who are both new to Atlanta and those who have lived here all their lives. Join us for discussion and sightseeing!

Ridgetop oaks near Grove Park. photo ©KKolb
  • When: April 27, 2019 // 10 am – 1 pm

  • Meeting Place: Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center And Aquatic Center, Back Parking Lot // 110 Hilliard St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Please consider using MARTA or biking to the event, if possible.

  • Where: The bike tour is approximately 3 hours with multiple stops and a lunch break. The tour begins and ends at the King Aquatic and Recreation Center, with stops at Hurt Park, Underground Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium at the former site of Friendship Baptist Church, Rodney Cook Sr. Park, West End Mall, and the Summerhill Redevelopment on Georgia Avenue.

  • What to bring: Participants are welcome to bring their own bicycle, utilize one of Atlanta’s bike share options, or rent a bicycle from Civil Bikes. If you need to rent a bike, please contact: civilbikes@gmail.com

    Please bring a helmet, government-issued ID, water bottle, and anything that you need to be comfortable for the ride, including additional foods and/or drinks, sunglasses, sunscreen, clothing that is specific to the weather. Dress in a comfortable manner; athletic wear is not required.

    Civil Bikes will provide water and a simple snack at the start.  The tour has a stop at a local business for lunch, but you can also feel free to pack your own.

  • Cost: $65 and includes a bike rental from Civil Bikes.

*All proceeds go to support the work of the Georgia Conservancy and Civil Bikes. Tour will include morning coffee from Cafe Campesino.


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Our Aim is to Make Everyone Visible. Civil Bikes walking tours and bicycle tours of Atlanta brings attention to unseen and unheard stories about Atlanta in a unique and accessible way that creatively builds a just community and inspires action.

 All tours are carefully curated and provide space to build awareness, knowledge, and understanding with sensitivity and skill.  Our tours cover a range of topics from neighborhood history, major movements like Civil Rights, and communities of people who continue to impact Atlanta, Georgia and her future.” Learn more at: www.civilbikes.com


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The Georgia Conservancy's Stewardship Trips program is excited to offer our Day Trips for the fourth year in a row. Our Day Trips help to supplement and enhance our already robust statewide trips schedule and aims to highlight and acknowledge the diverse array of green spaces, natural resources, individuals and organizations that are putting metro Atlanta on the map for environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.

Our Sustainable Growth Program works to foster smart, resilient development across the state, enabling communities to grow while using fewer resources and disturbing less open space. Programmatic focus includes: Blueprints for Successful Communities, Good Urbanism, School Location Choice, Small Town & Rural Resiliency, and Housing Flexibility & Attainability.

If you have any questions about the upcoming Good Urbanism Bike Tour, please reach out to Georgia Conservancy Urban Design Lead Johanna McCrehan at jmccrehan@gaconservancy.org