By Britton Buttrill

Beginning April 3, fans of good food and exercise should get their tastes buds ready for the Progressive Dinner Bicycle Tours – leisurely two-wheel visits to some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants.

Sponsored by Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, each dinner tour will showcase three restaurants serving “top picks” from their menus. Each tour will be five to six miles, giving riders plenty of time to work up an appetite for the next course.

Robyn Elliott, owner of Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, said she “wanted to come up with something that would appeal to the local market, and give them a reason to get on a bicycle. I want to inspire people to get back on their bikes, to fall back in love with their bikes in order to be healthier, save gas money, and help the environment.”

The restaurants partnered with the tour include Serpas, Livingston, Parish, Tap, Max Lagers, Murphy’s, Wisteria, Fresh To Order (F2O), Engine #11 and Bakeshop. More restaurants are being added each week.

Elliott, who originally worked in the construction industry, founded Bicycle Tours of Atlanta in 2008 after making the decision to “reinvent” herself. “I was entertaining some out-of-town guests and I did what I typically did when friends came to visit – I took them down to Piedmont Park to rent bikes,” Elliot said.
It was during that ride that she decided to create a bike touring company for the city, which also showcases Intown’s “beautiful and livable” neighborhoods.

Progressive Dinner Bicycle Tours will be offered Saturday and Sunday nights the first and third weekends of the month through October. Tours are on sale now for $70. Group pricing is available for eight or more people, and restaurant selections can be customized for private groups. Call (404) 273-2558, visit www.biketoursatl.com or e-mail Robyn Elliott at robyn@bikeedatl.com for more information.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.