Doug Wiley, Bicycle Tours of Atlanta

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It’s Spring, which means it’s time to mothball your corduroys and get excited about Atlanta’s outdoor glory.  If you’re looking for an absolutely perfect way to exercise,  socialize and explore, Bicycle Tours of Atlanta is the way to go.  There’s no better way to get to know Atlanta.  Get to know Doug Wiley, their Sales and Marketing Director, and you’ll get a taste of what makes them so cool…

Q. What have you learned about Atlanta from the seat of a bike?

A.  Quite a few things, including: 

Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods are experiencing an incredible revitalization—-the growth, cool things to do and see, and wonderful people are quite amazing!  

A deeper appreciation of Atlanta’s history especially the contribution Sweet Auburn and the King Historic District have made to Atlanta, the USA, and the world through Dr. King’s efforts and legacy.

A better understanding of Atlanta’s economic and cultural development since the Civil War including Coca Cola’s major support. 

AND… despite the perception that Atlanta is a little hilly for biking, the realization that there are quite a few bike friendly routes through our fair city!  And more safe streets routes and support being developed all the time.  The bicycling future is very bright for Atlanta.

Q.  Favorite Atlanta bike tour?

A.  I am partial to our Heart Of The City historical and cultural tour.  Our new Atlanta Art Tour is pretty darned amazing too.  And on my own time I like to ride down to and around Piedmont Park, out on the Silver Comet Trail, or on the PATH to Stone Mountain.

Q.  24 hours to eat in Atlanta: where are you going, and what are you eating?  

A.  Would go one last round of my regular haunts:

Breakfast:  Flying Biscuit Cafe for eggs, especially with some black bean “”love cakes””! 

Lunch:     Alon’s on N. Highland for lunch with one of their lamb sandwiches and a side of garbanzo bean salad.  

Dinner:  Neighborhood favorite Shorty’s at Toco Hills—Snoop Dogg Pizza (salami, banana peppers, and feta cheese schizzle), Caesar Salad (includes whole white anchovies), and one (or two) of their carefully chosen draft beers.

After:    Stop in at Manuel’s for more liquid refreshment and conversation.

Q.  Favorite neighborhood?

A.  Virginia Highlands, Poncey Highlands, Inman Park, Old 4th Ward, Cabbagetown, Sweet Auburn, Morningside/Lenox Park

Q.  What are Bicycle Tours of Atlanta?

A.  A commercial bicycle tour company operating out of Studioplex in the Old 4th Ward and proud to be  Trip Advisor’s #1 Activity In Atlanta!  We lead 3 hour leisurely historical, cultural, and art bicycle tours of Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods along gentle routes.  All you have to do is is show up and we supply the bicycles, helmets, water, snacks, and narratives.  There is no better way to see Atlanta up close and personal!

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Jon Effron is widely regarded as one of the leading Realtors in Atlanta, working with both buyers and sellers throughout the metro area to maximize their real estate investments. In 2014, Jon was the #1 individual agent at Keller Williams Intown, one of the largest brokerages in Intown Atlanta. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Jon was the Vice President of Development at Tujay Group, an Atlanta real estate development firm. His career pre-real estate included stints at, eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and Elite Traveler magazine, where he served as the Vice President of Marketing.