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Riding Around Atlanta: Episode 2. Roswell to Buckhead

* This route is suggested for experienced riders that have logged miles on the road for some time and feel comfortable in higher traffic zones.

RATING (1 Bicycle is Lowest, 5 Bicycles is Highest)

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RIDING AROUND ATLANTA

Atlanta has grown substantially over the past decades.  Areas that used to be green landscapes and farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and houses.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for alternate modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta is made up of several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock.  These are closely tied by major highways as well as beautiful back roads.

On this episode of Riding Around Atlanta we will be talking about a route from Roswell to Buckhead, a few miles north of Downtown Atlanta.  Be mindful that our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making your trip excessively long.

SUMMARY

The Route starts in downtown Roswell where you can get some nice coffee at Provisions or Crazy Love and heads down south from there.  It is approximately 18 miles with 920ft. of climbing and a net loss in elevation of about 100 feet.  It should take about one and a half hours for the average cyclist (12mph average).   It is somewhat hilly so make sure that you are comfortable climbing for several minutes at a time.  We try to avoid Hwy 9 (Roswell Rd.) since we are not particularly fond of that road.

THE ROUTE

Starting from Downtown Roswell head south on Canton St. and take a right on Magnolia Rd then a left onto Mimosa Rd.  Turn right onto Bulloch Ave. right before getting to Hwy 120 (Mariettta Hwy).  Ride all the way to Bulloch Hall then take a left and ride through the parking lot down to Hwy 120.  Once on Hwy 120 it is recommended you take the multi modal transportation path (see photo below) alongside the highway.

Once you approach Willeo Rd, take a left and go across Hwy 120 towards the river.  Willeo Rd. is very scenic all the way to the roundabout that leads to Lower Roswell Rd.  Once on Lower Roswell Rd., second exit on the round-about, you will be going uphill for a few minutes.  It is not an easy climb but there is a nice bike lane so traffic should not be an issue for the most part.  At the top of Lower Roswell Rd. you will get to a big intersection that meets Johnson’s Ferry Rd.

 
Take a left onto Johnson’s Ferry Rd. and try to stay on the right lane.  While Johnson’s Ferry Rd. is a busy road, it has three lanes which gives cars plenty of space to go around.  Before getting to the river there is a long downhill where speeds can exceed 40mph on a bicycle.  Be very careful on this part of the ride.  Once across the Chattahoochee river it is all uphill on a bike lane until you reach Sandy Springs.  You are already on another city!

SANDY SPRING

Now it’s time to head further south.  Once you go up the hill on Johnson’s Ferry Rd. and you get to where it flattens you will have to turn right to continue Johnson’s Ferry Rd., otherwise you will continue into Abernathy Rd.  It is now a little calmer although a two-lane road, so watch out for traffic and obstacles on the road.  Take a right turn onto Sandy Springs Cir. then right again on Mt. Vernon.  Now you are in the North Buckhead / Sandy Springs suburbs.  These neighborhoods are full of beautiful houses and parks.

After only a few hundred feet on Mt. Vernon Rd. take a left onto Lake Forrest Dr.  Here you will encounter what some of us call “rollers”.  They are a series of hills that go up and down in a very dramatic way, one right after the other.  They look worse than what they really are.  Just keep “rolling” until you get to Chastain Park.  Once in Chastain Park you are already in Buckhead!  Keep heading south on Lake Forrest Dr. alongside Chastain Park and the North Fulton Golf Course.  This area is particularly beautiful and well worth the ride.

After passing Chastain Park and reaching the top of Lake Forrest where it intersects with Powers Ferry Rd. you will go across onto Putnam Dr. NW then quickly make a left turn onto Blackland Rd and across Hwy 9 to Piedmont Rd. 

Now you are in the uptown part of the city of Atlanta, Buckhead district.  Roads are wider and more trafficked but with several bike lanes on the main arteries.  Here you can decide to take different roads and explore what Buckhead is all about.  Enjoy the breath-taking city sky scrapers, have some coffee or go shopping in this beautiful and upscale part of Atlanta. 

WHAT TO SEE:

  • Lenox Mall
  • Phipps Plaza Mall
  • Many, many, many restaurants and bars
  • Beautiful skyline
  • Streets of Buckhead Complex
  • Governor’s Mansion on West Pace Ferry Rd.
  • Beautiful Neighborhoods

*Disclaimer
Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

 

 

E- Bikes at Roswell Bicycles

JUMP INTO THE FUTURE… with Roswell Bicycles’ E-Bike Selection

E-Bikes are officially in and we are proud to have an incredible selection in store.  We have tons of them for you to see, try and experience for yourself why E-Bikes are so great.  There is an incredible amount of benefits to having an E-Bike.  Whether it be to keep up with your local group ride, shorten your commute time or just have more fun on the bike, E-Bikes are just an efficient way of improving your overall experience and making what you love even better…

Here are some examples of the E-Bikes that are currently available in our store.

SPECIALIZED TURBO LEVO and TURBO VADO – One for the street and one for the mountain.  With incredible features like integrated lights, racks and speeds of up to 28mph these bikes will have you with a grin on your face. 

GIANT ROAD-E and QUICK-E – Giant offers their own variety of E-Bikes.  The Quick-E makes for a great commuter while the Road-E is an incognito road bike that will have you crushing your opponents at the local group rides or setting personal records. 

Come by our store and see our selection.  Our staff will be more than happy to find the E-Bike that best suits your riding style and needs.  Demos will be available and they are a great way to experience the future of cycling, Fast, Efficient and Fun...

 

Riding Around Atlanta: Episode 1 Roswell to Alpharetta

RATING (1 Bicycle = Low, 5 Bicycles = High)

Atlanta has grown a good bit over the past years.  Areas that used to be green landscapes with nothing but farms are now urban/suburban centers full of restaurants, shopping malls and housing developments.  Fortunately for us there are several multimodal transportation advocacy groups, like Bike Roswell! and Bike Alpharetta, that encourage these developing areas to incorporate infrastructure for other modes of transportation, in this case bicycles.  North Atlanta / Fulton has several cities like Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta and Woodstock between others.  These are closely tied by major highways as well as beautiful back roads that are good for some great rides. 

We all ride bicycles for different reasons.  Some people ride their bicycles as a hobby, some as a way of transportation and others for fitness and health.  No matter what your motive is, you can find a good place to ride around Roswell. Here are several recommendations on roads you can take from Roswell to other cities in the North Atlanta Area.  Our recommendations, while not free of traffic, are practical and relatively safe without making your trip excessively long.

Roswell to Alpharetta

Route #1

The most direct route to Alpharetta from Downtown Roswell is via Highway 9, however, we do not recommend riding your bicycle on roads like Hwy 9 (Alpharetta Hwy).  When leaving downtown Roswell there are two “bike friendly” arteries that will get you across Hwy 92.  These are Woodstock Rd. and Crabapple Rd.  Out of these two we prefer Woodstock Rd.  While the route is a tad longer it has a flatter profile and provides better scenery through some nice suburban neighborhoods.  Once across Hwy 92 you can turn right onto Hardscrabble which is basically a straight shot to Alpharetta.  Roads like Mayfield Rd. and Mid Broadwell are the two best ways to approach Alpharetta.  This route takes you through Milton, home of the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub which hosts the Olde Blind Dog Cycling Club.  Length is approximately 10 miles and should take less than an hour for the average rider.

Route #2

An alternate route to the one mentioned above is to take Westside Pkwy all the way to Academy St.  To reach Westside Parkway from Downtown Roswell you must take Norcross St. heading east to Grimes Bridge Rd. then continue onto Old Roswell Rd which turns into Westside Pkwy.  This route has 2+ lane roads and bike shoulders, however, the speed limits are higher (45mph) so make sure you are comfortable with vehicles passing at those speeds.  Another benefit to this route is the fact that it takes you through Avalon.  This new live/work/play complex holds numerous businesses and restaurants which make it a destination of its own.  This route is approximately 9 miles and should take less than an hour.

Things to see in Alpharetta:

• Alpharetta City Hall
• Avalon
• Wills Park
• North Point Mall
• Alpharetta Greenway
• Jekyll Brewing

Disclaimer
Roswell Bicycles Inc. or any entity related to Roswell Bicycles Inc. is not liable for any damages that may arise out of the use of public roads posted in this article.  This post is meant to be informative and by no means makes Roswell Bicycles responsible.

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