Whether you're a resident or visiting cycling enthusiast, Athens has something for everyone when it comes to bikes! Spend any amount of time here and you will see that bicycles are a common form of transportation and recreation for Athens residents, UGA students, and visitors. Local bike shops have you covered with rental, repair, and retail service so you are ready to hit the trails around town!
The Hub, located in Five Points, provides rental options for both road bikes and mountain bikes. Whether you want to cruise around town enjoying the sights on two wheels, take a mountain bike for a spin at Trail Creek Park, or join a group ride, the friendly staff at the Hub will get you set up with everything you need to enjoy Athens on a bike. Staying in a hotel downtown? Hotel Indigo and the Graduate Hotel provide complimentary bicycles to guests. UGA students and faculty can take advantage of Bulldog Bikes, a free campus bike share program. Simply register, swing by a UGA library, check out a bike, and enjoy the ride!
Retail, Repair & Group Rides
Stop by Sunshine Cycles, Georgia Cycle Sport, or Ben's Bikes for all your cycling retail and repair needs. Check out BikeAthens on Thursday evenings for Fix-Your-Own Bike workshops, where you can learn from the experts in a laid back, fun atmosphere. Visit AthensGA Bicycling website for a comprehensive schedule of group rides, or call a local shop to get the scoop!
Trail Creek Park offers over 4 miles of mountain bike designed, multi-use trails that make it easy to have a great time no matter your skill level. With trail names like Drive-By Truckers, Widespread, and Panic, you are bound to have a fun time! The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association provides a list of other mountain biking trails near Athens.
The North Oconee River Greenway and Firefly Trail provide delightful options for paved path biking excursions, ideal for family outings with kids! Both trails connect to Dudley Park, a 32-acre park just a short walk from downtown Athens. Free parking is available off E Broad Street, Oconee Street, and S. Poplar Street behind the original Mama's Boy restaurant. New sections of the Greenway are underway, increasing connectivity through Athens and the University of Georgia's campus.
Hop on a bike, and experience the sights and sounds along the river and around town as you bike across beautiful bridges and past famous Athens landmarks!