NO CARS ALLOWED: Get out of the car and onto the Beltline for a walk, hike, run, or bike ride.

Joeff Davis

NO CARS ALLOWED: Get out of the car and onto the Beltline for a walk, hike, run, or bike ride.

4 things to do without a car 

It is possible to have a life beyond the automobile in Atlanta


The Eastside Trail may be the most popular part of the Beltline, but other scenic parts of the ever-developing loop often get overlooked, like the Northside Trail near Collier Hills or the more hiker-ready West End Trail southwest of the Atlanta University Center. You don't need a car to enjoy the changing Art on the Atlanta Beltline exhibits or the urban nature trails, especially with the brand-new Beltline police force to address safety concerns.


Easy access to MARTA trains — the Decatur stop drops you dead in the center of the square — and a pedestrian-friendly downtown make Decatur an ideal destination for the carless. Stop by Pinewood Tippling Room or Paper Plane for a cocktail, Twain's brewpub for beer and a game of pool, darts, or shuffleboard, Java Monkey for Sunday poetry readings, or Eddie's Attic for a show. Be wary of getting stranded, though — the last MARTA train runs around 1 a.m., and cabs can get expensive.


Learn up on some Atlanta history with a trek along the city's railroad tracks. Local architect Jeff Morrison leads the three-mile tours beneath the city, using the old transportation system to unearth insight into the state of Atlanta today. Find the group on Facebook for info about upcoming tours.


Monthly gathering where folks gear up in headlamps and kooky costumes to bike around Atlanta under the glow of the full moon. Meet at Java Lords in Little Five Points at 11:45 p.m. ready to hit the streets at midnight. Details on the event's Facebook page.

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