Filthy Pick: Best way to explore the city without spending a dime: Bike culture
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BIKE CULTURE: Critics Pick for Best Way to Explore the City Without Spending a Dime (Critical Mass July ride pictured)
Photo by Alan Friedman
Atlanta has always been known as a car-centric city. And with its endless hills, dangerous intersections and crazy drivers, its never been a particularly hospitable place for cyclists. Yet, despite all hindrances, BIKE CULTURE persists and even thrives here. And its not simply spandex-clad racers or gear-headed mountain bikers taking to the streets. The current two-wheel craze has become a low-tech, egalitarian social movement that embraces all kinds of bikes three-speeds, fixies, cruisers, road bikes, junkers for the purpose of riding for recreation and basic transportation. Neighborhood rides have become commonplace all across the city, most notably the monthly Critical Mass gatherings, in which sometimes hundreds of riders take over the streets of downtown Atlanta. Because thats how we roll.