Robyn Elliott, Owner – Bicycle Tours of Atlanta
Wheeling in the birth of great ideas is a natural for the bicycle! For Einstein, it was the “Theory of Relativity”. For me, it was Bicycle Tours of Atlanta. While we all watched the residential construction industry come to a slow pace and then a complete halt in mid 2008, I knew I had to do something different! My days as a construction inspector were numbered and it was finally time for me to pursue a passion. From the time I was a kid to a teen and all the way through my adult life, I’ve had a strong relationship with the bicycle.
So, I decided to turn to my first and most enduring love for inspiration (the bicycle) and create a way to make living. I have always enjoyed showing off my home town of Atlanta and knew that the time had come for this southern city to have her very own bike touring company!
I want to invite you to join me. Seeing Atlanta’s intown neighborhoods, downtown and midtown on a bike will be the highlight of your Atlanta adventure. I’m sure you’ll agree with President John F. Kennedy when he said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride”. Combine that with this great city and you’ll be in cycling heaven! Hope to see you soon!
Doug Wiley, Sales & Marketing Director / Tour Guide
A “transplant” to Atlanta from Wisconsin, Doug has been riding his bicycle through and enjoying our intown neighborhoods for 37+ years. His first Atlanta tour experience was guiding his parents on bike through the same intown neighborhoods featured on BTA tours—and his father is still talking about that memorable afternoon together in “the big city!”. A refugee from the music business, Doug still can’t “pass” as a Southerner, but loves turning guests on to the history and culture of his adopted hometown of Atlanta, especially Atlanta’s role in the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement.
Chantelle Rytter is an Atlanta artist with a New Orleans background. Her particular interest is in creative events based in civic participation and public space. Chantelle invites everyone to participate in her projects, which include The Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade, The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade, and The Annual Gnome March World Record Attempt. Chantelle is great fun to go for a ride with and knowledgeable about our city’s art, history, and culture. She is an active advocate for cycling and the arts and serves on the steering committee of Atlanta Streets Alive as Captain of the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons.
Brent was born in the great white northlands of Maine, where he found his first bike waiting beneath the Christmas tree. He fell head over heels in love with cycling on a tour across the US in 2004. He then toured New Zealand and Cuba, before moving to Atlanta in 2010. When he’s not tinkering on bikes or guiding tours he can be found growing vegetables, volunteering at Sopo bike co-op, playing bike polo.
Tim is thrilled to be riding w/BTA. He is a 20 year resident of Atlanta, having moved here from St. Augustine FL., where for 8 years he worked as a tour guide in the nation’s oldest city. Since living in Atlanta he has worked as an actor, bartender, talk show host, file clerk for the lower House @ the Georgia State Capitol, standardized patient and now bicycle tour guide for BTA! His favorite part about working w/ BTA is sharing and telling the story of his adopted home: Atlanta-“The City Built In A Forest”. Special skills include standing on one foot, playing the harmonica, and juggling all @ the same time. Welcome all and ever forward! Ride on!
A first generation Columbian/American, Lucy first began bicycling as a commuter. Biking is now her preferred method of transportation for recreation, group rides, and exploring Atlanta. Her hobbies include bike polo, belly dancing, rock climbing, gardening, and cooking. She is focussed on local initiatives, community groups, and projects including Living Walls, Sopo Bicycle Cooperative, and Truly Living Well–all of which provide great Atlanta intown perspective and info when she tours with our guests! Lucy will soon be graduating with a Bachelors in Architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University. A very well-rounded individual, Lucy’s current fascination is the Atlanta urban agricultural scene–and she may be training to be an urban farmer sometime soon too!
Richard Turner is our amazing #1 Sweep — which means he pulls up the rear, secures intersections and will stop at nothing to get our bike tours safely through the city! Richard has been with BTA since early 2011 and is a true Atlanta bike commuter. When he is not herding bikes, he is using his talents in the field of art as a sculptor, painter, graphic designer and carpenter. A multi-talented individual!
Teresa Hlywa moved back to her home town (from Tampa) in the Spring of 2011 and has been working for BTA every since. She’s a fun and informative guide on tours as well as a multi-talented business woman when she’s not rolling around town on two wheels! She’s a bookkeeper, professional organizer and has just launched a new business as a Thermography Technician! Learn more about what she does here. Very cool stuff! We are lucky to have her make time for our tours and we know you’ll enjoy her “take” on Atlanta!