Experience Buford Highway as you’ve never experienced it before – by bicycle! On Saturday, September 12, 2015, ride the inaugural Buford Highway Bikes and Bites and take a whirlwind tour of Atlanta’s most culturally and gastronomically diverse and vibrant neighborhood – and one of its most car-centric and bicycle-challenged corridors.
This revolutionary event, a 4 ½ mile, police-escorted bicycle ride and food tour, is organized by We Love BuHi, a community-based company dedicated to promoting Buford Highway, its places, plates and people, and Civil Bikes, a bike tour operator focused on bringing local civil and human rights stories to life. Safety and support will be provided by the City of Doraville Police Department, which will escort the ride with patrol cars, and Performance Bicycle Atlanta, which will offer pre-ride tune-ups. The moderately strenuous route starts and ends at the empty, overgrown lot located at 5114 Buford Hwy Northeast in Doraville and covers hilly terrain that may not be suitable for novice cyclists.
Riders will have an opportunity to sample BuHi’s acclaimed international cuisine at two water stops along the route and at the conclusion of the ride.* The first stop will be the brand-new City Farmers Market, where riders will be served banh cam, Vietnamese sesame balls filled with mung bean paste, from Viet Tofu. The second stop will be at the Interactive College of Technology, where riders can enjoy BBQ pork buns from Oriental Pearl. During the second stop, the group will hear brief remarks from participating local officials including Bates Mattison, Brookhaven Council Member, and Thomas Hogan, Chamblee Council Member, regarding biking plans in their respective communities.
At ride’s end, each participant will receive pork banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) from Quoc Huong, a cabeza (beef cheek) taco from El Rey del Taco and bubble milk tea from Sweet Hut Bakery. There may even be post-ride festivities!
Registration for BuHi Bikes and Bites is $30 and includes admission and all food and drink selections. Please register for the ride at buhibikesandbites.eventbrite.com.
We Love BuHi was created by Marian Liou, who as a second-generation Chinese-American has been eating on Buford Highway and places like it her whole life, and who grew up biking everywhere in Davis, California, home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Follow Marian’s BuHi exploits on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the handle @welovebuhi.
Civil Bikes was founded by Nedra Deadwyler, who grew up in Griffin, Georgia, and DeKalb County, and whose love of bicycling was rekindled after living in New York City and Seattle. Civil Bikes aims to build community by directly engaging people with the sometimes hidden but always rich history of the places in which they live, play and bike. Find out more about Nedra and Civil Bikes at www.civilbikes.com.
If you are interested in corporate or individual sponsorship opportunities or have any questions regarding the ride or We Love BuHi, please contact the ride organizer at [email protected].
*Stops, food selections and participating restaurants are subject to change. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will not be provided on this year’s ride.
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Start and End Point: Empty lot at 5114 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville GA 30340
Directions: The lot is located between two shopping plazas – Intown Plaza (home to Spicy Gaga Duck and Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot) and Asian Square (which boasts BuHi Bikes and Bites vendors Sweet Hut Bakery and Quoc Huong).
MARTA: From the Doraville MARTA station (last stop on the Gold Line), take Park Avenue south to Buford Hwy, make a left turn onto Buford Hwy, and the empty lot will be 0.7 miles down Buford Hwy on the right.
Parking: Parking is available on the lot.