I LOVE riding in and around Doraville.
It’s really great, why?
Drivers are considerate – Doraville has a higher immigrant and middle-class population than a lot of other areas I ride in. These two characteristics seem to lead to more cautious and considerate drivers. This is obviously heuristic but that doesn’t negate the experiences I’ve had during the hours riding on the roads here.
The roads connect to other places – Doraville is great for riding in as well as riding through. This is a pass-through to all sorts of places. From here I can get to Stone Mountain, Downtown Atlanta, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Norcross pretty much anywhere can be routed to from here.
There are actual side roads during rush hour that are not used as commuter short cuts – this is the most amazing thing. There are roads here, that are nice to ride that are not clogged with aggressive drivers during the prime 3:30pm-6:30pm hours. And they connect to other places!
Stuff to look at and people to see – There’s always things to see in this area. Businesses, traffic on the interstate, planes taking off and landing at the Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, you can even see Stone Mountain from behind the Farmer’s Market riding on New Peachtree Road. Lots of pedestrians using Marta. And this is weird to say but there used to be an AA on Stewart Road I would ride by late at night and there were always people outside talking, smoking cigarettes and it was kinda nice to have people around. I don’t use my bicycle to go places and shop but if I did this would be great place too, grocery stores and specialty shops are easily accessible by bike. Plus there are a ton of good restaurants.
Most top-end riders head west and end up dealing with dickheads from the wealthy areas of North Buckhead or the more congested streets closer to Atlanta on the top-end Northwest side. It’s a shame there aren’t any group rides that pass through here to Brookhaven.
If you’re ever in the area, here’s a little 45 minute route to show off some of the sights.