Cyclists invited to “Tour de Lights,” free bike tour of festive Atlanta neighborhoods
On Thursday, Dec. 14, cyclists of all stripes are invited to deck their bikes in festive holiday lights and participate in The Mobile Social’s seventh annual “Tour de Lights.” The seven-mile bike tour will take riders on a journey through some of Atlanta’s most cheerful neighborhoods to enjoy bright lights and vibrant decorations. After the ride, participants will park their bikes at Midtown’s Colony Square and enjoy a jolly celebration including holiday-inspired fare and beverages, giveaways and more.
“This marks the seventh year of Tour de Lights, and we hope it will be the brightest, most festive bike ride yet,” said ride leader Nadine Peever. “The Mobile Social, sponsored by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, was established to create a larger cycling community in our city through fun events like this one. This year, we are excited to partner with Colony Square, a community dedicated to promoting alternate transportation, and we can’t wait to see what the Colony Square team has planned for our riders.”
The Tour de Lights, led by The Mobile Social’s experienced ride leaders, will meet near the Charles Allen entrance of Piedmont Park and leave at 6:30 p.m. Riders from Piedmont Park will convene with additional participants at Woodruff Park and depart at 7 p.m. From the park, riders will bike along the Freedom Parkway Path to Virginia Highland, stopping at the Jimmy Carter Center for a sparkling view of the city. After the quick break, the route will proceed through Virginia Highland back to Piedmont Park and continue up 14th Street to the final destination at Colony Square.
After the tour, revelers are welcome to mix and mingle with the community at Colony Square while celebrating the most wonderful time of year. The post-ride event will feature delicious lite bites from food trucks, holiday craft cocktails from the alcohol truck Sunshine Alchemy, fire pits to keep guests warm and a merry little s’mores kit.
“The Tour de Lights is an extension of The Mobile Social’s mission to make cycling an everyday, everybody activity. Every month TMS puts on a stress-free, social ride for everyone who wants to ride, and the Tour de Lights is usually the biggest one of the year,” said Colony Square mobility concierge Kip Dunlap. “For many families, driving around looking at holiday lights displays is a tradition. The Tour de Lights is all about having that same magical experience in a more sustainable, urban way.”
Cyclists from beginner to expert levels are invited to participate in the Tour de Lights. Interested riders without bikes can use the Relay Bike Share amenity at Piedmont Park or Woodruff Park, then return them at Colony Square’s rack adjacent to the property.
In anticipation of the Tour de Lights, Colony Square launched “Oh, What Fun It Is to Ride,” a social media giveaway for a $500 gift certificate towards an electric Edison Bike. More than 800 entries have been received, so act fast and make sure to enter for a chance to win here.
Participation in Tour de Lights is free; food and beverage costs vary.
To learn more about happenings at Colony Square, follow the Midtown destination on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more information about Tour de Lights, visit colonysquaremidtown.com or the Tour de Lights Facebook page.
About Colony Square:
At the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets, Colony Square is not only the heart of Midtown, it’s the heart of Atlanta – an original icon at the very center of the ever-rising capital of the modern South. Today, Colony Square is becoming an icon of another kind, bringing the Art of Modern Life to Midtown. Featuring 940,000 square feet of office space, 260,000 square feet of retail space, a 466-room hotel and 262 luxury residences, the reimagined Colony Square will be known as a foodie haven; shopping mecca; sophisticated business hub; events destination; and an amenity-rich, arts-infused place to gather with community and soak up Midtown’s vibe. Open, walkable and transit-friendly, the reimagined Colony Square, like all great city squares, will be seamlessly connected to the vibrant energy of the streets around it.
About North American Properties
Founded in 1954, North American Properties is a privately held, multi-regional real estate operating and development company that has acquired, developed and managed more than $5 billion of mixed-use, retail, multifamily and office properties across the United States. Rooted in its purpose-driven approach to development, North American Properties believes in creating great places that connect people to each other; cities to their souls; partners to opportunities; and individuals to experiences that move them. Headquartered in Cincinnati, with offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Myers, Florida, the company has developed 22 million square feet of commercial space and 19,000 residential units in 15 states and 67 cities. In the past three years, North American Properties has launched 36 projects totaling $2.2 billion in total capitalization. In metro Atlanta, North American Properties led the turnaround of Atlantic Station and the ground up development of Avalon. Currently, the team is redeveloping the reimagined Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta, and executing the ground up development of mixed-use destinations in Gwinnett County, Georgia and Sayreville, New Jersey. For more information, visit naproperties.com.