MEET YOUR TOUR GUIDES
Robyn Elliott, Owner of 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!
Victoria comes to Atlanta by way of the Hudson Valley region in NY and has been calling the ATL home since 2006. Her parents are from Spain and she is first generation American and, of course, speaks fluent Spanish! Before joining BTA, she volunteered as a walking tour guide for the Atlanta History Center. Her love of history, and the people who made it, is evident during her tours. She’s a gifted story teller and a heck of lot of fun to hang out with! She also loves trail running, crossword puzzles and adding to her collection of vintage yearbooks. However, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her beautiful daughter, Amelia, who is also bi-lingual -– we call that a tour guide in training!
Tim is thrilled to be riding with BTA. He moved to Atlanta in 1993 from St. Augustine FL., where for eight 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 at the Georgia State Capitol, standardized patient and now bicycle tour guide for BTA! His favorite part about working with us is sharing and telling the story of his adopted home: Atlanta-“The City Built In A Forest.” However, his favorite role in life is being “Father” to his son Coltrane, who will often assist on our tours. Tim’s special skills include standing on one foot, playing the harmonica, and juggling — all at the same time. Welcome all and ever forward! Ride on!
Walt’s a recent retiree from Coca-Cola. He has lived more than half his life in Atlanta, having moved here almost 40 years ago. He likes to say he wasn’t born here but got here as fast as could. He enjoys sharing his love of the city with natives and out-of-towners alike; everyone learns something new on our tours. He’s an avid recreational cyclist (no racing!), including doing lots of multi-day bicycle trips (to places like New Orleans; Gulf Shores, AL; Savannah; Indianapolis; along the Mississippi River in Minnesota and along the Natchez Trace in Mississippi). So when he’s not showing off his hometown with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta he’s probably riding his bike anyway (or at the rodeo with his beautiful wife, Jeanel!). Walt is a member of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and also volunteers with the Atlanta Track Club.
Doug has been an important part of BTA since 2008. He lives in Roswell, Georgia where he owns a graphic design, photography and video business. Over the years, he has offered valuable council, professional services and unyielding encouragement. We are lucky that he loves cycling and leading tours so much that he’s willing to make the trek to Atlanta to help us with our large corporate and special events. He’s an avid cyclist, a dedicated bicycle advocate for his community, great friend and serious chocolate lover. Oh, and he has a very loud whistle, and knows how to use it! When he is not cycling or creating solutions for his clients, he is pedaling the Roswell Pedicab or doing his favorite thing — spending quality time with his very funny and lovable family: wife Peggy, and their amazing grown kids, Anna and John. If interested in connecting with him professionally, check out Fallon Design and Photography.
A first generation Colombian/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 focused 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!
Brad and his wife Marty have lived in Atlanta for 22 years raising two kids, three dogs and one cat. Brad recently retired from Wells Fargo, donned a back-pack, purchased a tent and hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Today, he spends his time riding his bike, managing a small business and of course leading tours for BTA. Brad has a love for the history of Atlanta and its neighborhoods. He is an active community participant in all things Atlanta Beltline, a volunteer for the Atlanta Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech and is an active member of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Interested in Becoming a Tour Guide?
The first thing we want to know about you is … have you ever done a bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta before? If not, we recommend you book a tour online first to see if this is really something that would be a good fit for your personality and skill set. We receive inquires weekly from interested candidates, but find that many have no idea what is involved. So, before we can check you out, you need to check us out. After the tour, if you still feel this is a good fit for you, please introduce yourself to the guide and let him know you’re interested in learning more about joining the team. We look forward to exploring this with you after you have seen a bicycle tour guide in action. Thanks and hope to see you on a tour soon.