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New bike route links Chattanooga and Atlanta

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Let’s face it. The traffic you’ll face driving from Chattanooga to Atlanta is so terrible that it would probably be just as quick to ride your bike between the two cities. 

That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but if you’re considering it anyway, a new bike route has been established that links Chattanooga to Atlanta. U.S. Bike Route 21 is about 161 miles long and begins in downtown Atlanta at the Five Points MARTA Train Station and ends at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

The route will consist of all existing trails and bike lanes, reported The Marietta Daily Journal. After its beginning in downtown Atlanta, the route travels along Peachtree Street, and then links up with the Silver Comet Trail northwest of the city.

The route then travels through Cobb and Paulding counties on the Silver Comet Trail before turning north in Cedartown in Polk County and uses two-lane country roads to connect to Chattanooga.

The trail is part of a national network of similar routes intended to connect cities across the U.S., according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The association is a nonprofit group of state transportation officials working to establish the bike trail network.

U.S. Bike Route 21 will eventually connect to Cleveland, Ohio, as it continues to be developed, officials said.

Read more here.

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