Commuter Spotlight: Dan Harris
Dan Harris is an avid bike commuter and one of the winners of the Road Warrior Award at the 2016 Georgia Commute Honors. A Senior Analyst at Verizon Telematics, Dan’s regular five-mile bike commute accounts for his workplace, Verizon, having won the Atlanta Bike Challenge two years running.
“I hang posters in the break rooms and elevators, and send daily email reminders encouraging people to try biking,” Dan says. The culmination of his efforts was a “Try-A- Bike Day” at Verizon where nearly 100 employees rode a bike — many for the first time in years.
Dan says that it does take some advance planning to use his bike for traveling to the office. “I have to schedule my time, get up early, and make sure I have gear with me to repair a flat.” However, Dan says the benefits outweigh the challenges. “I kill multiple birds with one stone. I get my exercise in. And it benefits me at work because I feel energized, not lethargic.” Since he began logging his trips on the Georgia Commute Options website in 2011, Dan has completed 1,252 bike trips for a reduced greenhouse gas reduction of 4987 pounds. In 2015, he logged 185 bike trips.