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So we all know that biking to work is great workout all by itself. But what if you want to turn that workout up a notch? Do you have to add more hours on the bike to get really fit? Do you have to hang on to that gym membership after all?  Heck no.

Our friends at Total Women’s Cycling have put together an awesome workout plan that can be worked right into your bike commute (don’t be put off, dudes—you can do it too).  Hey, if you’ve got to go to work every day, you might as well be crushing it at the same time, right? Take a look at the list below if you want to really go after those buns of steel.

(And if you’d rather keep your ride to work at a relaxed pace, we’re all for that, too. In fact, you’ll probably find us meandering down the bike lane, sipping a smoothie from our handlebar cupholders.)

(Remember, no matter how intense your bike commute is, you can earn cash and prizes for it! Learn about Georgia Commute Options rewards here!)

Total Women’s Cycling Commute Training Plan:

1. Burn Fat

Why it’s good: Low intensity exercise is perfect for burning fat, and therefore ideal for weight loss. It also doesn’t involve working so hard that you end up sweaty and out of breath.

What to do: Aim to ride at a steady speed and intensity for your entire journey, using your gears at traffic lights to maintain the level of effort. You are looking to be a little bit out of breath, but still able to hold a conversation. 

2. Interval training

Why it’s good: This is great for increasing your fat burning zone so you use your energy stores more efficiently, and it will give you a good workout.

What to do: Increase your exertion and ride hard for 2 minutes at about 80% of your maximum heart rate; just below flat out. Then return to your normal speed and gearing for 3 minutes. Aim to repeat this 4 or 5 times over your commute where possible.

3. High-cadence spins

Why it’s good: Cycling with a higher cadence (which is essentially how fast your legs spin the pedals) is much more efficient than pushing hard gears with a low cadence, particularly when climbing. It can be hard to get used to though so training your legs into it is a very useful activity.

What to do: Drop down to an easier gear, and spin your legs as fast as you can for 2 or 3 minutes, then return to your comfortable gear for 8 minutes. Aim to do this several times during the journey. It’s surprisingly hard the first few times!

4. Sprints

Why it’s good: This will help improve your explosive power, giving you a better turbo boost when you need it for breakaways or overtaking. You can try this when you are moving away from traffic lights if the way is clear, or on long obstacle-free road sections.

What to do: Increase your cadence and gearing so you accelerate as fast as you can, and keep it up for 1 minute. Then return to your regular comfortable speed. Aim to repeat this 4 or 5 times over your journey where possible.

5. Strength training

Why it’s good: Get your legs ready for those hard uphills by improving your strength and building those shapely thigh and calf muscles. This will also give you power for pushing over obstacles on MTB trails.

What to do: After warming up, shift your gearing three places higher, so you have to push harder to move the pedals. Keep riding on this harder gear for 2 minutes, then switch back down to an easier gear for 3 minutes. Aim to repeat this 4 or 5 times over your commute where possible.

6. Distance and Endurance Training

Why it’s good: If you are training for an event or race, you need to get used to doing long rides. It will also give you the opportunity to work out what you need to fuel your ride and how to pace yourself.

What do to: Try and add an extra hour to your ride home. You may need to take a longer detour to fit this in; pick a nice quiet or picturesque route, and enjoy the ride.

7. Rest Day

Why it’s good: You’ll give your muscles a gentle stretch through riding, but won’t make them work hard.

What to do: Just ride your whole route at an easy, relaxed pace.



It’s Bike to Work Week, so what better time to sing the praises of city cycling? Biking to work is great because it’s pollution-free and takes cars off the road—lightening traffic for everyone.

And while we know it’s hard to give up your air-conditioned privacy pod in favor of a commute that breaks a sweat, we have a feeling you’ll find it worth the effort. In fact, we’re confident that before too long, you’ll be a bona fide bike snob for life.

Why is biking to work the best? We grabbed a few pointers from Bike NYC:

Save money. Quit the gym!

In New York, it’s the bridges. In Georgia, it’s the hills. Pedal this terrain a couple times a week and you can cancel that gym membership. #ThighsofSteel

Biking is good for the planet

We’ve been saying it for years: When we reduce cars on the road, we reduce emissions and smog too. Some of you guys do it by carpooling, vanpooling or transit—and others do it by bike.

Get places fast

This one might be debatable in some neighborhoods—but hey, wouldn’t you rather be zipping downhill with the wind in your hair than sitting still at a red light? Case closed.

It's fun!

Again, we say: Downhill. There’s nothing like it.

See the city from a new perspective

With the windows up and the radio blasting, there are so many Atlanta sights, sounds and smells that you miss. Take a whiff from a bike seat and your worldview shifts.

Make new friends

You know who cyclists love? Other cyclists. Metro Atlanta’s got tons of trails and group rides that can give you a whole new crew. Find a few of them here!

Check out Bike NYC’s post for the full list. Then dig your bike out of the garage and take it for a spin in the general direction of your office!

 

And don’t forget, making the switch from driving alone to biking to work could earn you cash and prizes from Georgia Commute Options! Learn how here.



If you commute via interstate highway, you’re sharing the road vehicles of all sizes and speeds—including 18-wheelers. How would your commute change if those semi trucks had a lane all to themselves?  Officials are taking a closer look at that possibility as we speak.

WABE reports:

        Georgia transportation officials are studying how to add semi-only lanes for truck traffic on Interstate 75 between Macon and Atlanta's southern suburbs.

        The truck-only lanes are among nearly a dozen major transportation initiatives Gov. Nathan Deal announced earlier this year.

According to Georgia DOT Planning Director Jay Roberts, the goals of these new lanes would be to reduce congestion and improve safety by separating the big rigs from cars and motorcycles.

What’s your take? Would you rather cruise in a truck-free lane? Or do you think we’re better off with lanes open to all vehicles?

(You know, trucks or no trucks, those lanes could get a lot less crowded if more of us shared the ride to and from work. Learn how you can get paid to make the switch from driving alone!)



It’s National Bike to Work Week, and road warriors all over metro Atlanta have jumped in the saddle on their way to work. But if an entire week is a bit daunting, how about trying it for just a day? Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and you can hop into a group ride with Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

From the AJC:

Dimitroff will ride a loop beginning and ending at the Georgia Dome, covering approximately 12 miles through downtown Atlanta.

The ride will start at 7:30 a.m. at Falcons Landing between the Georgia Dome and Phillips Arena on Andrew Young International Boulevard. Dimitroff will lead the route along with members of the Falcons front office and local cyclists.

If you’d like to join in the group ride, click here to register

Dimitroff has participated in Bike to Work Day each year since 2012.

We gotta admit, we’re big fans of Dimitroff for his commitment to making our city a better place to ride. In addition to hosting this group ride, he also took on the final leg of the 2016 Ride on Atlanta, covering nearly 90 miles from Athens to downtown to raise funds and awareness for safer cycling.

(And if you’re thinking of making biking to work your regular deal, there could be cash in it for you! Learn how you can earn rewards for making the switch from driving alone.)



Georgia Commute Honors 

8:43  Lights down, Erin Coleman up—here we go, folks! 

8:45  They’re going to give awards in five categories: Ride and Shine for outstanding schools, Rising Stars for our up-and-coming partners, Georgia DOT Leadership Award for outstanding employer representatives, Road Warriors for outstanding individual commuters, and the Best Overall Programs for outstanding employers and property managers.

8:46   Here comes GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, for the intro.

8:49   Fun fact: Georgia Commute Options has helped more than 1,600 employers and property managers and more than 100,000 commuters switch to better commutes. Another fun fact:  Every day, Georgia Commute Options partners and commuters keep a collective 1.1 million vehicle miles off the roads, save a combined $500,000 in commuter costs, and keep 550 tons of pollution out of the air. 

8:52   Governor Deal beamed in to congratulate all of today’s winners and nominees via the big screen. Nice!

8:54   Next up: Doug Hooker, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, to give opening remarks.

8:55   "We have to find ways innovate if we want to remain competitive" Doug Hooker, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission

8:59   OK folks, it’s trophy time. Here comes Keith Parker, everyone’s favorite MARTA CEO, to present the first category:  Rising Star.  This is for partners that are new to the Georgia Commute Options game but are showing a lot of early promise. Two awards in this category: Employer and Partner Champion.

9:00   FUN FACT: Businesses that partner with Georgia Commute Options can take advantage of employee ridematching, help building a telework plan, pre-tax benefits for commute costs, cash & prizes for your alternative-commuting employees, and more! Learn more here

9:01   First up: Rising Star Employer. Winner: Citizens Trust Bank!

9:02   Citizens Trust Bank, nominated by Central Atlanta Progress, used their recent office move as a springboard to promote alternative commutes to their employees. Since launching their program last year, they’ve converted 15% of their drive-alone commute to alternative commutes. Off to a killer start! Congrats, Citizens Trust Bank!

9:04   Next up: Rising Star Partner Champion. (This one goes to an individual, not a company. Someone who’s been a great point-of-contact for his/her company’s Georgia Commute Options partnership.) 

9:05   Winner: Jerry Travers of Bank of America!

9:06   Jerry has taken a personal interest in spreading Georgia Commute Options programs to Bank of America

employees. He has ensured that Georgia Commute Options has the support it needs to succeed within Bank of America’s office culture. We’re looking forward to seeing what comes next for Jerry and Bank of America. Congrats, Jerry Travers!

9:08   Here comes GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry to present the Georgia DOT Leadership Award. This one’s for an outstanding individual at one of our partner companies.

9:09   And it looks like we’ve got two winners for this award:  Renee Carter of Primerica, and Willie Taylor of U.S. Housing and Urban Development! 

9:10   Renee Carter is Georgia Commute Options contact at Primerica and leads a very enthusiastic program. From helping arrange tabling events to organizing commute competitions between office floors, she has really taken on the task of cleaning up Primerica’s commutes. Congrats, Renee Carter!

9:10   Willie Taylor leads HUD’s partnership with Georgia Commute Options, and under his leadership, his workplace won Best Overall Program at last year’s Georgia Commute Honors. Not only does he promote clean commuting, he’s a regular clean commuter himself. Congrats, Willie Taylor!

9:11   Next up: Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director of both the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the State Road and Tollway Authority, to present our Ride and Shine Schools Award!

9:11   FUN FACT: Schools that partner with Georgia Commute Options can get help shortening the car-rider line while also participating in contests, activities and our original project-based learning curriculum!

9:12   Three categories in the Ride and Shine Schools Award. First up: Administration.  Winner: KIPP Atlanta Collegiate! 

9:13   Instead of providing school buses, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate provides 300 free or reduced-price MARTA passes to their students each week. Not only does this get students riding transit, but eliminating an idling bus fleet has also ensured cleaner air on school grounds.

9:13   Congrats, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate!

9:14   Next up:  Teacher/PTA Award. Winner: Imhotep Academy!

9:14   Imhotep Academy reached out to Georgia Commute Options about setting up a carpool program for its students—and ended up being the pilot school for our new Pool to School online ridematcher.  Congrats, Imhotep!

9:15   Final Ride and Shine award: Students.  

9:16   Two winners in this category:  Pope High School and Craig Elementary School!

9:16   Pope High School’s Environmental Science Class took advantage of Georgia Commute Options’ original project-based curriculum to learn about transportation. Students then presented their projects to folks from the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Commute Options.

9:16   Craig Elementary School’s green team took on clean commuting in a big way when they dispatched to do a week’s worth of mode counts, school-wide. They’re now planning to a school-wide clean commute campaign to follow it up.

9:17   Congrats to Pope and Craig! 

9:18   Big moment:  Chris Tomlinson just announced that Clayton County Public Schools are partnering with Georgia Commute Options for the 2016-17 school year — and they’re the first district ever to do it!  Clayton becomes the second school district in the whole country to adopt a district-wide TDM program. Big news for Clayton County, and for us!

9:18   Next award: Road Warriors, our award for rock star individual commuters. Presenting the award: Becky Katz, Chief Bicycle Officer for the City of Atlanta.

9:19   Three winners in this category: Adam Shumaker, Daniel Harris, and Mike Jacobs.

9:20   You’ve seen Adam Shumaker’s work if you follow @marta_explorer on Instagram. He runs the MARTA Instagram feed and helped grow it organically to 2,000 followers. A long-time transit advocate, Adam even got married on MARTA! Congrats to Adam.

9:21   Dan Harris is an avid bike commuter nominated by Perimeter Connects. His regular five-mile bike commute accounts for his workplace, Verizon, having won the Atlanta Bike Challenge two years running. He also orchestrated a “Try-a-Bike” day at his office, arranging for loaned bikes and instructors from REI to school his colleagues in bike safety—with 100 riders participating! That’s a pollution-free fleet we can get behind. Congrats, Dan!

9:21   Judge Mike Jacobs takes MARTA every day from his home in Brookhaven to the Dekalb County State Court in Decatur—but this is old news to you if you follow @JudgeJacobs on Twitter. Judge Jacobs sends out regular MARTA selfies to his 1,177 Twitter followers. We’re loving the public display of transit affection. Congrats, Judge Mike Jacobs!

9:23   Final award of the day: Best Overall Program. This award recognizes workplaces that have implemented outstanding commute options programs for their employees and tenants. Five categories in this one: Small Employer, Medium Employer, Large Employer, Government Agency and Property Manager.

9:23   Small Employer winner: Georgia Natural Gas

9:24   Nominated by Midtown Transportation, Georgia Natural Gas contributes toward 50% of employee transit passes and has a robust telework program. 40% of staff telework at least once per week. Congrats, Georgia Natural Gas!

9:25   Medium Employer Winner: RentPath

9:26   RentPath worked with Livable Buckhead to promote commute options when it moved its office to the Buckhead area. It offers its employees a parking cash out pre-tax payroll deductions for transit. Nice work, RentPath! 

9:29   Large Employer winner: Primerica

9:29   In 2015 alone, Primerica’s Georgia Commute Options activities reduced 11,170 trips by employees—adding up to 280,233 miles not driven. Commute options saved those employees over $135,676. Those are some impressive numbers. Congrats, Primerica!

9:30   Government Agency winner: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

9:31   The CDC has made alternative commuting a priority to tackle traffic and parking issues for its 11,332 employees. It has over 5,000 regular teleworkers, 46 vanpools, 450 carpools and 100 bike racks. Not too shabby! Congrats, CDC.

9:32   Property Manager winner: Jamestown at Ponce City Market

9:34   Nominated by Midtown Transportation, Jamestown’s shuttles to nearby MARTA stations transport 6,500 tenants per month. In addition, they constructed a bridge to connect their property with the nearby Eastside BeltLine trail, promoting bike and walk accessibility to their property. Nice work, Jamestown!

9:36   And that was the last award of the day!  Commissioner Russell McMurry is back to give us the sign-off.

9:38   Thanks for following along with us—that’s a wrap on the 2016 Georgia Commute Honors. See you all next year!



Expect Significant Delays: Bridge Work for NWC Express Lanes Requires Multiple Lane Closures and Night Time Ramp Detour at the I-75/I-285 Interchange

WHAT:          Weather permitting, day time and night time lane closures as well as a night time detour will take place for bridge construction within the NWC project corridor at the I-75/ I-285 Interchange:  Expect significant delays and avoid this area, if possible, as I-75 Northbound and I-75 Southbound will experience both day time and night time lane closures.

WHEN:          Beginning Friday, April 15th at 10:00 p.m. through Monday, April 18th at 5:00 a.m.

WHERE:      

Friday, April 15th

I-75 Northbound Impacts:

                        Night time Lane Closures: Triple left lane closures on I-75 Northbound near I-285 between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

I-75 Southbound Impacts:

                        Night time Lane Closures: Double right lane closures on I-75 Southbound, including the ramp lane. The I-75 Southbound to I-285 Eastbound ramp (Exit 259A) will be closed (see detour information below). Closures will occur between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

                        Detour: Night time only: the I-75 Southbound ramp to I-285 Eastbound Collector Lanes (Exit-259A) will be closed between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Traffic will need to take the primary ramp (Exit-259) to access I-285 Eastbound from I-75 Southbound.

                        I-75 Night time Traffic Pacing: Both I-75 Southbound and I-75 Northbound lanes will experience intermittent traffic pacing between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.  This will consist of police and project vehicles slowing the pace of traffic in order to have bridge beams safely placed over the interstate.

Saturday, April 16th

I-75 Northbound Impacts:

                        Day time Lane Closures: Double left lanes closures on I-75 Northbound near I-285 between the hours of 5 a.m. -10 p.m.

                        Night time Lane Closures: Triple left lane closures on I-75 Northbound near I-285 between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

I-75 Southbound Impacts:

                        Day time Lane Closures: Single right lane closure on I-75 Southbound including the ramp lane between the hours of 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. The I-75 Southbound to I-285 Eastbound ramp (Exit-259A) will remain open.

                        Night time Lane Closures: Double right lane closures on I-75 Southbound, including the ramp lane. The I-75 Southbound to I-285 Eastbound ramp (Exit 259A) will be closed (see detour information below). Closures will occur between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

                        Detour: Night time only the I-75 Southbound ramp to I-285 Eastbound Collector Lanes (Exit-259A) will be closed between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Traffic will need to take the primary ramp (Exit-259) to access I-285 Eastbound from I-75 Southbound.

                        I-75 Night time Traffic Pacing: Both I-75 Southbound and I-75 Northbound lanes will experience intermittent traffic pacing between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.  This will consist of police and project vehicles slowing the pace of traffic in order to have bridge beams safely placed over the interstate.

Sunday, April 17th:

I-75 Northbound Impacts:

                        Day time Lane Closures: Double left lanes closures on I-75 Northbound near I-285 between the hours of 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th.

                        Night time Lane Closures: Triple left lane closures on I-75 Northbound near I-285 between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

 I-75 Southbound Impacts:

                        Day time Lane Closures: Single right lane closure on I-75 Southbound including the ramp lane between the hours of 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th. The I-75 Southbound to I-285 Eastbound ramp (Exit-259A) will remain open.

                        Night time Lane Closures: Double right lane closures on I-75 Southbound, including the ramp lane. The I-75 Southbound to I-285 Eastbound ramp (Exit 259A) will be closed (see detour information below). Closures will occur between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. on Friday, April 15th, Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th.

                        Detour: Night time only: the I-75 Southbound ramp to I-285 Eastbound Collector Lanes (Exit-259A) will be closed between the hours of 10 p m – 5 a.m. on Friday, April 15th, Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th. Traffic will need to take the primary ramp (Exit-259) to access I-285 Eastbound from I-75 Southbound.

                        I-75 Night time Traffic Pacing: Both I-75 Southbound and I-75 Northbound lanes will experience intermittent traffic pacing between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.  This will consist of police and project vehicles slowing the pace of traffic in order to have bridge beams safely placed over the interstate.

 

ADVISORY: Motorists are advised to exercise caution while driving in these areas. On-site message boards indicating dates, times and detour routes will be present in advance of these closures.

Additional construction and traffic impact information and detour maps are available at the NWC Project website at http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/GEL/NWC.

  



Are You Wasting $68,000 on Gas?

We’ve been saying it for years, folks: you could be saving tons of money if you switched from driving alone to a commute alternative.  And now, to back us up, the folks at WiseBread have done some commute math:

Let's assume you're an average person driving that average 38 miles to and from work each day. And let's also assume you're paying an average amount for gas, which is currently about $2 per gallon. If you drive a car that gets 30 miles per gallon, you're spending about $2.50 a day on gas, or about $12.50 a week. Assuming you may take a couple weeks off throughout the year from driving, this adds up to $625 annually.

And if you think $625 isn’t that impressive, click through to see how WiseBread claims you could turn it into $281,000 over a lifetime of commuting. That number’s nothing to sneeze at.

Clean commuting: It’s where the big bucks are!

 

Transportation, commute options, transit

  How 10 U.S. Cities Use Public Transit

More than a fifth of U.S. city-dwellers use public transit on a regular basis, according to a recent Pew Research survey.

Huge shocker: New York City boasts the most transit riders. Some of the other rankings, however, are surprising—like Los Angeles coming in second place

Click through to learn more about the study—and don’t forget, taking transit here in metro Atlanta can earn you cash and prizes from Georgia Commute Options. Learn how you can get up to $150 when you switch to transit from driving alone.

 

Five myths about bicycling

Now that we’re enjoying prime cycling weather (especially since the pollen is on its way out), people are pedaling their hearts out. But according to the News & Observer, there are still a lot of misconceptions about getting around on two wheels—related to everything from helmet use to average cyclist income.

Click through for a list of 5 Bike Myths out there, and let us know if you agree!

If you’re a regular bike commuter, you could win $50 in our Earth Week #cleangreencommute social media challenge. Learn more here



MARTA Uses Satire To Poke Fun At Atlanta Traffic

There’s a new movement for transit in the Atlanta region, and it comes with a hilarious new ad campaign. Click through for some good natured traffic bashing in the spirit of promoting transit.

And you know, commuting via transit can really pay off for you—in the form of cash and prizes from Georgia Commute Options! Learn here about how you can earn up to $150 if you make the switch to transit or another alternative to driving alone.

 

PATH Foundation Seeks To Add 37 Miles of Trails Around Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA -- The PATH Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary with plans to add 37 new miles of trails.

The PATH Foundation has spent the past 25 years building a network of off-road trails in and around Atlanta for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters. Since walking and cycling are two of our favorite commute modes, we’re excited about more trail space coming to our region.

Click through to read about PATH’s goals for funding their trail extensions. Then consider making walking or biking part of your daily trip to work!

Working From Home: How to Be a Productivity Ninja

It’s no secret that we’re totally on board with telework. It gets cars off the road, improves work-life balance, and gives you back the time you’d normally be stuck behind the wheel.

But how do you go from Telework Novice to Telework Ninja? This article has some tips—everything from streamlining your office space (feng shui, anyone?) to dressing for the day (tuck in that shirt, Gary), to scheduling regular breaks (long live the sacred hourly cupcake ritual).

Paying attention to the details is the best way to make telework work for you and your boss. And if your workplace doesn’t yet have a telework policy, we can help you build one! Learn more here.



Atlanta Region 2040: Gazing Into the Crystal Ball

Our Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is spreading the word on the Atlanta Region’s Plan, a long-range vision for metro Atlanta’s growth. Click through for the current snapshot and learn about highlights like:

  • 2.5 million people and slightly more than one million jobs projected for metro Atlanta by 2040.
  • Gwinnett County growing faster than any county in the Atlanta region.
  • The 20-County area is growing older AND getting younger. How? Read the plan to find out!

And don’t forget that as more people flock to Atlanta, we’ll be here to help match them all into carpools, vanpools, transit routes and more. You can get the jump on a better commute by starting at GaCommuteOptions.com.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month Reminds Drivers to Stay Alert

Pay attention, folks: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month—so you’d better not be reading this post from behind the wheel.

Last year, our Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) launched its #ArriveAliveGA program encouraging people to ditch the distractions while driving—distractions like texting, apps, eating and anything else that takes your eyes off the road.

GDOT estimates almost 80 percent of traffic fatalities come as a result of drivers not paying attention and engaging in activities like texting and driving.

 If you can’t bear to be out of the loop on your commute, we’ve got a perfect solution: Add a carpooler! Carpoolers can do more than fill seats; they can navigate, act as commute DJ, and take dictation for those important texts and emails. Plus, carpooling can earn you cash and prizes from Georgia Commute Options. Learn more here and consider carpooling for real.



Let This Hilarious New Zealand Campaign Convince You Not to Text & Drive

Texting and driving, tweeting and driving, snapchatting and driving—they’re all dangerous, and we know it. Distracted driving causes so many accidents that our own Georgia Department of Transportation has launched its own #ArriveAliveGA campaign to promote phone-free driving, and other cities are doing the same.

That’s how we discovered New Zealand’s outstanding contribution to the effort. (Thing we love: it features carpoolers!) Take a look at the video above, and hand your phone to a passenger while behind the wheel.

(Carpooling to work would give you more passengers to rely on. And we’ll pay you to try it out! Learn more here.)

National Walking Day is April 6! 

Walking is a solid way to get from Point A to Point B. It gets you moving, it’s pollution-free, and it gives you a chance to enjoy Atlanta’s amazing (and possibly short-lived) spring weather. We’d love it if you incorporated it into your daily commute—but if you need a smaller commitment, how about just giving us a day?

National Walking Day is this Wednesday, April 6! Sponsored by the American Heart Association, it’s designed to get us more active via a few hundred extra steps. Click through to learn more about the event, and consider walking to work sometime. We’ve got resources to get you started here.

History of Transportation in GA

Atlanta transportation nerds, rejoice: The Georgia Archives in Jonesboro is opening a History of Transportation in Georgia exhibition starting on April 23. Take a look back through old streetcar systems, travel and trade, and the politics of road building. Free and open to the public! Click through for details.