Biketober 2018: The Gear Grind is Over
Biketober is over – Teams were formed, miles were ridden and prizes were won throughout the month of October!
The full list of organizational, team and individual results from this year’s challenge can be found here.
The fifth annual Atlanta Bike Challenge exceeded expectations again this year with a total of 1,901 participants, which represents an increase of 140 participants from last year’s challenge. About a sixth (317) of this year’s participants were new riders. This year’s riders logged just under 30,000 trips and racked up a total of 257,879 miles during Biketober, almost 37,000 more miles than in 2017.
In addition, this year’s participants helped reduce 55,219 lbs. of CO₂ and congestion across the region by biking instead of driving. Any way you slice it, this year’s Atlanta Bike Challenge was a huge success.
Throughout the month, we also awarded over 30 prizes to participants. For the full list of prize winners, check out the prizes tab on ATLBikeChallenge.com.
Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, including Atlanta Cycling, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Dad’s Garage, along with many others, that helped made this year’s challenge possible. And most of all, thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Atlanta Bike Challenge! Until next year, #ATLBikeChallenge2019!
Keep it Rollin!
Though the 2018 Atlanta Bike Challenge is in the books, there’s no reason to stop pedaling. Over the course of the challenge we heard from some amazing organizations that embody the spirit of Biketober year-round. The Westin Peachtree Plaza is a great example of a company that has made cycling a permanent part of their company culture. Ron Tarson, General Manager of The Westin, leads by example, commuting 26 miles round trip on his bike every day. Tarson even started a Westin Bike group that meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. and encourages hotel guests or anyone in the area to participate. We certainly applaud the Westin Peachtree Plaza and all of the other organizations who participated in this year’s Atlanta Bike Challenge for recognizing that biking is more than a way to get from one place to another, it can be a great way to build friendships, to burn through calories and to build a greater appreciation for the communities in which they live and work.
We’re already anxious to kick off the challenge in 2019, but until then, keep spinning those wheels.
Ready to take the road on two wheels instead of four? The fifth-annual Atlanta Bike Challenge runs from October 1-31, 2018. Presented by Georgia Commute Options, the Atlanta Bike Challenge: Biketober aims to inspire commuters in the 19 metro Atlanta counties to bike to work instead of driving alone.
By simply registering at www.ATLBikeChallenge.com and riding a bike anywhere, anytime for at least 10 minutes between October 1st and 31st, participants will earn points for a chance to win fantastic prizes, including:
- Weekly giveaways - $15-150 in bike gear, restaurant gift cards, experiences, etc.
- One year, annual membership to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
- Atlanta grand prize – a brand new bike (valued at $1,000)
- International grand prize – a trip to the Grand Canyon or New Zealand (winner announced in March 2019)
Last year’s event boasted more than 200 participating organizations, 2,200 competitors and 221,000 miles logged. We’re hoping to smash that number this year by making it a record-breaking Biketober month to remember! Join us by creating a workplace or social team of up to eight people, joining a cycling club or competing solo as a lone rider. You can earn prize points for every mile and every day they log and more points for every new person they encourage to sign up. Plus, in the final week of the event, top teams will be compete in a Final Sprint to determine the top team in the region.
Register for free at www.ATLBikeChallenge.com today to start logging your miles and earning prize points when Biketober kicks off October 1st. To earn points, record your rides here or download the Ride Report app to log rides automatically and help make Atlanta better for riding.
As part of its mission to “enhance quality of life by facilitating the mobility of people and goods safely and efficiently,” Gwinnett County Transit (GCT) operates commuter express bus, local bus and paratransit services. With 12 lines and 44 buses, GCT makes 755 stops and travels 7,193 miles each weekday. Commuter express bus service operates Monday through Friday and local bus service operates Monday through Saturday, connecting neighborhoods and businesses to Gwinnett County's many cultural, shopping and educational opportunities.
Areas it serves
Commuter express bus service includes five routes using the HOT lane on I-85. Park and ride lots at I-985, Sugarloaf Mills and Indian Trail have been built or upgraded to provide free and convenient parking for bus riders. Local bus service operates six routes and provides routes across Gwinnett County including stops at Sugarloaf Mills, Gwinnett Place, Peachtree Corners, as well as other areas. GCT provides detailed descriptions of express and local routes and maps of the areas the express system and local systems serve.
As one of America’s fastest growing counties, Gwinnett County roads are often congested. GCT allows commuters to get to their destination in a timely and stress-free manor by providing the ability to track your bus in real time on their website or the iOS and Android App. One-way service fares range from $2.50-$5.00, a 10-ride ticket book ranges from $22.50-$45 and a monthly pass ranges from $80-$130. In addition, a Breeze Card can be used, proving commuters with a seamless transition between using MARTA and GCT.
CobbLinc provides local bus service within Cobb County and commuter buses to and from Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. With 14 lines and 56 buses, CobbLinc makes 802 stops and travels 10,327 miles each weekday. With the recently opened Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, CobbLinc riders can benefit from faster trip times and ride in the reversible lanes toll-free.
Areas it Serves
CobbLinc routes connect the most populated areas of Cobb County, including Mableton and Kennesaw. Services operate Monday through Saturday, allowing residents to seamlessly travel throughout Cobb county and into metro Atlanta. Express routes operate to metro Atlanta, connecting with MARTA at the Arts Center station. With several local and express routes, most CobbLinc routes begin and end at the Marietta Transfer Center, and several operate from the Cumberland Boulevard Transfer Center. CobbLinc provides detailed maps and schedules of each of its routes as well as the option to track your bus in real-time.
Cobb county is Georgia’s third most populous county and many residents rely on CobbLinc to get them to and from work and around town for errands and visits with family and friends. CobbLinc offers eight convenient park and ride lot locations as well as FLEX service, an on-demand, curbside bus service that is open to all passengers who schedule through a reservation. Local routes are $2.50 and express routes are $5.00. A Breeze card can also be used, providing commuters with the option to use both CobbLinc or MARTA.
Whether as their sole transit provider or by connecting with one of the region’s other transit services, more than 500,000 commuters rely on the MARTA system every weekday - making MARTA one of the top 10 transportation agencies in the U.S. With the ability to take you to work, to an Atlanta United game, or your favorite restaurant or attraction in metro Atlanta, MARTA’s combined bus and rail network is made up of 110 lines and 437 buses, traveling an average of 97,786 miles each weekday.
Areas it Serves
Is the thought of 110 lines a little overwhelming? Fear not—MARTA is here to make your commute easier. MARTA provides a detailed map for all the routes and rail lines, so you can find your best possible commute and plan your trip. MARTA operates primarily within the metro Atlanta perimeter, in Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb counties. Rails run north, south, east, west and northeast, with the lines connecting at Five Points station in downtown. Bus routes cover and connect every metro Atlanta community.
Not only does MARTA save you the anxiety of sitting in traffic, it also saves you money. A monthly MARTA Breeze card or 30-Day Pass is only $95, compared to the average $965 a month it costs to drive alone. A one-way trip is $2.50, and there are passes for commuters that take multiple trips a day including 1-4, 7, 10, 20 or 30-day passes that provide unlimited rides during the time frames you choose.
With the goal to make interstates safer, cheaper, and more efficient, Xpress provides workers throughout metro Atlanta with reliable service, multi-ride discounts, free park-and-ride lots and free transfers to MARTA. Their buses carry more than 1.8 million passenger trips annually, removing 55 million miles of congestion from the interstate each year. Xpress is operated by The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).
Areas it Serves
Xpress serves 13 metro Atlanta counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale through 27 routes. Xpress is also taking advantage of the new, time-saving Northwest Corridor Express Lanes that run 29.7 miles along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road. By choosing to ride Xpress, commuters can ride toll-free in the new reversible lanes. With 27 park-and-ride locations, Xpress draws ridership from 44 counties and provides a connection between 3.4 million residents and 375,000 jobs.
Xpress provides workers with reliable, stress-free commutes to and from major employment centers in Downtown, Midtown, and Perimeter Center. The park and ride locations allow commuters in cities that do not have direct access to MARTA, such as Newnan, Dacula and Conyers, to still have a convenient transit option.
Over the next week, the Georgia Commute Options blog will explore metro Atlanta’s transit options as part of our upcoming Try Transit initiative, encouraging commuters to try one of the many transit options around the metro area.
Metro Atlanta has a variety of transit options, but not all commuters have given them a try or even know they exist. We’re encouraging commuters to Try Transit September 17-21 to discover the benefits of riding transit on your way to work. Switching from riding alone to a clean commute option could save you money, reduce stress and even help maximize productivity on your way to work. Plus, with the recent opening of the I-75 Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, CobbLinc and Xpress buses traveling along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties can bypass the traffic of the regular travel lanes. Transit and registered vanpool customers can travel in the lanes toll-free, incentivizing commuters to try clean commute options and reducing the number of cars on the road.
When you drive change in your commute, you’re helping us all breathe easier, and we want to reward you for that change. Eligible commuters who switch to a clean commute option like transit can earn $5 a day – with the ability to earn up to $150 over an assigned 90-day period.
If you aren’t sure which transit option might be right for you, check out our upcoming blog series and follow along as we highlight metro Atlanta transit providers.
Don’t want to wait? Click here to learn about our Try Transit initiative and how you can participate.
Metro Atlanta is one of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan regions with thousands of people moving here from across the country. Between 2016 and 2017, metro Atlanta gained 90,000 new residents, the third highest population increase of a metro area in the country.
While many people are relocating to the area for new job opportunities, other draws include the improved quality of life, favorable cost of living, nice weather and plenty of entertainment and activities.
With over 90,000 additional people making the area their home, increasing metro Atlanta’s population to nearly 5.8 million, how can the region’s infrastructure be improved to accommodate so many people?
Our partner, Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advancing our infrastructure with the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP). These projects are designed to reduce congestion along key freight and passenger corridors, decrease travel times, improve the movement of freight, provide operational improvements and efficiencies and enhance safety. The 11 mobility projects include four new express lanes systems, three interstate widening projects, three interchange projects and commercial vehicle lanes. For the next ten years, we may see increased construction along Georgia roadways, but Georgia DOT is working for you to improve metro Atlanta and the state’s infrastructure by providing increased travel options, enhanced transit operations and reliable trip times.
The Atlanta Regional Commission also recently approved more than 100 transportation projects aimed at improving roads and highways, enhancing local transit service and expand the regions multi-use trail network. Construction of these projects will begin over the next five years.
With increased construction and more people on the roads, Georgia Commute Options can connect you with a new commute option that can help you avoid that stressful drive alone to and from work. When you try a clean commute option such as riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling, and/or teleworking you not only avoid traffic, you can earn cash and prizes.
For more information on commute options and our incentive programs, visit http://gacommuteoptions.com.
Everyone has a morning routine. You hit the alarm, brush your teeth, make some toast and you’re out the door.
And then you sit.
You sit in a long line of cars getting to their next stop, thinking about the day ahead and that long, long, long to-do list. The person next to you just spilled coffee on their shirt and the guy in front of you just realized he forgot his anniversary. But what about you?
Georgia Commute Options wants to remind you that even though we all have our morning routines, they can be better. And when you use a commute alternative, you’re already halfway there. Check out our latest video showing the benefits of exploring different commute options, and how trying something different may just help you start your day off with a brand-new attitude.
If you’re ready to experience a more rewarding commute, check out the options that make for a literally more rewarding commute.
Drive Change with Georgia Commute Options.
It seems as if every health study tells us we aren’t exercising enough during the day. While the latest FitBit, Apple Watch and iPhone apps have us constantly monitoring our steps, it sometimes feels like a 24-hour day isn’t enough time to capture the 10,000 recommended steps per day.
Driving alone won’t help you add steps to your day, but trying a different commute option can.
1) Walk to a transit station for your AM and PM commute – A half-mile walk to a transit station is 1,000 steps. Do this twice a day and you’ve accomplished 1/5 of your recommended number of steps.
2) Take a 15-minute walk during lunch – Instead of hopping in your car to grab lunch, walk there. A 15-minute walk can be almost a mile, equaling 2,000 steps.
3) Use the stairs instead of the elevator – The average flight of stairs has 12 steps, so take three flights of stairs up and down and you can add more steps, while burning more calories.
4) Conduct meetings in different parts of the building – Rather than booking the conference room closest to your desk, schedule it on a different floor, outside or on the opposite side of the building.
5) Park your carpool further way. Driving a carpool? Park further away from your organization’s door.
What’s your favorite way to add in steps during your day? Let us know by tagging us on Twitter. If you’re currently using a clean commute, make sure to log your commute to take advantage of our incentive programs.