“If you’d like, ride a bike, it’s better for the city. Spinning wheels, spinning wheels, spinning wheels...” -Modern Skirts, N.Y. Song
Like many, when I think of summertime, I think of being outdoors, concerts, Braves games, and of a thriving Atlanta. During May, the city that I love comes alive with the excitement of activity and the bustle of Atlantans partaking in fun events. What an amazing time of year and experience!
Also, what better time than now to utilize our city’s resources and green commuting options to partake in summer events?
Let’s review the facts: Clean commuting reduces traffic, improves air quality, and helps you save on gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, and parking fees. Clean commuting also provides you with the convenience of often arriving at your destination more conveniently than if you had driven alone. For instance, when taking MARTA to Braves games, fans are able to take the train to the 5 Points Station and transfer to a MARTA shuttle, delivering fans directly to the front gate of Turner Field. Having utilized this service many times, I must say it is convenient and my preferred way of commuting downtown.
Another Atlanta summer favorite is The Atlanta Moonride, which kicked off the summer by encouraging Atlantans to come explore the city by bike in the evening for a great cause. Exploring the city, exercise, and a great time are key factors in any fun summer excursion.
And then, if you’re like me and like your music live, carpool or take transit straight to Midtown this summer to catch Unplugged in the Park, a free concert series at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park every Sunday, or catch live bands at one of our countless, amazing music venues.
For more information about other summer city fun taking part in Atlanta, click here.
If you are curious about which clean commute transportation options are available, we’d love to help you get to and from work easier, and travel throughout the city as easily as possible during the summer months and beyond. Check out the different options at GaCommuteOptions.com or call 1-877-9-GA-OPTIONS.
Hope to see you out and about this summer...and don't forget the sunscreen!
The Vanpoolooza open house events kicked off this afternoon at the Cumberland location. Representatives from The Clean Air Campaign, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, V-Ride and Douglas County Rideshare were on hand to recognize dedicated vanpoolers and tell newcomers about free services to get started on a vanpool.
The current vanpoolers and prospective vanpoolers were kept entertaining by Star94 reps who kept the party alive with music, games, and raffled off concert tickets, restaurant gift cards, and fun goodies for those who attended.
If you are you interested in learning more about vanpooling or want to add new riders to your current vanpool, as well as compete in contests to win prizes, check out our other vanpool open houses:
Have fun and enjoy!
Saturday, May 18th is International Museum Day and the ATL doesn’t come up short in the museums category. The best part is many of Atlanta’s fine institutions are only a green trip away. On weekends in the spring like this one, the Connector and surface streets are crammed with festival-goers, park-partiers and beer drinkers. Why not find some respite in choosing a green, easy way to get to one of the many museums that Atlanta has to offer? Here are just a few:
The Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
- Admission: $16.50 and includes Atlanta History Museum, the Centennial Olympic Games Museum, the 1860 Smith Family Farm, the 1928 Swan House, and 33 acres of gardens. Plus, Margaret Mitchell House admission is included if visited within 9 days of Atlanta History Center. May 18th (and May 19th) the AHC will offer FREE ADMISSION for all guests thanks to Bank of America sponsoring their new exhibit: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down and in support of that exhibit, admission is free on the third weekend of each month through June.
- Train/Bus: Closest MARTA station is the Buckhead Station on the Red Line. From the station it is a .07 mile walk to the museum, so most guests opt to transfer from the rail line to the #110 Bus. Take the #110 bus SOUTH on Peachtree Street and exit the bus where Peachtree and Roswell Road merge together. Make a right on West Paces Ferry Road and proceed two blocks. History Center is located on the left.
Atlanta Monetary Museum
1000 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30309
- Admission: Free
- Train: One block north of the Midtown MARTA station
- Bus: #110 stops out in front
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta, GA 30309
- Admission: Single show tickets, including Create-A-Puppet Workshop and Museum $16.50. Currently offering a partnership deal with the Wren’s Nest, the historic home of Joel Chandler Harris and Brer Rabbit. See Brer Rabbit & Friends and receive a coupon good for up to 4 free entries at the Wren’s Nest. Members of MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta), get free museum entry to the other during the month of May.
- Train: MARTA walking distance from Arts Center Station
- Bike: Bicycle rack available
David J. Sencer CDC Museum
1600 Clifton Road, NE; A-14, Atlanta, GA 30333
- Admission: Free
- Train/Bus: Take the North/South MARTA train to Lindbergh Station and transfer to the # 6 Emory Bus. Get off on Clifton Road at CDC Parkway and walk down to the security booth.
- Bike: Get a map here
767 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
- Admission: 17.50 for the museum only
- Bus: The #2 MARTA bus travels down Ponce de Leon Ave. and stops at the intersection with Clifton, just south of the museum entrance.
- Walk or Bike: Paved trails run parallel to Ponce de Leon Ave, which are great for cyclists. Additionally, the PATH runs close to the museum and connects with the OLPA park trails.
Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
- Admission: Free
- Carpool: The nearest major intersection is Ponce de Leon Ave NE at Artwood Rd NE. Heaton Park Drive is the only turn possible off of Artwood. They have a small parking lot for carpooling visitors.
- Bus: MARTA #2 route connects North Avenue Station and Decatur station. Patrons travelling TOWARDS Decatur should be sure to check for a DECATUR destination on the individual bus, since outbound Route #2 buses alternate between Decatur Station and Edgewood-Candler Park Station as a final turn-around destination. Buses typically leave every 15-20 minutes, but patrons should consult the MARTA schedule for exact times.
- Train: Fernbank Science Center is located close to two different MARTA stations, Decatur Station and East Lake Station. From either station, visitors would have a walk of approximately 1.3 miles along neighborhood streets.
- Walking/Biking: Fernbank Science Center is accessible via Ponce de Leon Ave (turn at Artwood Road) and North Decatur Road (turn at intersection with Clifton Road NE). The PATH trail has a spur that terminates at Ponce de Leon Ave and Clifton Road. Continue down Clifton Road towards Emory University and turn right at the next intersection, proceeding uphill on East Clifton Road. The next right-hand turn (Dyson Drive) brings you to Heaton Park Drive.
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30309
- Admission: $19.50 Adult. For International Museum Day, the High will be offering FREE ADMISSION all day on May 18 (open from 10 am to 5 pm).
- Train: The High is located directly across the street from the MARTA Arts Center (N5) station. Guests can exit the station at the top level and follow signs to the museum.
- Bus: MARTA #37, #110 bus routes stop at the Arts Center station
The Millennium Gate and Museum
395 17th St NW Atlanta, GA 30363
- Admission: $10 Adults
- Train: MARTA to Arts Center Station then take the ASAP+ Free Shuttle to Atlantic Station.
- Bus: MARTA #37 bus stops at Atlantic Dr.
Robert C. Williams Papermaking Museum
500 10th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30332, GA Tech
- Admission: Free. Additional programs for additional cost.
- Bus: MARTA #12 bus stops outside the building
- Shuttle: Use the Tech Trolley and the Stinger, both of which are available for public use. They stop about a block away from the museum on 8th Street, and it’s a short walk to the building.
- Train: Located ¾ of a mile from the Midtown MARTA station.
1516 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
- Admission: Main Floor $5, Behind the scenes $7 Adult
- Train/Bus: 5 blocks north of Arts Center Station, the #110 MARTA bus stops right out front
Even though this list of museums is not comprehensive and the specials are not good forever, the green trips are. If you can team up to get to the museum, the ball game, or the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, why not give it a try on your way to and from work? If you need some help, that’s what we are HERE for!
Tom Bastek is a voice actor, ex-Radio DJ and Director of Production, Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Symphony Orchestra Tuba Performer and Freelance Writer with a passion for trains, LEGOs, pinball, craft beer, and the NY Jets.