When you share a ride with friends or co-workers, you create time to socialize and network, but you also emit less air pollution into environment, giving the ride to work a lot more meaning. For those who carpool or vanpool, getting real-time traffic information and construction alerts can save valuable time on the road.
If you’re a metro Atlanta carpooler or vanpooler, resources are available to you to help you quickly and safely navigate your commute.
- Hear latest traffic conditions by phone. Georgia 511 is a free phone service from the Georgia Department of Transportation that provides real-time traffic and travel information. Store the 5-1-1 number in the contacts folder of your mobile phone and use it before you hit the road.
- See traffic conditions instantly online. NaviGAtor is a website maintained by Georgia DOT that offers the latest information on traffic conditions, lane closures and more. You can view the NaviGAtor's maps, traffic cameras, trip times and more, and even set up an e-mail Traffic Alert to receive e-mail notification of incidents in your area. Bookmark www.511ga.org on your Internet browser. Or download the “NaviGAtor To Go” app for your web-enabled mobile phone at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/511/id388293125?mt=8.
- Get roadside assistance in Atlanta from a HERO Unit. HEROs (Highway Emergency Response Operators) are part of the Georgia Department of Transportation's Incident Management program, responding quickly to incidents in metro Atlanta and clearing the roads so normal traffic flow can be restored. If you're ever involved in a traffic incident in metro Atlanta, dial 511 to request HERO assistance.
- Stay up to date on upcoming construction projects. The Georgia Department of Transportation posts alerts about road closures and lane shifts that may impact traffic for several construction projects on their website. Check the press room for announcements and information on projects scheduled for the metro Atlanta area.
If your business is challenged with construction projects, contact us for free assistance in setting up commuter programs for your employees.
You’ve made the switch. You’ve chosen to bike to work in an effort to take a healthier, environmentally-friendly commute option. While investing in the coolest helmet, biking shoes and cycling accessories to keep your bike looking stylish may be top of your list, keep your bike in top shape with a few beginner maintenance tips.
- Keep the drivetrain clean – That annoying rattling sound you hear as someone rides past you is actually metal rubbing against metal, grime and mud. It isn’t cheap to replace the chain and sprockets, so save yourself some money by regularly cleaning and lubricating the drivetrain.
- Keep your tires inflated – One of the top three things that effects the quality of your bike ride is tire pressure. If the pressure is too low, you may end up with a flat tire, especially when hitting a curb hard. Invest in a floor pump with pressure gauge and check your tire pressure at least every two weeks.
- Keep the nuts and bolts tight, but not too tight – Lose a screw, nut or bolt on your bike and you’ll end up with annoying rattling sounds your entire commute home.
- Adjust your brakes correctly – Being able to stop when you want/need to is pretty important, but that can be easier said than done if your brakes are out of whack. Test out your brakes by pulling the brake lever. If it touches the handlebar, adjust your brake pads closer to the rim. Be sure to keep your brake pads and braking surface clear of oil and dirt to avoid premature wear.
- Learn how to fix a flat tire – With two plastic tire rims, the right “how-to” video and some patience, you can become an expert in fixing a flat tire.
Whether you’re new to biking or an experienced cyclist, we’ve got a full list of local metro Atlanta organizations you can tap into for your future bike commuting needs: https://bit.ly/1Entblm
Getting tired of the same old boring commute to work? Spice your travels up with a landscape of metro Atlanta’s hottest summer art. Taking transit, walking or biking can be a great way to explore the city’s great public art scene.
Here are a few of our favorite art spots:
- Atlanta BeltLine- Take a walk or enjoy a nice bike ride down the BeltLine while exploring the numerous art installations scattered along the 33 mile trail. Be sure not miss Kyle Brook’s Faces of Friends, located under an overpass in Old Fourth Ward- one of our favorites. In need of a bike? Relay Bike Share is a great option for exploring the BeltLine.
- Path 400- Stroll along GA 400 through the heart of Buckhead and brace yourself for a whirlwind of inspiring street art. Check out the new mural series sponsored by Kaiser Permanente that stresses the importance of mental wellness. Hands down, a must see this summer.
- Krog Street Tunnel- If you’re into graffiti, prepare to be awed by the vibrant, ever-changing walls ofthe Krog Street Tunnel. Connecting Inman Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods, Krog Street Tunnel has become one of Atlanta’s coolest spots for street art.
- MARTA Stations- Have your camera ready for two great Instagram spots when riding MARTA. Make a pit stop at the Decatur station and be blown away by the newly restored Larry Connatser murals. But don’t stop there, hop back on the train until you reach the Ashby Station, where you can see Fahamu Pecou’s The People Could Fly. You can also head up to Midtown and see the newest installation from local artist, Andrew Catanese.
Making the change to a clean commute option is easy, and summer is the perfect time to explore all of the incredible art metro Atlanta has to offer. Find a commute option that works for you at www.GACommuteOptions.com.