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We like to bring you stories of commuters just like you who are loving their non-drive-alone commutes! Check out how Carolyn’s bus rides have changed her commute for the better.

My first transit ride was December 2010. I wanted to try it out during a slow period; the week prior to Christmas. I then went to Wednesdays and Fridays after my 5 a.m. workouts. I then realized how much I enjoyed the naps, mental rest from riding MARTA and not driving , and mostly the quiet of the bus! I’ve been a constant rider since. 

I drive a lot in and around town as well as out of town, so it’s nice to be able to sit back, relax and leave the driving to someone else – even for 45-60 minutes. Plus, I like the relationships I’ve built with the other commuters and the drivers. I’ve also limited the miles on my 2008 Honda Accord!

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All over metro Atlanta, commuters like you are choosing alternatives to driving alone. Check out how Jared’s life has changed since he started biking to his job at LeasePlan every day.

What clean commute mode do you use?

Biking is my main preference for commuting. I occasionally carpool with my wife because it’s easy.

When did you get started using that mode, and why?

I really enjoyed biking as a kid, and I biked in college, so it’s been a natural progression. It’s fun and it makes my commute enjoyable because I don’t have to sit in traffic. Plus, it cuts down on my carbon emissions and just makes me feel really good every day.

What do you like most about your commute?

It’s nice to not sit in line of cars — much more fun! I get to be part of my surroundings; when you’re in the car you’re closed off to everything. My commute lets me enjoy the small things, like riding over the Big Creek Greenway. It is all protected forest land and I can feel the temperature drop through the valley — so yeah, it’s getting to notice all the small things that people miss when they are flying past in a car.

What benefits have you seen from not driving alone?

I only have to get gas once in a while, which saves me a lot of money. I’ve had the same car forever, because I never drive it. I also don’t have the additional costs of new tires, oil changes, and maintaining it every single day.

Biking helps me mentally because I know I’m doing what I can to help combat global climate change and ocean acidification. Even though my impact is small, I know we can’t change other people’s actions, just change little things ourselves. Several years ago, I got so frustrated with the slow pace of social change related to the environment, and I had this thought that I can’t sit and point fingers at other people for not doing the right thing if I’m not doing the right thing. I have to do the right thing if I’m allowed to complain about it.

I like to think I’m an example to every person that sees me biking to work.

What did your commute look like before you started clean commuting?

Before this commute, I was frustrated and sat in his car. I did that for less than a year. I started getting very serious about biking to work about 7 years ago. Years ago, people would angrily pass by and try to knock me off the road — people didn’t know how to properly pass bike commuters. People have gotten more used to having bikers on the side of the road now.



We love to spotlight our clean commuters of all stripes.  Meet Jennifer Wilson, who works in sustainability office at Kennesaw State University and goes for a multi-modal commute most days.

What clean commute mode do you use?

Bike to transit. I live in Atlanta and work in Marietta campus of Kennesaw State University. I bike on the BeltLine from my house in Candler Park to Arts Center MARTA Station, where I catch a CobbLinc bus that takes me to Marietta Transfer Center, less than half a mile from the Marietta KSU campus. When I go to the Kennesaw campus (1 day a week), I stay on the same bus and go to Town Center, then take the bike trail to campus (about 2 miles).

What do you like most about your commute?

I like to get some exercise. Also, on the bus you get the luxury of using the HOV lane. I can sleep if I need to. Catch up on email on the way in and get some stuff out of the way. I feel more caught up this way, and it makes for better work-life balance.

Sometimes it’s way faster than driving, especially in the evening, because traffic is so much worse. Taking the HOV lane and BeltLine — I’m not sprinting home, but I’m at a good, steady pace.

What benefits have you seen from not driving alone?

Financial savings — I’ve done the commute calculator. My husband and I have 1 car. He bikes to work too, so our car has little mileage. We don’t have to fill it up with gas very often.

What are your tips for other bike commuters?

There are so many trails around the metro area. People may be surprised with how many bike trails there are. Cobb County has a lot of bike trails, and the KSU campuses are pretty well served by bike trails too. Biking on the streets is fine, but if you are new to it, you may not be comfortable. The Google maps bike section will show you which roads have bike lanes and where there are trails. I use it to find areas to try out.

Try out a half mile trip first. Have a change of clothes and extra snacks. Combining with transit opens up a lot of possibilities. 



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