Posts tagged with Commute
For some metro Atlantans, the commute to and from work is the only “me” time they get all day. Taking transit or riding in a vanpool can be a great time to decompress by listening to music or reading.
Need some book recommendations for your commute this summer? We’ve got you covered:
- Best books to read on vacation this summer from Travel + Leisure
- 25 best new books for summer 2018 from Good Housekeeping
- 22 new books to read this summer from TIME
Riding with a carpool group? Audio books can be a great option as well:
- Best Audio Books of 2018 from Paste Magazine
- Best-selling audio books from Audible
- Best audio books of all time from INSIDER
Making the change to a clean commute option is simple, and a great way to get back your “me” time – we’ll even pay you for it:
- Gimme Five – Choose a new commute option to driving alone and earn $5 a day, up to $150.
- $25 rewards – If you’re already a clean commuter, we have cash prizes for you to enjoy.
- Gas cards – If your carpool has 3 or more riders, you’re eligible to win monthly gas cards.
Pick your next read and find a commute option that works for you at www.GACommuteOptions.com.
Planning your perfect vacation this summer? You don’t need to go far—sometimes the best vacations can be found in your own backyard. Try a staycation this summer, and experience everything metro Atlanta offers. Check out our favorite fun activities and the best commute option to get you there:
- Stone Mountain Park- One of Georgia’s most popular attractions, Stone Mountain has a variety of family-friendly activities including hiking, interactive shows and mini golf. Carpool with friends and family or take MARTA there. MARTA even plans your trip to Stone Mountain for you.
- Atlanta Beltline- This 33-mile network of multi-use trails is a great place to walk, jog and bike. You can take a bus tour, walking tour, or bike tour!
- Piedmont Park- Metro Atlanta’s biggest city park, Piedmont Park has many summer attractions including bike paths, trails, playgrounds, a honey bee exhibit and an aquatic center. The park is a short walk from the Midtown MARTA station and Arts Center MARTA station. You can also rent Relay Bikes next to both stations.
- High Museum of Art- With more than 11,000 pieces of art, the High Museum is metro Atlanta’s premier art museum. Admission is free for Fulton County residents on the first Saturday of each month. The museum is across the street from the Arts Center MARTA station.
- Center for Puppetry Arts- Visit the museum, watch a show or participate in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop. It’s only a short walk from the Arts Center MARTA station.
For more information on commute options, visit http://gacommuteoptions.com/.
From long drives to work to congested on-site parking, morning and afternoon commutes can be challenging for metro Atlantans. As the region continues to grow and bring more job seekers to the area, the business community must consider other commuting options to alleviate stress, boost work productivity and improve air quality.
To jumpstart this thinking, Georgia Commute Options has launched the inaugural Clear the Deck Challenge, a regional initiative to reduce parking consumption through the promotion of alternatives to driving alone. During the week of May 14th – 18th, participating property managers and employers will challenge their employees to use cleaner commute options such as teleworking, biking, walking or taking transit for at least one day during the week.
During the initiative, property managers and/or employers will monitor parking consumption through their decks and lots to showcase decreases. At the end of the week, Georgia Commute Options will release data to showcase how metro Atlantans rose to the challenge of trying different commuting options and subsequently reduced the need to park at their worksites.
This year's participating employers include:
- Bank of America/Kennesaw Operations Center
- Bank of America/Southside Center
- CDC Chamblee Campus
- Colony Square
- GA Environmental Protection Division/Tradeport Building
- Emory University
- Sanctuary Park
- US Forest Service Region 8
Employees who participate in the Clear the Deck challenge and opt for a different way of commuting to and from work may also be eligible for incentive programs offered by Georgia Commute Options.
You know spring is here when the Atlanta Braves host their home opener. If you’re headed to SunTrust Park March 29th, consider taking advantage of transit to avoid traffic and parking costs. SunTrust Park has three commute options – CobbLinc, MARTA or the new Cumberland Circulator - designed to get Braves fans to the game quickly.
· CobbLinc – Cobb County’s CobbLinc bus departs from the Arts Center MARTA station and travels near SunTrust Park. Just exit the bus at Cobb Parkway and Windy Ridge Road, and walk 10 minutes up Windy Ridge Parkway to the stadium.
· MARTA – Three MARTA stations, Arts Center, Medical Center and Dunwoody, are all about a 15-minute car ride away. A MARTA bus departs from the Midtown MARTA station and travels to the Cumberland Mall Transfer center. From there, connect with the new Cumberland Circulator shuttle to reach the stadium.
· Cumberland Circulator – CobbLinc runs three routes – blue, green and red – that run within the Cumberland area.
Purchase your game tickets, wear your Braves jersey and hop on a transit option to get to the game before the first pitch.
To find other commute options in your area, visit www.GAcommuteoptions.com.
March Madness is underway. And with 64 basketball teams competing for the NCAA Championship, sports fans will be traveling across the country to cheer for their favorite teams. Charlotte and Nashville are slated to host games for rounds one and two and then the south regional final games will take place. As fans travel through Atlanta to get to these cities, there’s a big chance that traffic congestion will increase as a result.
If you’re heading to either south regional final game, consider taking MARTA to one of the stations near Phillips Arena. But if you’re commuting to work around metro Atlanta, especially on the days of the south regional final games (March 22ndand March 24th), multiple transit options around the city can still help you avoid traffic during your commute. Taking transit is a great way to save money for last-minute game tickets.
For those who want to avoid traffic completely on game-day but still get work accomplished, consider a flexible working arrangement through Georgia Commute Options FlexWork program:
- Compressed work week or Flex time - If you can’t change how you get to work, try changing when you get to work. Adjusting the time you come in and leave the office can dramatically improve your commute. By driving during off-peak times, you can avoid sitting in traffic and get to work a lot faster.
- Telework - Want to skip traffic entirely? Ask your employer about a telework arrangement, even its temporary. Telework is most effective as a part of a permanent program, but situational telework can help employers manage disruptions to improve business continuity. Employers who dip their toes in the telework waters might find that their employees are happier and more productive. Per the 2017 Flex Jobs and Global Workplace Analytics study, 77% of those who reported working remotely at least a few times per month had greater productivity while working offsite.
Avoid the madness. Try a new commute option instead. To find an option that works for you, visit http://bit.ly/2pIvOO9.
Easier commutes. More exercise. Time with friends. Metro Atlantans had a range of reasons for participating in this year’s Biketober: 2017 Atlanta Bike Challenge. For Decatur resident, Dave Mathews, it was to raise awareness for safer roads in honor of fallen bikers.
For more than two years, Dave has participated in the annual bike challenge with colleagues who support Bike Friendly Atlanta (BFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for cyclists struck and killed by a vehicle. “Ghost bikes” are memorials created by the organization to represent fallen cyclists.
The 2017 Atlanta Bike Challenge began Oct. 1 and after a few days, Dave’s team was at capacity, so a second team formed. Ranging from professional bikers to novice athletes, the team members woke up each workday of October to ride and log their miles throughout the metro area.
“Our organization travels throughout the Southeast in hopes of promoting our cause and creating a safer environment for all cyclists,” said Dave. “We’re always open to new challenges and welcomed the opportunity to participate again in this year’s Atlanta Bike Challenge.”
As a professional tennis player, Dave uses biking as cross-training. And along with other colleagues on his team, Dave will bike about 4 to 5 days a week. While the activity levels range, Dave insists that no interested rider is left behind regardless of skill level.
“Some members of the team ride about 1,300 to 1,400 miles a month as part of their commute,” said Dave. “But whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or a casual rider, speed won’t dampen my enthusiasm to bike each morning.
Whether you choose to bike for exercise or time with friends, consider biking as a clean commute option to help reduce traffic while making it a bit easier for everyone to breathe!
Whether or not you are participating in the Atlanta Bike Challenge with the explicit goal of getting healthier, here are some helpful tips to keep you moving through Biketober!
- Drink lots of cool water. When cycling, drink before you get thirsty. Sip on the water and electrolyte drinks, even if it’s not hot outside on those hot days.
- Take breaks. This sounds like common sense, but it is important.
- Dress appropriately.
- Hydrate and replenish after each and every bike ride.
- Check the weather: Determine what type of gear and clothing you should pack for your ride. Remember that bike lights will always make you more visible in the rain
- Wear a helmet.
- Ditch the headphones. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings when riding. Listening to headphones will block out ambient traffic noise. Consider a small portable stereo if you want to listen to music.
Pack a Snack
- Powered by the Peel: Bananas are snacks ready to roll; they are famous for their potassium and contain carbohydrates that may enhance your muscles' abilities to use the fuel efficiently.
- Peanut Butter Jelly Time: PB&J's are perfect pocket fuel. The bread and jam (or honey) provide carbohydrates and the peanut butter offers protein and fats. Allergic to peanuts? Try almond butter if you can tolerate tree nuts or sunflower butter if not. Swap a tortilla for bread to prevent having a squashed sandwich. Cut your sandwich into quarters and have one piece at 15- to 20-minute increments.
- Trail Mix: Dried fruits and nuts are a concentrated source of carbohydrates. Dried apricots, prunes and raisins have the added benefit of potassium. Mix your favorite fruits with nuts and seeds to keep your body supplied with energy, vitamin E and magnesium. If you have a heavy sweat rate, you may want to choose salted nuts and seeds.
- Water Works: In general, if you're planning to bike for an hour or less, water is the best way to stay hydrated and to prevent drinking the calories you just burned. If you're going to be rolling for more than an hour, have a heavy sweat rate or the weather is exceptionally hot, consider having two bottles with you — one for water and one for a sports drink. You may purchase a sports drink for the sake of convenience, but making your own with black or green iced tea, a splash of juice, some sugar and a pinch of salt is easy and provides an added antioxidant boost. Take sips of fluid often to maintain hydration and alternate between the two drinks if packing both.
Track your progress at ATLBikeChallenge.com and make sure to celebrate the strides your making.
To make the Atlanta Bike Challenge: Biketober! A fun experience, here are just a few things to keep in mind as you plan your rides.
Ride with confidence - Don't worry about holding up other traffic. Being more visible and taking a primary position is the best way to stay safe. Only let people pass when you feel safe (the law is on your side!)
Grab a bike buddy – One thing you can do that is guaranteed to make your bike commute a better experience is to find someone to share it with you! Even if you just meet up halfway, having someone else to share the joys and experiences of the road with can make bike commuting feel like you’re on an adventure and not headed to/from work!
- Stopping – make sure you can stop quickly and safely if you need to.
- Turning – practice turning quickly and confidently to avoid objects or make a turn while riding at speed.
- Observation – practice looking over your shoulder and to your right and left while riding.
- Riding with one hand – lift one hand at a time off the handlebars and repeat until you can control your bike with either hand (this is so you can learn to signal turns with your hands)
Dress normally - If your ride is less than 30 minutes (~4 miles), chances are you can just ride in your normal work clothes. Unless you want to ride fast, you can just cruise into work on your bike - no sweat! This will save you time and hassle, and if you find yourself a bit sweaty you might be amazed how simple it is to clean up with a few handy wipes.
Pro tip: roll rather than fold your work clothes to avoid creases.
Find the best route - Don't just take the route you would if you were in a car; try looking for routes through quiet neighborhood streets or other parallel/alternatives routes where traffic is naturally slower and safer. Adding a little bit of distance in exchange for a more comfortable ride is almost always worth it!
Keep your cool - Learn to keep calm and not to react to angry or impatient drivers-keeping a cool head will maximize your safety and make the commute less stressful and in the end a much better experience.
Check your Progress at ATLBikeChallenge.com.
Maybe you were sitting in your car this morning, stressing about the cars all around you, wondering how you ended up in this routine. Maybe you were thinking about that New Year’s resolution that faded away in March or April and want to find a way to finish the year strong. Or, maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to enjoy a little more of that crisp air and appreciate Atlanta’s canopy as it begins to don the warm autumnal hues. Well the Atlanta Bike Challenge: Biketober is your chance to challenge yourself and your friends to ditch the car and make cycling a part of your daily routine.
The #AtlBikeChallenge is a fun and free bike competition hosted by Georgia Commute Options to promote bicycling as a healthy and clean commute alternative from Oct. 1-31. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist to participate, riders new and old will be joining social teams to compete for a chance to win exciting prizes like tickets to see the Hawks, two Southwest Airline tickets, a week of free Good Measure Meals or even a trip to Italy or San Francisco.
Participants are encouraged to create teams with their coworkers, friends and family; people who can encourage each other to stay motivated throughout the month. You and your team will earn points for every mile you ride, every day you ride and for every person you encourage to sign up.
Teams will compete against nine others in a pool. After the third week of Biketober! The top teams from each pool will face off in an exciting Final Sprint, a playoff to determine the top Biketober team in the region.
Go to ATLBikeChallenge.com to find out more and to register. Make October the month that you give a clean, healthy commute a try- Get out and ride!
Also check out some of these tips to keep you riding throughout the month:
Are you someone who loves to drive, or someone who just does it because you think you have to? For one day, why don’t you challenge yourself to plan your travels without using your vehicle. On Friday, September 22, put your keys on the counter and don’t even think about them because it is International Car Free Day. You might find that commute alternatives are easier than you thought, so give it a try.
There are a ton of resources out there to help you take the one-day challenge:
- Maybe you want to ride a bike for the day- There are lots of resources out there that can help.
- If you live in Atlanta, check out their Relay Bike Share Program.
- If you live outside of Atlanta, check Zagster’s website to see other participating locations.
- Talk to your boss to see if teleworking is an option on that day.
- Visit the Georgia Commute Options site or download the app to find a potential carpool partner or explore other alternative options.
Check out a Car Free event happening around Atlanta
City of Decatur:
There will be a celebration at the Historic Old Courthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Take the pledge to go car free to enter a raffle for two Decatur Wine Festival tickets.
Participants can join for information on alternative transportation options from GA Commute Options, the Lifelong Community Board, Decatur Active Living, the Emory Cliff Bus and more.
Visit www.decaturga.com/carfree for more info.