Free services to help improve how you get to and from work.

The Atlanta Bike Challenge (September 27 to October 25) is the perfect opportunity to update your smartphone with the latest tools to improve your ride, track your progress, and help advance Metro Atlanta infrastructure for bicyclists. Whether you’re a new cyclist or an avid rider, there’s something out there for you.

  • Love to Ride: The official app of the Atlanta Bike Challenge! Use this tool to record your ride quickly and easily using either GPS tracking or a manual entry. Remember, each time you log a ride, you are eligible to win prizes like movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, and bike bags.
  • Bike Doctor: From replacing a cable to fixing a flat tire, this app will cover it. Even a complete beginner will be able to master the bike tune-up by following the instructions and photos. There are even additional guides to show you how to prevent the most common maintenance errors.

Now that you’ve got the tools, enter the challenge! Learn more about cycling and sign up for the fourth-annual Atlanta Bike Challenge at ATLBikeChallenge.com. Sign up, recruit teammates at your workplace, win awesome prizes, and compete for the ultimate Atlanta cyclist bragging rights!

Emily Estes is the bicycling subject matter expert for Georgia Commute Options. Emily enjoys hot sauce, yoga, and discovering new parts of Atlanta. On any given weekend, you can find her at the Freedom Farmers' Market, walking or biking the Atlanta BeltLine, or enjoying a popsicle on her porch. Emily utilizes commute alternatives in all forms of her life, from carpooling to work to carpooling to her weekly bocce matches. 



Think cycling’s not catching on in Atlanta? Think again! From 2000 to 2012, Metro Atlanta saw a 166% increase in bicycle commutes.

But being a bike commuter doesn’t always mean biking exclusively. Many pedal-powered commuters combine biking with transit or carpooling to make up a multi-modal power commute. If riding your bike all the way into work seems like too much of a haul, have no fear — supplementing your bike commute with carpooling or using MARTA, CCT, Xpress, or Gwinnett County Transit can help you get the most out of Metro Atlanta’s roads — and get you where you’re going safely and efficiently. And biking at least the first or last couple of miles to work is something just about everyone can do. By combining your commute, you can cut down car expenses, reduce air pollution and congestion, and have a healthier trip.

If you take your bike on transit, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Avoid boarding MARTA trains that are full with your bike in hand. The very front and very back of the train are good places to look for an uncrowded car.
  • On CCT, Xpress, MARTA and Gwinnett County Transit, buses are outfitted with bike racks up front that are easy to access (bike are not allowed inside buses).
  • Each bus can only handle two bicycles at one time — first come, first served.
  • Watch this video to see how to load your bike on a bus— it’s easy!

And if you’re combining cycling and carpooling, remember these helpful pointers:

  • If you’re meeting up with your carpool partner, invest in a foldable bike rack they can keep in their car.
  • Georgia Commute Options can assist with finding the perfect carpool partner for your lifestyle — fellow cyclist or otherwise.
  • Check your route and the weather ahead of time. It can save time and is courteous to your carpool partner who might be waiting.

If you’re looking for a great motivator to get you started, the Atlanta Bike Challenge is the perfect opportunity! Ride your bike to the store, around the neighborhood, or on your lunch break to build up to riding to work. Sign up and learn more at ATLBikeChallenge.com!

Lee has been working on Georgia Commute Options programs for three years and manages the outreach team. She has an almost-one-year-old so she can relate to the issues metro Atlantans run into with clean commuting and child care. Originally from Mississippi, Lee brings southern and sassy charm to our team. To connect with Lee, email her at LeeW@GaCommuteOptions.com.



Whether you’re an avid biker who has ridden to work for years or a newbie that has yet to experience the joys of cycling, the Atlanta Bike Challenge has something for you.

Starting today, September 27, to October 25, the fourth annual Atlanta Bike Challenge will be going strong all over the metro area. You just have to ride your bike 10 minutes per day to participate! Log your trip at ATLBikeChallenge.com or through the Love to Ride mobile app to qualify for great prizes.

What’s the goal? It’s all about participation – which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike? Last fall, approximately 1,800 people and over 200 organizations took part in the Atlanta Bike Challenge. This year, we’re still looking to get Metro Atlanta businesses and organizations can to compete with each other to see who can get the most staff to ride a bike during the challenge. Log your miles to win prizes, earn bragging rights, and see who can encourage the most people to give bicycling a try. It’s free to join and fun for all!

To find out more and to register, visit ATLBikeChallenge.com. And connect with us on Facebook.

Lesley Carter is a communications specialist and the voice of Georgia Commute Options social media. You can get in touch with Lesley here.



The Atlanta Bike Challenge is a fun and free competition to encourage your friends and colleagues to experience firsthand the joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes being offered to tempt your team and opportunities to compete with your fellow metro Atlanta businesses. If you're new to cycling and are looking for some guidance, here's a great place to start! Sign up at ATLBikeChallenge.com.



Her name was Alexandra. She was my best friend in first grade. We rode the school bus together every day that year. She sat by the window, and I sat by the aisle. We talked about everything. Why did Gary call the teacher “mom”? Did Matt eat the chicken nugget after it dropped on the ground? Is Santa Claus the same person as mom and dad?  

Anyway, it’s Back to School time again as school buses return to roads all around Atlanta. Students are too busy with homework to read this post — which is why I am writing to parents and teachers!

When you were a kid in a school bus, traffic is the best thing ever! It means more time with your best friend before you have to get off the bus and start homework.

Now that we are adults, our best friends don’t always sit next to us, and our priority is getting home stress-free.

We may be too old for those yellow school busses, but we are never too old to start carpooling to work. In fact, there hasn’t ever been a better time to start riding with friends to work!

  • If you carpool to work, you can earn monthly gas cards from Georgia Commute Options — $40 a month for carpools of three people, and $60 a month for carpools of four or more people —  for 12 months within a 3-year period.
  • Not sure who to ‘pool with? Georgia Commute Options provides a free ridematching service to help you find carpool partners. We have thousands in our database looking for the same thing, and some might live, work, or send their kids to school near you.
  • If you’re trying carpooling for the first time, you can earn $3 a day — up to $100! That’s a lot of school lunches.
  • If you couldn’t tell, Georgia Commute Options is here to help you save money and earn even more. For more information on all of the incentive programs available to metro Atlanta commuters, click here.

If car-rider lines are too long at your school, or if you’d like to get your kids thinking more about how cars affect healthy air, let us know! We have school partnerships all across Atlanta and would love to partner with your local school.

Chris Schneck is the School Accounts Manager for Georgia Commute Options. You can get in touch with Chris and get him out to your local school here.



Holidays and seasons sneak up on us every year like a predictable surprise. (But really, this summer has gone by faster than the others, right?)  Well, Back-to-School time is no exception, and it’s upon us!

By now, all metro Atlanta school systems are back in session. That means that almost 700,000 kiddie commuters have joined us on the road as they head to school. With over 700 buses in the metro school systems, in addition to teen drivers, vehicles from childcare facilities and parent drop-offs, that’s plenty of extra traffic. Last year, our friends at Georgia DOT gathered information about the impact of back-to-school traffic and found that surface street traffic grew by as much as 26.9% on some roads. Homeschool, anyone?

But there’s at least one commuter that’s not worried when kids head back to school this year. This gal! These days, I share the ride to and from work in a carpool. One leg of my commute will be stress-free as my carpool companion hops in the driver’s seat, leaving me free to do anything I want. When I drive, I have a passenger to chat with, an in-house DJ and someone absorbing half the cost of gas. I couldn’t ask for more!

Don’t be jealous; just explore commute options! Commuters can lighten the road load for the region by taking advantage of the different commute options available. And it’s not only about carpooling. Clean commuters can find the same benefits in a vanpool, swapping that school bus of yesteryear for an Xpress bus, teleworking, biking or walking. 

Also, Georgia Commute Options programs are available year-round! $3 A Day allows commuters to earn up to $100 over an assigned 90-day period. $25 Prizes is a monthly drawing for everyone that logs their commutes — and 1 in 10 commuters win! Carpools with three or more riders can earn $40-$60 Gas Cards. And with Vanpool Rider Referral, riders that refer a new vanpool rider can receive $50.

When headed to school, kids can keep their “commute options” in mind also. My Mom, a telework enthusiast, noticed last school year, the students in her subdivision created a “walking school bus” and walked the short distance to school when the weather was nice. Similarly, multi-family carpools and riding the school bus help to reduce traffic for all of us in the region. It’s never too early to get kids commute conscious!

Courtney is the Georgia Commute Options Administrative Assistant. You'll hear her friendly voice if you ever give us a call. She's a Pinterest and Netflix junkie, and loves baking and making lists. If you want to get in touch with Courtney, you can email her here.



Got kids heading to the bus stop this week?  We know what the first day is like for the school set: new clothes, new backpack, all swag.

We love it when kids take the bus to school — and we want to see how your little trend-setters are stepping out on their first day! (This much swag deserves to be shared.) Snap a pic of your kids at the bus stop and you could win a $100 gift card!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Follow Georgia Commute Options on Instagram: @GaCommute
  • Take a photo of your  kid(s) at the bus stop — or on their way to it
  • Post your bus stop photo to Instagram — and remember to tag @GaCommute!
  • Be sure to use one of our hashtags, too:  #backtoschool, #schoolswag, #yellowbuseshelptraffic2, #GACommuteSchools

Clean commuting’s not just for grown-ups, you know. Taking the bus is a great way to get kids to school safe and sound — AND put fewer cars in the school zone, cutting traffic and shortening that car-rider line.

Winners will be announced August 14, so post your photos soon to get in on the swag!

Lesley Carter is a communications specialist and the voice of Georgia Commute Options social media. You can get in touch with Lesley here.



In our previous blog, we discussed the various modes you can use to be a clean commuter. Now that you have everything you need to know about our programs, it’s time to learn how to create a profile and how to successfully log your commute.

  • Get familiarized with our programs at GaCommuteOptions.com and what we can do for you
  • On the home page click the “Log your Commute” on the right side of the screen
  • Sign in or click “Register” and fill out the required fields

Need help logging? We have a helpful quick-start guide and video that can walk you through it. If you’re still having trouble, feel free to call us at 1-877-9-GA-OPTIONS.

Remember, the more you log, the more opportunities you have to earn a monthly $25 Prize. 1 in 10 win!

Want to read Beginners Guide to a Clean Commute – Part 1? Click here.

Victoria is the Junior Communications Specialist for the Georgia Commute Options team - helping out with writing, editing, and maintaining all our important deadline schedules. She's a big fan of carpooling and Reese's. Want to get in touch with Victoria? Click here.



Having a long commute is one thing, but doing it alone is a completely different beast. When you ride alone, you lose money. But more importantly, you lose time — and let’s be real, time is money. If you haven’t noticed, you’re getting your fair share of sitting in, whether you’re already sharing the ride into work on a carpool or riding the bus or train, or if you’re driving solo. All that sitting means more time to get things done. So whether you’re already ridesharing or are thinking about it, here are five fabulous things you can do with all that sitting time:

  1. Find knowledge. Catch up for your book club or branch out to a new, unexplored genre. Some of the books topping the New York Times Best Seller list you might want to check out include The Girl on the Train, The Wright Brothers, and Leaving Time.
  2. Make your menu. Use your Food Network, Pinterest, or AllRecipes app to plan your menu for the week. No more last-minute grocery runs for you!
  3. Stay connected. Haven’t talked to your college roommate in ages? Or do you need to plan who is taking who to the gymnastics meet and soccer game this weekend? Text or email whoever you need to get caught up since you can’t do that behind the wheel.
  4. Go on an adventure. Your commute will fly by with this Twitter throw-back to the interactive “Choose your own Adventure” books.
  5. Netflix. This site accounts for 35% of U.S. internet traffic, so why not hop on board during your commute? They have a slew of original shows as well as all of the oldies but goodies.

Look at all you can do instead of sitting behind the wheel. And we can help get you on the road to an improved and happier commute. Reach out at Info@GaCommuteOptions.com to see what commute mode is right for you.

Jenny Schultz is a Communications Specialist working on the Georgia Commute Options program. When she's not at work, she spends most of her time baking, dancing, and pretending to paint her house. Jenny has a pretty sweet telework space complete with Ikea furniture, a stability ball, and a fantastic view of her backyard.



Looking for easy ways to save money or be less stressed? Why not switching up your commute a bit? A new, cleaner commute can be super fun, save some money, put more dough in your pocket, and help relieve some of your daily stress. And it’s just a mouse click away. Georgia Commute Options can help get your started with a variety of options for clean commuting.

Carpooling

  • If you have a carpool of three people, you can earn a $40 gas card, and if you carpool with four or more people, you can earn a $60 gas card — each month you carpool for 12 months within a 3-year period.
  • Georgia Commute Options provides a free ridematching service to help you find carpool partners. We have thousands in our database looking for the same thing, and some might live or work near you.

Vanpooling

  • Vanpooling allows you to ride in a van along with 7-15 other clean commuters.
  • Referring a new vanpool rider earns you $50 after the new rider has completed three consecutive months in a vanpool. And you can refer as many new riders as you want, for as long as you are vanpooling.

Transit

  • When you take transit to work and log your trips online, you are entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card each month.
  • Several employers offer discounted transit passes or help you purchase them with pre-tax dollars. Check with your HR department to see if you qualify.

Telework

  • Many employers allow you to work from home, which can increase your productivity and reduce your stress levels.
  • When you log your telework days with Georgia Commute Options, you are entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card each month. 1 in 10 win!

Compressed Work Week

  • Some employees work a Compressed Work Week, which means compressing a full 40 hours into fewer than five days, giving you at least one less day to commute to and from work.

Bike/Walk

  • Fit in your workout as part of your commute, enjoy an emissions-free trip, and avoid sitting in traffic.
  • When you log those trips, even if it’s just part of the way, you are entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card each month.

If you couldn’t tell, Georgia Commute Options is here to help you save money and earn even more. For more information on all of the incentive programs available to metro Atlanta commuters, click here.

Victoria is the Junior Communications Specialist for the Georgia Commute Options team - helping out with writing, editing, and maintaining all our important deadline schedules. She's a big fan of carpooling and Reese's. Want to get in touch with Victoria? Click here.



help desk software