COMMUTER SPOTLIGHT: Jennifer Wilson
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.