Area employers and property managers signed up for the week-long challenge are encouraging employees to leave their cars at home and adopt a clean commute option
ATLANTA – It’s that time of year again to leave your car at home and clear the (parking) decks across metro Atlanta! From August 19-23, Georgia Commute Options (GCO) and its partners are hosting the Clear the Deck Challenge which aims to reduce single occupancy vehicle (SOV) travel and increase the use of clean commute options, such as transit, teleworking, carpooling and biking, in the metro Atlanta region.
In 2018, the challenge pilot program yielded tangible results. The more than 1,200 participating commuters helped to reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled that week by 45,604 miles, thereby reducing CO2 output by 35,388 lbs.
“We’re excited to bring Clear the Deck back for its second year to help raise awareness of the many commute options available to metro Atlantans,” said Jill Goldberg, Georgia Commute Options’ Marketing Director. “Last year’s challenge had great participation and made a real impact by clearing 1,246 parking spaces. We look forward to the continued progress from this year’s employer partners.”
The participating employers this year includes Home Depot, Bank of America, Equifax and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Interested property managers and employers can visit www.clearthedeckga.com to learn more about the Clear the Deck Challenge, sign up to participate and download promotional materials for their offices.
Commuters who want to do their part, can participate by creating a profile at www.mygacommuteoptions.com the week of Aug. 12-18 and logging their commutes during Clear the Deck (Aug. 19-23) for a chance to win a $50 gift card.
Commuters that participate in Clear the Deck and opt for a different way of commuting are also eligible for GCO’s year-round incentive programs. The following programs are available to commuters that reside in the 20 metro Atlanta counties:
- Gimme Five: New program participants can earn $5 a day — up to $150 — for trying a new commute option other than driving alone.
- $25 Prizes: Existing clean commuters are entered to win monthly $25 prizes for logging their commutes.
- Monthly Gas Card: Carpools with three or more riders can earn monthly gas cards.
- Vanpool $50 Referral: Individuals can receive $50 for referring a new vanpool rider after that new rider has completed three consecutive months on a vanpool.
- Guaranteed Ride Home: Program participants are promised a guaranteed ride home when unexpected events occur and are approved. Participants can receive up to five free rides each year, by taxi or rental car, to their home or car in case of emergency.
About Georgia Commute Options
Georgia Commute Options, a program managed by the Atlanta Regional Commission and funded through the Georgia Department of Transportation, works with employers, commuters and schools to encourage drivers who ride alone to make the switch to a commute option such as riding transit, teleworking, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and/or biking, with the ultimate goal of reducing congestion and the emissions that contribute to smog pollution. For more information, visit www.gacommuteoptions.com and follow Georgia Commute Options on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The GA Commuter App to log commutes is available for download via the App Store or Google Play.