The Atlanta Bike Challenge may be over but you can still bike to work!

October 31, 2014

The Atlanta Bike Challenge wrapped up on October 19. This year, 208 Downtown commuters, representing 10% of the regional registrants, participated in the Challenge. Throughout October, Central Atlanta Progress hosted multiple programs, including bike trains from intown neighborhoods, a confident city cycling class, a bike fix-it class, and a try-a-bike day.

Missed the challenge but still interested in biking to work? Great!  There are lots of reasons why you should consider biking to work.  In addition to the positive effect it has on the environment, there are numerous health benefits resultant of biking to work.  Some of these benefits include: 

Balance
Cycling produces the balance between exertion and relaxation which is so important for the body's inner equilibrium.

Heart
All the risk factors that lead to a heart attack are reduced and regular cycling reduces the likelihood of a heart attack by more than 50%

Coordination
Moving both feet around in circles while steering with both your hands and your body's own weight is good practice for your coordination skills.

Muscles
A week of inactivity reduces the strength of the muscular system by up to 50% and can harm them long-term. During cycling, most of the body's muscles are activated.

Mental Health
Cycling has a relaxing effect due to uniform movement which stabilizes physical and emotional functions.  It reduces anxiety, depression and other psychological problems.

Back Pain
Cycling posture is optimum and the cyclic movement of the legs stimulates muscles in the lower back

Wasteline
Cycling is ideal for targeting problem areas.  It enables people who can not move easily to exercise.  It increases fitness and stimulates the body's fat metabolism.  The average person will lose 13 pounds in their first year of riding to work.

Joints
The circular movement of cycling assists the transport of energy an other metabolic produces to cartilage, reducing the likelihood of arthrosis. 

Downtown's bicycle infrastructure is expanding quickly! Whether you are a seasoned commuter or brand new to cycling, Downtown Green Source offers a myriad of support services and programs to get you peddling to work. Plus, if you log 10 round-trip bike commutes a month, you automatically qualify for a $10 gift card to a local business.  E-mail Shayna Pollock to get more information about biking to work or to find a route and a ride buddy.

Related Tag: Transportation


 

Be Streetcar Smart

October 29, 2014

The Atlanta Streetcars will soon be in motion on our streets, as they are tested and certified for the opening of the system and regular operations. As the streetcar become part of our cityscape, please remember these tips to stay safe around the Atlanta Streetcar.

http://atlantadowntown.com/initiatives/atlanta-streetcar/safety

 

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2014 Elevate Atlanta

October 14, 2014

Join us for Elevate Atlanta October 17-23. Programming will include public art installations, music and dance performances, gallery exhibits and eclectic street art in various venues throughout Downtown Atlanta such as Gallery 72 and Woodruff Park.

www.elevateatlantaart.com

 

 


 

Sips in the City

October 8, 2014

 

Downtown Atlanta restaurants will quench your thirst for ice cold beers and crafty cocktails with Sips in the City. Unwind and enjoy drink specials at several enticing restaurants in Downtown Atlanta. Every weekday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sips in the City brings you the perfect setting for an after-work gathering or to get a head start on a night on the town.  http://www.atlantadowntown.com/fun/sips-2014

Related Tags: Members, Restaurants, Economic Development


 

Out to Lunch

September 3, 2014

Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) is excited to announce the launch of OUT TO LUNCH on Broad & in the Park!  In partnership with Creative Loafing, CAP invites Downtown’s many students, residents, office workers and visitors to enjoy the unique Broad Street and Woodruff Park dining experience.

What: As the home of nearly 300 restaurants, Downtown provides the perfect opportunity to take a break from work to enjoy lunch with your friends and colleagues.  This summer, take advantage of your Friday lunch hour and go Out to Lunch on Broad & in the Park!  With an expansive range of authentic international cuisine options, Broad Street in the historic Fairlie-Poplar district offers a unique dining experience.  Get your lunch to-go and enjoy eating outdoors on Broad Street or in Woodruff Park, conveniently located across Peachtree Street.

When: Every Friday June - September (excluding major holidays)

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Broad Street (between Luckie and Walton streets) in the heart of Downtown’s historic Fairlie-Poplar District and Woodruff Park.

Who: Restaurants located within a one block radius of Broad Street between Luckie and Marietta streets, serving a wide variety of cuisines at a range of price points.

Cost: Free for all to attend.

Related Tag: Restaurants


 

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