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

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.