The Benefits of Riding Your Bike to Work: A Win-Win for Employees and Employers

As we celebrate Ride Your Bike to Work Day, let’s explore the numerous benefits of biking, not just for individual employees but also for employers and the broader community. Cycling to work promotes healthier lifestyles, reduces carbon footprints, and can lead to significant cost savings. Here’s why businesses in Atlanta, Brookhaven, Doraville, Chamblee, and unincorporated DeKalb County should support bike commuting and how the Peachtree Creek Greenway plays a pivotal role in this initiative.

Health Benefits for Employees

  1. Physical Fitness Cycling to work is a fantastic way to incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine. Regular aerobic exercise like cycling reduces the risk of health problems such as heart disease and cancer, strengthens muscles, and boosts endurance. Studies show that cyclists have a 41% lower risk of dying from all causes compared to those who commute by car​ (Harvard School of Public Health)​​ (Open Access Government)​.
  2. Mental Well-being Cycling can significantly improve mental health by reducing stress, alleviating symptoms of depression, and improving sleep patterns. Exercising outdoors, particularly in natural environments like the Peachtree Creek Greenway, enhances feelings of revitalization, increased energy, and positive engagement​ (Discerning Cyclist)​​ (Open Access Government)​.
  3. Financial Savings Biking to work can save employees substantial amounts of money. The costs associated with car payments, insurance, and fuel can be significantly reduced, leading to financial stability. The average bike commuter can save up to $2,500 annually by not driving to work​ (Discerning Cyclist)​.

Benefits for Employers

  1. Reduced Healthcare Costs Healthier employees mean lower healthcare costs. Promoting cycling to work helps reduce the incidence of chronic diseases, leading to lower health insurance premiums and fewer sick days​ (Harvard School of Public Health)​.
  2. Increased Productivity Employees who bike to work report higher levels of focus and energy throughout the day. This heightened sense of well-being translates into increased productivity and engagement, contributing to a more vibrant work environment​ (Open Access Government)​.
  3. Talent Attraction and Retention Offering amenities that promote a healthy lifestyle, such as bike racks, shower facilities, and secure bike storage, can make a company more attractive to potential employees. These features can be crucial in attracting and retaining top talent as people increasingly prioritize work-life balance and environmental responsibility​ (Open Access Government)​.

Environmental Impact

  1. Lower Carbon Footprint The transportation sector accounts for nearly 30% of all US greenhouse gas emissions. By promoting cycling to work, we can significantly reduce these emissions. A bike’s CO2 output is minimal compared to that of a car, making it a more sustainable mode of transportation​ (Discerning Cyclist)​​ (Open Access Government)​.
  2. Reduced Traffic Congestion More people biking to work means fewer cars on the road, which can alleviate traffic congestion and reduce pollution in urban areas​ (Harvard School of Public Health)​.

The Role of the Peachtree Creek Greenway

The Peachtree Creek Greenway is set to become a crucial link in Atlanta’s transportation network, connecting dozens of commercial, retail, educational, and office points of interest. It will link three major office parks—Century Center, Executive Park, and Corporate Square—and provide access to numerous schools, including the new high school in Doraville. The Greenway will also connect to key destinations like the Assembly Atlanta complex, Mercer University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and at least two MARTA stations.

Once completed, the Greenway will be connected to the Atlanta Beltline trails, PATH 400, and many other trails in the area. This extensive network will open up bike commuting to a much larger portion of the population, making it easier and safer for more people to choose cycling as their primary mode of transportation.

Creating a Bike-Friendly Workplace

To support employees who bike to work, employers can take several steps:

  1. Provide Adequate Bike Parking: Ensure bike racks are in convenient, safe, and accessible locations.
  2. Offer Shower and Changing Facilities: This allows employees to freshen up before starting their workday.
  3. Implement Financial Incentives: Consider offering stipends for bike maintenance or incentives for employees who commute by bike.
  4. Promote a Bike-Friendly Culture: Encourage biking through company events and support flexible work schedules to accommodate bike commutes.


Supporting bike commuting is a smart investment for both employees and employers. It promotes health, reduces environmental impact, and can lead to substantial financial savings. As the Peachtree Creek Greenway continues to expand, it will provide even more opportunities for safe and convenient bike commuting in the Atlanta metro area. Let’s embrace the benefits of biking to work and create a healthier, more sustainable future for our community.