The first Code Orange Smog Alert of 2012 has been issued for Friday, according to The Clean Air Campaign.
That means the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups, including people with asthma.
To help improve air quality, The Clean Air Campaign is urging people to consider alternatives to driving alone during the warmer months when air pollution is more likely to form. In metro Atlanta, half of all smog-forming emissions come from cars.
Here are some suggested commuting options from The Clean Air Campaign:
- Carpool: Share the ride – you keep pollutants out of our air and reduce traffic. Using the HOV lane should also you save time. Plus on days you’re not driving, you arrive to work less stressed.
- Vanpooling: Vanpoolers save money on gas and car expenses and can keep 10 cars off the road everyday. Vanpools can travel in the HOV lane, so everyone can kick back and relax (unless you're the driver). Vendors in the region provide the vehicle, insurance and the maintenance. If you’re looking to join a vanpool or carpool, ARC’s RideSmart database has more than 50,000 commuters looking to share the ride too. It will match you with others who work and live near you.
- Transit: Using transit for part or all of your commute means you're reducing air pollution and traffic. It can also save you money.
- Telework: Avoid traffic altogether by working from home. Teleworkers are proven to be 10-20 percent more productive than their in-office counterparts.
- Bike or Walk: Nearly 25 percent of our trips are less than one mile, and if you're not far from work, it's a healthy option. In fact, more than 20,000 metro Atlantans ride their bicycle or walk to work each day.
- Rearranging your work schedule: Instead of changing how you get to work, you might try adjusting when you get there. By driving at off-peak times, you avoid sitting in traffic and pollute a lot less. And by working a compressed work week, you can avoid commuting one day a week.
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