Move It Monday: Speed Up Your Monday Mile

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns.org:

It may seem like a leisurely activity, but walking is most definitely a workout. Moving at a brisk pace—whether it’s around the neighborhood, through the park, or up-and-down city streets—can help improve endurance, heart health, bone strength, flexibility, and weight management. And since it’s a low-impact exercise, walking is an excellent option for people of all ages and ability levels.

Here’s how you can take your Monday Mile to the next level.

Beautiful Blackbird – Live at Ebster Courtyard!

On Saturday, June 12 the Alliance Theatre will present a FREE production of Beautiful Blackbird at the Ebster Courtyard. The show begins at 11 am.

Atlanta’s favorite feathered funk band is going on tour! Featuring original music composed by Eugene H. Russell IV and inspired by Ashley Bryan’s children’s book BEAUTIFUL BLACKBIRD, this FREE family friendly concert will have you on your feet celebrating the uniqueness of each and every one of us. Shake your tail-feathers and dance to the music! 

The event is free, however you MUST reserve your space by claiming a ticket here as attendance is limited to provide space between attendees. Bring a blanket or a chair and plan to join us for this fun family friendly morning!

Use Movement to Boost Your Mood

From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Physical activity is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, but regular movement—whether it’s dance, running, tennis, or yoga—can also have an immediate impact on your mental health and well-being.

Many forms of physical activity offer physiological benefits because they trigger a series of chemicals events that help improve brain function and regulate mood. And regardless of your current level of physical fitness, there is an endless number of exercises and movements you can practice—anytime or anywhere—to help relieve stress.

But to truly take advantage of the benefits of physical activity, one must understand the basics of how the different exercises and movements affect the body and mind.

Tai Chi and Yoga on the Square Continue in June

In June, we will be offering both Yoga and Tai Chi on the Square. Classes are free, but you must register at the links below. Please wear a mask.

Tai Chi will be held on Tuesdays at 9 am and taught by Steve Dorage and Neil Norton. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E48A8AB29A2FF2-maytai

Yoga will be held on Thursdays at 9 am and taught by Cheryl Burnette. Bring your own mat and a block if you have one. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a8ab29a2ff2-mayyoga

Bike Infrastructure in Decatur, and a Survey

This is our last post from Margaret Beltrami. Please take a few minutes to answer the survey at the end of this post.

We made it through National Bike Month! I hope everyone was able to get some bike rides in and of course being safe while doing so. Today for the last post, we will be looking at city infrastructure. Also, don’t miss the end of this post where I will be highlighting the next steps for my Gold Award project and I will be including an anonymous survey for you to complete if you would like to. 

Today’s post will be about city infrastructure. What this means is that I will be highlighting common lane configurations and street markings that riders often see as they bike on roads and in the city, so you know what they are and what they mean. 

Bike Lanes

Bike lanes are lanes on the road that are only for cyclists to use. This helps bikers be able to ride without interference with other cars. Bike lanes do not have physical boundaries, but are instead marked on the pavement by white lines. They usually have a white bike symbol and/or have “bike lane” written in white paint also. The image below shows an example of what a bike lane could look like on the road. The bicycle symbol would be in white paint.

Sharrows

Sharrows are not bike lanes, but they do help bikers and cars share the road. Essentially, if there is not space for cars and cyclists to each have their own lane, sharrows are used. Additionally, they help to alert drivers that there could be bikers around them. Sharrows are marked on the street with a white bicycle symbol with two upward pointing arrows above it. The image below shows an example of what sharrows might look like on the road. The bicycle symbol would be in white paint.  

Bike Boxes

Bike boxes are green pavement markings located at intersections to reduce accidents and to help cyclists have a safe way to move through the intersection. They also include green bike lanes leading to and from the intersection. They are currently not implemented in many cities, but they are used here in Decatur! The image below shows an example of what bike boxes could look like, and the bicycle symbol would be in white paint. It also should be noted that bike boxes sometimes look different, especially considering multiple lanes. 

Cycle Track

Cycle tracks are areas for cyclists that are only for bikers and are physically separated from the rest of the road by some kind of barrier. For example, this could include concrete walls, a greenspace, or durable medians. The image below shows an example of what a cycle track could look like, and the bicycle symbol would be in white paint. Other cycle tracks could include plants, trees, or a larger barrier.

And that is all for today’s post as well as all of my posts for National Bike Month. As I mentioned in my very first blog post, I am working towards my Gold Award, and my project is about bike helmet safety. I wanted to add what my next steps to my project are so that you can keep an eye out for what I am planning. 

In the future I plan to write information for the City of Decatur’s website about bike helmet safety. I also plan to create permanent signs on some of Decatur’s paths to help remind people about wearing helmets. Lastly, I plan on hosting a bike helmet drive, where the helmets will go to Decatur residents who may not bea ble to afford on.. 

Finally, if you would take this quick, anonymous survey about the blog posts I have made throughout the month of May, that would really help me out! Even if you have only read one out of the five posts I made, if you would still complete it, that would be fantastic and will help me to measure the impact of my project! 

Here is the link: https://forms.gle/eAuEVqDQJSeAa5R6A

Planning on Retiring? Register for classes now!

The Retirement Guy is hosting several virtual educational classes. Check out the graphic below to see times and descriptions. Reach out to Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com to register for each class.

Bike Rides This Week

Join Decatur Active Living staff for the Senior Bike Ride this Friday, May 28 at 10 am. Meet in front of the
Decatur Recreation Center for this slow-paced ride through Decatur neighborhoods.

On Saturday we will ride through Decatur with stops at some of the public art that has been installed in the city.
.Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 10 am. This ride is approximately 6 miles.

Helmets are required for all City sponsored bike rides.

Trails & Ales – Tuesday, May 27 at 6pm

Don’t miss out on our Trails & Ales program. Sign up now by contacting Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com.

Destress Monday: Practice Positivity

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns:

Positive affirmations can help motivate you to pursue new healthy habits and overcome existing challenges by replacing that little negative voice in the back of your head with words of encouragement. Think of a positive affirmation as a mini, personal pep talk that you repeat to yourself in order to stay focused, driven, and inspired. These short phrases can be especially useful when attempting to recommit to an exercise routine or advance your level of fitness.

Read our positive affirmations and use this Move It Monday to harness the power of good thoughts.

Trails & Ales – Tuesday, May 27 at 6pm