City of Decatur named the first Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community in Georgia by the League of American Bicyclists!

The City of Decatur is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)!

Earlier this year, Decatur applied for the League of American Bicyclists’ prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community award. It has long been a goal of the City of Decatur to be a recognized leader for the work our transportation professionals and local citizens have put in over the years to make our community more accessible by bike. Today, we’re proud to be part of the nearly 500 communities across the United States that are transforming America one Bicycle Friendly Community at a time.

“Biking has the power to transform our nation economically, environmentally and socially and it’s so important that communities like Decatur have laid the groundwork over several years to make biking a safe, accessible option for all. With many more Americans turning to biking as a fun way to get outdoors and as a necessary transportation option, we must keep the momentum to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone going,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “This Bicycle Friendly Community award is the culmination of years of work put in by Decatur and its citizen advocates for better biking. This award round, Decatur joins 57 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities in the movement toward healthier, more sustainable and connected places. As we gear up for what we hope to be a transformational new year for biking investment, we’re grateful that Decatur and communities like it are pedaling alongside us to power the better bicycling movement.” 

People across our community are biking more than ever, for commuting to essential jobs, trips to the store, and for recreation. The Silver-level BFC award recognizes Decatur’s commitment to improving conditions for all people who bike through investments in bike education programs, bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies, and bike infrastructure. We can’t wait for future events where we can all celebrate this award and our achievements for building a better community together. 

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Community program at bikeleague.org/community and for more information on bicycling in Decatur visit DecaturGa.com/biking or contact sara.holmes@decaturga.com.

Do you want Decatur to be a leader in the Atlanta Region’s local food movement?

Do you believe it’s important for your city to prioritize urban agriculture?

Your voice is needed at our upcoming Community Food Forum!

City of Decatur Community Food Forum

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

The City of Decatur applied to develop the Atlanta region’s second City Agriculture Plan in partnership with Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission and has been chosen to move forward with the next step of the selection process – holding a Community Food Forum for Decatur residents. The Community Food Forum is an opportunity for residents to learn more about the City Agriculture Plan process, voice their support for a strong local food system, and ask questions.

The City Agriculture Plan program aims to bring local governments together with their communities to create plans incorporating urban agriculture and local food into the next phase of cities’ development. Food Well Alliance and the Atlanta Regional Commission will select one city to develop a City Agriculture Plan in 2022. The Community Food Forums will inform the selection process by assessing the readiness and enthusiasm of each city to participate in the comprehensive and inclusive planning process.

All City of Decatur residents are encouraged to reflect on how support for local growers and increased access to local food and agricultural goods can enhance their vision for the City of Decatur’s growth and attend the forum to learn more. Register for the Forum here!

Gratitude Monday

It is the perfect time to reflect on what you are thankful for during Thanksgiving week. Our friends from DeStress Monday encourage us to reach out to the people in your life who make it special.

You are what makes Decatur Active Living so special! We are incredibly grateful for continued support and participation in our programs. THANK YOU for making Decatur Active Living so great.

National Crossing Guard Week

Decatur named Carolyn Shorter as Decatur’s Crossing Guard of the Year!

Carolyn Shorter embodies everything the Decatur community wants in a school crossing guard. She genuinely LOVES working with and for children and it shows in her attitude and how she serves as a crossing guard. Carolyn brings joy and fun with her every single day.

“Ms. Carolyn is a wonderful crossing guard and absolutely goes above and beyond. My 4th grader has dismissed me from walking him to/from school, so I don’t see Ms. Carolyn often any more. But she absolutely puts herself between the kids and any dangerous traffic situation. She encourages them and takes the time to build a rapport so that they are more likely to listen and follow her direction. She is a trusted and beloved presence in the school community.” – Sara Weathersby, Parent

“Carolyn has shown herself to be very dependable and professional. She embraces her position and goes above and beyond to make it not only safe, but fun and enjoyable for those around her. Whether it’s through finding neon colored apparel to match her uniform, or giving treats to the kids on Fridays, Carolyn creates an environment that makes everyone want to be a crossing guard.” – Sgt. Phillip Nembheard, Decatur Police Department Crossing Guard Supervisor

Join us in congratulating, Carolyn Shorter, as Decatur’s Crossing Guard of the year! We also want to thank all of our crossing guards for a job well-done!

It’s National School Bus Safety Week!

Be Safe: Know the Danger Zone

Buses are big! If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you. Protect yourself and others by staying out of the danger zone with the following safety tips.

  1. No Touch Zone – If you can touch the bus, you’re too close
  2. Keep your Distance – Stay 10 feet away from all sides of the school bus
  3. Stay Alert – Look to the left and right before entering or exiting the bus
  4. Wait for the OK – Wait for the driver’s signal to cross and never cross behind the bus

Don’t forget to show extra appreciation for your bus drivers this week!

Decatur Parents Network hosting “The Science of Addiction Recovery” speaker series.

Join the Decatur Parents Network for National Recovery Month tomorrow, September 29th at 7pm via Zoom.. Hear from Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist , Susan Morley, about The Science of Addiction Recovery. Scan the QR code below to register for the speaker series.

Biketober starts next Friday!

Roll with us next month for Biketober! Check out our biking programs and don’t forget to sign up for our We Bike Decatur team with Love to Ride.

Terri Kruzan’s Dog Training for People

Terri & Blaky at Run with the Dogs

We sat down with our resident dog whisperer, Terri Kruzan, to talk about her passion for dog training and agility:

I work with people to help their dogs become confident and happy companions in our community. We all want to walk our neighborhood sidewalks with a calm dog by our side and be able to have a conversation with a friend without a pulling, barking dog at our feet. People seek me out for help with basic obedience skills, with separation anxiety and with reactivity to new people, dogs and things. The most common feedback I get from people is how they learned 15 minutes of mental stimulation is equal to 60 minutes of physical stimulation to calm their dog.

I work with people in their homes and with members of their household as well as in group classes through Decatur Active Living.  I am a long-term resident of Decatur and in my retirement, I followed my passion and became certified as a dog trainer through Animal Behavior College.  The name for my business came from my son and his friends who said just name your business after your approach that ‘people need to learn just as much as their dogs!’  Neighbors know and trust me and I chose to share my classes through the Decatur Active Living as a way to give back to my community.

Fall Classes are:

Dog Agility for Fun

Six-week course teaches your dog how to go over, through & on obstacles and how humans guide their dogs – a mentally & physically stimulating sport.

Starts on Thurs 9/23 at 5:45-6:45PM

Basic Dog Obedience

Six-week course focuses on learning basic dog obedience manners, as well as solving problem behaviors, such as jumping, pulling & barking.

Starts on Sat, 10/2 from 10-11 AM.

For questions, contact: Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113

Move It Monday: Try Habit-Stacking

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns.org:

We know what you’re thinking — what is habit stacking?

The idea behind habit stacking is simple: add a new behavior to your daily schedule by “stacking it” on top of an existing habit. The concept of habit stacking was pioneered by James Clear, author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, and it is designed to help individuals incorporate more healthy behaviors into their lives without disrupting their normal routine. Seamlessly incorporating physical activity throughout the day can lead to weight loss and reduced instances of chronic illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension.

For example, many of us make coffee in the morning, and, whether you’re using a drip pot or French press, the brewing process takes between 5 – 10 minutes. During the time you wait for your coffee, you can easily add a new better-for-you behavior into your schedule, such as a few sets of high knees or a light jog-in-place.

By stacking enough of these habits, you’ll effectively incorporate a surprising amount of extra physical activity into your daily routine without even realizing it.

For ideas and to learn more, click here.

Third Friday Bike Ride is Friday, August 20

Join Decatur Active Living for this social-paced bike ride around Decatur neighborhoods. We bike approximately six miles and no-one will be left behind. Please wear a helmet and mask. This ride is not appropriate for children.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm.