Time to Enter the Bike To School Poster Contest

We are encouraging children in grades K – 8 to enter the 4th annual Bike To School Poster Contest. Entries are due at your school no later than 5 pm on March 8. Schools will select their top three entries and submit them to Decatur Active Living to be judged by a special panel of judges. The top 4 posters will receive a gift certificate from Bicycle South and will be invited to a May City Commission meeting to be recognized.

Entry forms are available at the schools, Ebster and Decatur Recreation Centers and online at decaturga.com/srts.

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International Walk & Roll Day is Wednesday: Drive Carefully

Wednesday is International Walk & Roll to School Day so be on the lookout for even more of our city’s schoolchildren walking and biking to school. Slow down and give children (and all pedestrians) the right of way.

In 2017 we had over 2400 children participating in grades pre-k through 8th grade, 60% of the enrollment. This year we expect even more children. If you are a parent, please encourage your child to walk or bike to school.

A special thanks to all of our school champions who encourage children to walk or bike to school. For more information about the program click here.

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City Schools of Decatur First Day- August 1

As the school bells ring around the City Decatur on Wednesday, August 1 remember that many of our youth walk and bike to school.  Decatur has had an active SRTS program since 2005 and keep in mind some of the safety tips2nd place poster listed below:

  1. Drivers slow down and follow the traffic rules in school zones.
  2. Use a crosswalk and obey crossing guards.
  3. Wear a helmet when riding a bike to school.
  4. Use main streets and travel in groups when walking to school.
  5. Talk about bus safety.
  6. Be smart about posting back-to-school first day pictures on your social media.
  7. Get to know the other children and parents in your neighborhood and make sure your children use the “buddy system” when walking to and from school.
  8. If you are in the downtown area notice the new blue logos “Walk Your Wheels”.

Decatur SRTS Facts:

  • Children who walk to school are better behaved and focused.
  • Decatur’s SRTS program includes all of our elementary schools as well as the ELC, the 4/5 Academy and Renfroe Middle School.
  • The City provides 33 crossing guards for our 4.5 square miles
  • Make sure you meet your SRTS Champion and get involved.
  • For more information contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6541.  Gregory.White@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6543.

Have a great school year.

 

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Come on Out and Support Decatur High Soccer

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GA Walk & Roll Day is Tomorrow, March 7

 

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On Wednesday, March 7, children in the City Schools of Decatur will participate in the annual Georgia Walk & Roll to School Day. In 2017, over 1500 children in Decatur participated by walking or rolling to school. Let’s beat that number in 2018!

Did you know?
Decatur has had an active Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program since 2005.

The program won the Golden Shoe Award from PEDS for Pedestrian Friendly School System.

In 2008 the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s program.

Thanks to our wonderful parent “school champions” who keep the children motivated to walk or bike to school. Parents not only encourage children to participate in the program, but offer walking  school buses on special walk days and greet the children at the school with incentive items such as bracelets and stickers.

Be on the lookout for our walkers and rollers and drive safely!

For more information on SRTS in Decatur, click here.

Safe Routes Survey – Deadline Extended To October 20

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Decatur Active Living partners with the City Schools of Decatur to participate in the Safe Routes to School Program and is excited that so many of our children walk and/or roll to school.

Parent surveys enable us to make program improvements and address safety concerns around the schools. Results from this survey will be used in planning transportation improvements and alternatives. Some of the changes that have resulted from past surveys include crosswalks, additional crossing guards and new sidewalks.

Please complete one Safe Routes to School survey for each child in your family by October 20th. In addition, please mark the route your child will take to school on the map at the link provided in the survey. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BMMW6R9

Safe Routes to School programs promote safe walking and bicycling to school.  Here are several highlights from the SRTS program:

  • The City’s crews checked sidewalk segments in front of all schools before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and filed down places where separation could cause a trip hazard.
  • The timing of a light at Wilton and Clairemont Avenue has been changed to provide for safer crossing at the crosswalk.
  • The City has received a grant for a HAWK signal in front of Westchester School and it is planned to begin construction in late Spring of 2018.
  • A HAWK signal and crosswalk is being installed on S. Candler Road.
  • Over 58% of the students in the City Schools of Decatur participated in International Walk & Roll to School Day in October and in Georgia Walk & Roll day in March.
  • The city has installed 36 crossing guards throughout the city to ensure the safety of our children.
  • The Decatur SRTS program has been featured at the National Parks and Recreation Association Conference, the National Walk Summit, The Georgia Parks and Recreation Conference and the Georgia Bike Summit.

Please plan to participate in our Safe Routes to School program in the upcoming year.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

Safe Routes to School Survey Reminder – Deadline is Friday, October 13th.

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Deadline:  October 13th

Decatur Active Living partners with the City Schools of Decatur to participate in the Safe Routes to School Program and is excited that so many of our children walk and/or roll to school.

Parent surveys enable us to make program improvements and address safety concerns around the schools. Results from this survey will be used in planning transportation improvements and alternatives. Some of the changes that have resulted from past surveys include crosswalks, additional crossing guards and new sidewalks.

Please complete one Safe Routes to School survey for each child in your family by October 13th. In addition please mark the route your child will take to school on the map at the link provided in the survey. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BMMW6R9

Safe Routes to School programs promote safe walking and bicycling to school.  Here are several highlights from the SRTS program:

  • The City’s crews checked sidewalk segments in front of all schools before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and filed down places where separation could cause a trip hazard.
  • The timing of a light at Wilton and Clairemont Avenue has been changed to provide for safer crossing at the crosswalk.
  • The City has received a grant for a HAWK signal in front of Westchester School and it is planned to begin construction in late Spring of 2018.
  • A HAWK signal and crosswalk is being installed on S. Candler Road.
  • Over 58% of the students in the City Schools of Decatur participated in International Walk & Roll to School Day in October and in Georgia Walk & Roll day in March.
  • The city has installed 36 crossing guards throughout the city to ensure the safety of our children.
  • The Decatur SRTS program has been featured at the National Parks and Recreation Association Conference, the National Walk Summit, The Georgia Parks and Recreation Conference and the Georgia Bike Summit.

For more information about Safe Routes to School in Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/srts or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

Safe Routes to School Survey

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Safe Routes to School System-wide Survey
Deadline:  October 13th

Decatur Active Living partners with the City Schools of Decatur to participate in the Safe Routes to School Program and is excited that so many of our children walk and/or roll to school.

Parent surveys enable us to make program improvements and address safety concerns around the schools. Results from this survey will be used in planning transportation improvements and alternatives. Some of the changes that have resulted from past surveys include crosswalks, additional crossing guards and new sidewalks.

Please complete one Safe Routes to School survey for each child in your family by October 13th. In addition please mark the route your child will take to school on the map at the link provided in the survey. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BMMW6R9

Safe Routes to School programs promote safe walking and bicycling to school.  Here are several highlights from the SRTS program:

  • The City’s crews checked sidewalk segments in front of all schools before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and filed down places where separation could cause a trip hazard.
  • The timing of a light at Wilton and Clairemont Avenue has been changed to provide for safer crossing at the crosswalk.
  • The City has received a grant for a HAWK signal in front of Westchester School and it is planned to begin construction in late Spring of 2018.
  • A HAWK signal and crosswalk is being installed on S. Candler Road.
  • Over 58% of the students in the City Schools of Decatur participated in International Walk & Roll to School Day in October and in Georgia Walk & Roll day in March.
  • The city has installed 36 crossing guards throughout the city to ensure the safety of our children.
  • The Decatur SRTS program has been featured at the National Parks and Recreation Association Conference, the National Walk Summit, The Georgia Parks and Recreation Conference and the Georgia Bike Summit.

For more information on the City’s Safe Routes program click here.

Throwback: Safe Routes to School 2011

This video was created in 2011 by the great parents at Clairemont Elementary to celebrate their six years of Safe Routes to School. In 2011 the school was recognized by the GA Safe Routes Resource Center. It still gives me the chills every time I watch it.

Enjoy seeing children and adults celebrating walking to school!