ARRRRGust Third Friday Bike Ride is Friday!

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Join Decatur Active Living for the monthly Third Friday Bike Ride on August 18 at 6 pm. In August we will “ride like a pirate!” Costumes and/or props are encouraged. The first 20 riders to show up will receive a special pirate bandanna!

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to roll at 6 pm for this 5-6 mile ride around Decatur neighborhoods. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshment and fun.

This is a slow-paced social, no-drop ride. Riders should be familiar with how to use their gears and be able to ride up small hills. It’s Georgia and hard to avoid them!

Helmets are required to City sponsored rides. Lights are strongly encouraged.

For more information contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or click here.

Move It Monday: Sneak in a Workout

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If you missed your 30 minutes of cardio, you may have made up for it without even realizing it. There are several things that you do every day that burn calories and contribute to getting more physical activity. This Monday, make a note of some of the things you do around the house and during the day that require you to move around more, then build on that to be more active! Check out the Move it Monday blog for a few ideas of “stealth activities” that can help you burn calories.

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!

How to Lock Your Bike

The following information is from Momentum Magazine. Read the entire article here.

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Illustrator: Thomas James

A man sauntered into our neighborhood bike shop and examined the display of locks. He hefted the most impressive one, a massive, heavy chain, looked at the price tag and frowned. “I don’t know if I can afford it,” he said to the shop owner.

“Can you afford to have your bike stolen?” the owner replied.

This is, in a nutshell, the basic logic of bike security. Bikes are light and easily transported, convenient qualities not only for bike owners, but also for bike thieves. They’re also easily resold, infrequently tracked down by law enforcement, and too often perceived as an “assumed loss,” – many people simply expect to have their bicycle stolen at some point. As a result, bike theft is an absolutely massive – and growing – problem in many cities worldwide.

As the number of bicycles on our streets increase, so too do the number of people trying to make a quick buck off of their vulnerability. But your bicycle doesn’t have to be an assumed loss. By taking a few simple precautions and investing in a decent lock or two, you can basically ensure your precious ride will always be exactly where you left it.

Continue reading the article here.

And here is a good video for the school children on how to lock their bike at school.

Sharing the Trail

Since the path can be congested it’s important to follow the same rules as everyone else in order to have a safe and enjoyable time.

•    Be courteous
•    Know the rules of the trail you are using
•    Give a clear signal when passing
•    Be cautious and yield to crossing traffic
•    Always be predictable by riding in a straight line
•    If you are riding while it is dark, be sure to use lights
•    Only use half the width of the trail
•    Keep it clean

Watch more videos at http://www.bikeleague.org.

Drivers and Pedestrians – Let’s Stay Safe

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Child Safety Seminar – August 21

Child Safety Tips Seminar For Parents

Spend Monday Smiling!

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“It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown!” This is a common expression used to encourage people to look at the bright side and focus on the positive. But what if the physical act of smiling actually had a positive effect on your brain? Research says that it just might! Start this Monday with a smile to give your brain a pick-me-up!

Read more here.

Update: Crosswalk at S. Candler and E. Davis

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The crosswalk at South Candler St and East Davis St is an active construction zone until installation of the HAWK signal is complete. Beginning Thursday, August 3rd, the crosswalk will be staffed with a crossing guard during the morning and afternoon school zone hours. Please proceed with caution when crossing at this location.

From time to time during construction of the HAWK, the crosswalk may be closed without notice. Please make sure you have an alternate route. The City is striving to make your travel to school safe and pleasant. Please bear with us.

Please Avoid Crossing at E. Davis – Construction is Underway for HAWK Signal

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Construction on a new HAWK signal at the East Davis and South Candler crosswalk is currently underway. Until the project is completed this fall, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to avoid the active construction zone and either cross South Candler at Kirk Road or Dougherty Street. Once completed, the crosswalk will be staffed with a crossing guard during regular school zone hours.