Safe Winter Walking Tips

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Join us for “Holiday Hoops”

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Move It Monday: The Monday Mile

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If you walk a regular Monday Mile, you’ll find that the same old route might get a little boring. It’s easy to walk a mile, but sometimes it’s difficult to stay motivated to walk everyday, especially when the temperatures cool! You’re likely to stay indoors if it’s dark and cold, like most winter months are. However, when you’re feeling uninspired, the best thing to do is challenge yourself! Get outside today and everyday! Here’s a list of things you can do to enhance your #MondayMile this week!

For more information on staying healthy visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

 

Move It Monday: Recommit to your Workout Routine

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Now that the holiday season has officially kicked off, it may be difficult to stick to your workout routine. Rather than skip out on fitness, use this Monday to recommit to your workout and keep your momentum going. Here are four tips on how to recommit to your exercise routine when you get off track!

Read more on the Move It Monday blog.

Halloween Themed Third Friday Bike Ride: October 20 at 6:30 p.m.

IMG_0999Join  Decatur Active Living for the October Halloween themed Third Friday FUN Bike Ride on October 20. Ride through Decatur neighborhoods and view Halloween decorations. You are encouraged to wear costumes and/or decorate your bike for the occasion. Greg White is this month’s ride leader!

The ride is approximately 6 miles at a slow pace. This is a no-drop ride. Helmets and lights are required. 

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about biking in Decatur visit decaturga.com/biking.

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.

“Walking Past the Dead” Tree Tour – Rescheduled for October 28

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Biketober – Take the Challenge!

The City of Decatur is participating in the annual Atlanta Bike Challenge: Biketober

Bike Ride and Info October 6th
Join us on Friday, October 6th for a “warm-up” ride and a chance to register yourself and/or a team of up to 8 riders. Join Decatur Active Living, Bicycle South and GA Commute Options for information, a chance to register, and some free goodies. Then at 6:30 pm we will take a ride to get warmed-up! There will be an option of a 2 mile or an 8 mile ride, so everyone can participate.

Register!
The City of Decatur has formed a City Employee Team, so compete against us! Learn more and register today at http://www.atlbikechallenge.com. You may win a great prize!

For more information on bicycling in Decatur contact Cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

Want to learn more about bike safety? We have a Bicycling Smart Class on October 21 at 10 am with Nedra Deadwyler. The cost is only $10.

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Wednesday is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day – Join us for a FREE class!

downloadThis Wednesday, September 27, is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day and Decatur Active Living has a free class for you! This year’s theme is ““Make the Healthy Choice…Get Active!” and Bobbie Elzey is offering her class for free  this Wednesday. Join Bobbie at 9 am for Aerobic Dance or at 10:15 am for Functional Exercises for Seniors. Both classes are held at the Decatur Recreation Center.

This is also Healthy Aging Week so you may want to join us on Wednesday at 10 am for 50+ Walks. We walk 2-3 miles at a conversational pace. Meet new friends as you enjoy an invigorating walk around the City.

For more ideas on staying active, visit the Playbook online.

 

 

Third Sunday Stroll: Explore Woodlands Garden on September 17

Join members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the Third Sunday Stroll which will be held this Sunday, September 17 at 2 pm. This month’s walk will explore Woodland Gardens. Larn about the plants as you tour and enjoy some time in nature.

Meet at Westchester School and be ready to walk at 2 pm.

For more information on walking in Decatur click here.