Trail Etiquette: Share the Trail

With more  people using the PATH it is a good time to review trail etiquette.Let’s make sure everyone has a good ride or walk. These tips are from the League of American Bicyclists……

Courtesy

  • Respect all trail users
  • Yield to slower users
  • Obey the rules of the trail

Announce when passing

  • Use a bell, horn or voice to indicate your intention to pass
  • Warn other well in advance so you do not startle them

Yield when entering and crossing

  • Yield to traffic at places where the trail crosses the road
  • Yield to other users at trail intersections

Keep Right

  • Stay as close to the right as possible, except when passing

Pass on Left

  • Pull out only when you are sure the lane is clear
  • Allow plenty of room, about two bike lengths, before moving back to the right

Be Predictable

  • Travel in a straight line unless you are avoiding hazards or passing
  • Indicate your intention to turn or pass

Use Lights at Night

  • Most trial users will not have lights at night; use a white front and red rear light.

Do not block the trail

  • For group rides, use no more than half the trail
  • Stop and regroup completely off the trail

Bike Safety Poster Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Bike Safety Poster Contest sponsored by Decatur Active Living and Bicycle South. Winners’ posters will be displayed around town during May, which is National Bike Month. Be on the lookout and  follow the safety tips!

For more information on Bike Month and biking in Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

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Mara Jones Receives Biking Award from GA SRTS Resource Center

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Pictured above are GA SRTS’s Nichole Hollis and Renfroe student Mara Jones.

GA Safe Routes to School Resource Center recently presented the “Bike the Extra Mile Award” to Renfroe student Mara Jones at the recent SRTS Palooza held at Morehouse College.

Mara is 12 years old and in 7th grade at Renfroe.  She has been riding her bike to school since she was in kindergarten.  Her ride in k-3 was 1.5 miles, 4-5 2.5 miles and Renfroe 2.3 miles.  She is not stopped by rain or cold or hot weather.  Over the years she has encouraged other people to ride their bikes.  You may see her bike to school group biking down Sycamore in the mornings. Mara not only bikes to school but she also bikes to other activities.

Congratulations to Mara! We are so proud of her.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

The City of Decatur Active Living and Police Divisions honored our wonderful crossing guards this week with a  breakfast to show appreciation for keeping our children safe as they make their way to and from school. The guards also received a special Safe Routes to School water bottle and a certificate of appreciation.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Lindley who is retiring at the end of 2016 after 33 years at Oakhurst!

Be sure to thank your crossing guards!

For more information on Decatur’s Safe Routes to School program, visit decaturga.com/srts.

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It’s Crossing Guard Appreciation Week!

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Be sure to say “Thank You” to our wonderful City of Decatur Crossing Guards this week. Consider having your child made them a card, bring a flower, or simply say Thank You! as they cross the street.

Our Crossing Guards brave all types of weather to keep our children safe as they walk and bike to school. Let’s show them how much they are appreciated!

Click here for a thank you note template and other ideas.

City of Decatur Finalist in Kaboom! Play Everywhere Challenge

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Wouldn’t it be great to have one of these in Decatur?

The City of Decatur was selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award outside-the-box ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The Challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.  

The City of Decatur created an innovative plan for a Pedal to School Bike Bus and a renewal of the bus stop on Trinity Place into a play space. The project was selected as a finalist out of a pool of more than 1,000 applications nationwide. Winners will be announced in early fall, 2016. 

The Challenge, developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts, attracted an outpouring of creative ideas to spark kids’ imaginations and get their bodies moving. Decaturs idea came from a passion for getting kids more involved in Safe Routes to School.

 

The Pedal to School Bike Bus is currently being used in Holland and is a great way for children to travel to school while getting exercise along the way. Riding a bike brings joy and good health, and the bike bus is particularly whimsical, said Danielle Suchdev, member of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  The bus will enable 11 children to bike themselves to school, departing from the Decatur Housing Authority.

“We were astonished at the number and quality of the applications we received,” said James Siegal, CEO of KaBOOM!. “To us, it shows a huge, untapped potential to reimagine cities with kids in mind, and boost their opportunity to get the play they need to thrive. And when kids thrive, cities thrive.”

Kids need play to grow up healthy, resilient and ready for life. Research shows play is vital to healthy brain development and is pivotal to how kids learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity–in other words, the skills they need to succeed as adults. Yet today, too many kids, especially those growing up in poverty, are missing out on play because of families’ time pressures, the lure of screens, and a lack of safe places to go. Meanwhile, evidence shows missing out on the chance to play puts kids at risk for challenges ranging from obesity to anxiety to trouble adjusting in school.

“Were thrilled at the possibility that Decaturs kids could win this fantastic new opportunity to learn and develop from play, said Cheryl Burnette of Decatur Active Living. “If we’re selected as a winner, we hope it will be just the beginning of a larger effort to make play a way of life for kids and families in our community and to have a way for more children to experience biking to school.”

Winners for the competition will be selected in fall 2016. To learn more about Decaturs ideas for making play happen everywhere in the city,  contact Cheryl Burnette. To learn more about the Play Everywhere Challenge, including a gallery of ideas for what Play Everywhere could look like across the U.S. please visit http://kaboom.org/playeverywhere

 

 

 

Congratulations to Jessie Hadley, SRTS Champion of the Year!

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Congratulations to Jessie Hadley, Safe Routes to School Champion of the Year for the metro area!

Jessie took over as Parent Champion at Winnona Park Elementary in Decatur for the 2014-2015 school year.  Mrs. Hadley immediately went to work to increase the numbers of walkers and bikers at the school. Jessie has a lot of energy and for International Walk & Roll day in 2013, 50% of the students participated and that number increased in 2014 to 56%.

The school holds special Walk & Roll Days the first Wednesday of each month, and the numbers remain consistent and even increase during the nice Spring weather. They also participate in Bike to School Day.

Jessie has used various ideas and methods to increase student’s participation. She created a special sign that they display the day before their Walk & Roll Days to remind both parents and students.

On walk days, the students all earn a marble upon arrival at school that is put into a special “Marble counter.” On GA Walk & Roll day this past March, the marble counter was overflowing so she had to add a bucket to collect the rest of the marbles! The school had the highest participation in Decatur for this special day and was awarded  our special “Golden Shoe Award” which was presented at a student community circle time.

Jessie has also recruited several parent volunteers to assist with the Walk & Roll Days.  Not only do the students receive the marbles and other incentives such as stickers, etc. but the parents are offered coffee and they love hanging out and visiting with each other.

Jessie has created a great feeing of community around Walk & Roll to School!

Congratulations to Jessie for a job well done!

Show Your Support for the New Crosswalk on Candler

DATES: Wednesday, May 25th & Thursday, May 26th
TIME: Approximately 7-8:30am

We need your help.  Come out for a morning walk or bike ride at the new crosswalk located at South Candler Street near East Davis Street this week to show your support for safe pedestrian crossings.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will be conducting pedestrian counts this Wednesday and Thursday morning at their new crosswalk located on South Candler Street near East Davis Street.  Based on their observations, they will determine what type of pedestrian signal to install.  GDOT hopes to collect this data before school lets out so that they can make the improvement before the fall.

Who’s Invited?

Folks of all ages are encouraged to get active on your way to school, work, or even just a morning stroll.  Walkers, cyclists, skaters, and even dogs can join in the fun.

Where Should I Walk?

Participants are asked to cross South Candler Street at East Davis Street, using the new crosswalk installed by GDOT this week.  GDOT officials will be on hand to conduct pedestrian counts.

Questions?    Contact Lena Stevens, lena.stevens@decaturga.com

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It’s National Bike to School Day!

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Be on the lookout for lots of  little walkers and cyclists today!

Bike Safety Poster Winners!

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Contest winners: Ethan Donald, Isaiah Guerrieri, Caroline Tusher and Cara Holecek

 

The winners of the very first Safe Routes to School Bike Safety Poster Contest presented their posters to the City Commission last evening. They were recognized by the Commissioners and awarded gift certificates by Brian Dunne, owner of Bicycle South who was the sponsor of the contest.

Be on the lookout for their bike safety reminders which will be posted around the City for National Bike Month. The posters are featured in the May Decatur FOCUS.