Learn your Safe Routes to School before heading back on Tuesday!

City Schools of Decatur are back in session on Tuesday! Learn your Safe Route to School before you walk or roll. Our updated Safe Routes to School map is below and you can also scan the QR code to store the map on your phone. Visit our SRTS webpage to learn more.

Safe Routes to School Map

Wrapping Up Love My Bus Month

Decatur School kids tell us why they Love their Bus!

As we wrap by Love My Bus month, we wanted to give one last shoutout to our dedicated Bus Drivers and Monitors. Thank you for always keeping Decatur kids safe! GA Commute Options and Decatur Active Living recognized our Bus Driver’s and Monitors with an Appreciation Certificate and a swag bag. GA Commute Options created a video of Decatur School children telling us why they Love their Bus and the Bus Driver’s.

Decatur Active Living’s Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays to all! Decatur Active Living facilities and programs will have a modified schedule until the New Year.

Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will close on Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 PM through Monday, January 3.

Glenlake Tennis Center will be closed on December 24 and December 25 as well as December 31 and January 1. All other days have normal business hours.

Oakhurst Indoor Pool will have normal business hours except for the following dates:

  • Friday, December 23: 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • December 24 and 25: Closed for Christmas
  • Sunday, December 26: 12:00 PM (noon) – 5:00 PM
  • Friday, December 31: 6:00 AM – 2:00 pm
  • January 1: Closed on New Years Day
  • Sunday, January 2: 12:00 PM (noon) – 5:00 PM

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please reach out to our front desk at 404-377-0494.

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!

Mobile Recreation Center next Tuesday at Ebster Field

We hope to see you at Ebster Field next Tuesday, July 20th for some summer fun! We have games and sports for us to play. See you there!

It’s National School Bus Safety Week

National School Bus Safety Week is here. As a reminder, this year’s theme is “Red Lights Mean Stop!” Whether you’re riding a bus now or planning to ride one in the future, practicing school bus safety is always important.

Share the love! Remember to appreciate your bus drivers this week and on Thursday’s “We Love Our Bus Driver Day.” Bus drivers inspire us all through their hard work, dedication and bravery. We want to honor them this school year for going the extra mile to serve our families and schools during the pandemic. 

Congratulations to the SRTS Bike Poster Winners!

It is always exciting to see what wonderful poster entries we have for the annual SRTS Bike Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Why I Bike.”

The winners were selected by our sponsor, Little Shop of Stories. Generally, the winning artists attend a City Commission Meeting to give a poster to the commission. This is on hold for now, and we look forward to giving each artist their gift certificates at that time as well.

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It’s Bike Anywhere Day!

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Today would normally be Bike to School Day, however these are not normal times, so Bike Anywhere today!

Before you hop on your bike, remember to do an ABC  bike check.

Need a new route? Try one of our routes at Decaturga.com/biking.

Share your photos and tag them with #ibikedecatur and #stayactivedecatur.

Please remember to practice social distancing on your rides, and stay clear of pedestrians!


City of Decatur Chosen as Safe Routes to School Friend Partner of the Year for Metro-Atlanta!

JPEG - Safe Routes to School ColorEach year, the Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center receives nominations for Outstanding School Partners and Champions. This year, they introduced Outstanding Friend Partner and the City of Decatur is proud to be the first recipient!


The City of Decatur has had a Safe Routes to School program since 2005, when it partnered with GDOT to pilot the program. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the Decatur Active Living Division of the City of Decatur took on the management and development of the program.

  • The City formed a SRTS committee of Parent Champions and meets monthly to discuss ways to encourage children to walk or bike to school and any barriers that might prevent them from doing so. Meetings include our GA SRTS representative Marielena and Nichole from GA Commute Schools, whom we work closely with,  communications staff from the school system, and an occasional principal. Police often attend.
  • Champions receive a SRTS t-shirt from the Active Living Division.
  • The City holds an annual Bike Month Poster contest in May.
  • The Public Works division works hard to ensure safe routes for children. Before the recent opening of the Talley Street School in Fall 2019, the city held community meetings to receive input on safety improvements to be made around the school. The result was a safer intersection with traffic controls and a new sidewalk. Another sidewalk is in the process of being planned, again with community input, on a much traveled route to the school.  The city received a grant from GDOT and recently completed the installation of the PHB on a busy street in front of an elementary school.
  • The Engineering Department makes sure that crosswalks along the routes are in good condition and restripes as necessary before school opens each Fall.
  • The city met with MARTA to secure permission to use their bridge over a busy road as part of the safe routes network.
  • Decatur Police Department hires, trains, and manages the city’s 34 crossing guards. With that many guards in just 4.5 square miles, I would venture we have the most per capita! Crossing Guards are located at busy intersections and popular crossings. The Police and Active Living Divisions partner to host a breakfast for the guards where they also receive certificates and gifts.
  • The City has created a map of the safe routes throughout the city. It is printed and given to all the schools, and is also distributed in digital format, as well as on the city’s and the school system’s websites.



Air Quality Awareness Week is April 27 – May 1

Virtual Air Quality Awareness Week Calendar

Decatur’s Safe Routes to School program works with GA Commute Schools to help to reduce pollution from idling around our schools, encourage families to walk, bike, ride the bus or carpool as well as celebrate School Bus Appreciation Week and more. They have now found a great way for families in Decatur to celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week virtually.

Click here to participate in the activities listed in the calendar above.