Bike Month Poster Contest Returns

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February is Love My Bus Month!

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February is Love My Bus Month and all month long the goal is to get students to love riding the bus to and from school. Encourage your child to ride the bus once a week or every day to decrease carpool line traffic around schools and around the City.

The school bus is important not only because it’ safe, cuts down on traffic congestion, and reduces air pollution, but riding the bus is also a time for students to bond with their peers and increases the likelihood that students will arrive at school on time and ready to learn!

School Bus Safety Tips

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Benefits of a Safe Routes to School Program

Did you know that the City of Decatur has had a Safe Routes to School program since 2005? Initially the program was coordinated by volunteer parent committees at each school. However, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s programs. Each month the parent “Champions” from each school meet with Decatur Active Living staff to share ideas, solve issues, and plan events and programs. We also work with staff from GA Safe Routes to School Resource Center and GA Commute Schools.

On International Walk and Roll to School Day in October 2019, 2556 children (or 64%) walked or biked to school! Our program keeps growing and includes all city of Decatur schools. Students at the high school work with GA Commute Schools to plan their own special walk to school and bike to school days, and even did a carpool day during the 2018-2019 school year.

Walking or biking to school has many benefits, as seen on the info-graphic below.

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We Love our Crossing Guards!

This is Crossing Guard Appreciation Week and the City of Decatur showed our 38 crossing guards some love!

The City held a breakfast for them this morning where they were recognized with certificates and a gift. Several schools also honored their crossing guards this morning with flowers and cards.

Next time you have a crossing guard to help you cross the street be sure to tell them how much you appreciate them! They are out early in the morning in all kinds of weather, then return mid afternoon and keep a smile on their face as they help children travel to and from school safely.

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For more photos of all of our crossing guards, visit facebook.com/decaturaactiveliving.

October 21 – 25 is School Bus Safety Week!

National School Bus Safety Week is October 21 – 25 and the theme is “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

For some tips on keeping your child safe on the bus, click here.

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How to Use a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Safely

The City of Decatur three pedestrian hybrid beacons installed at busy crosswalks:

South Candler Street near Davis Street
Clairemont near the YMCA
Scott Boulevard at Westchester Elementary

The City is committed to improving the pedestrian, bicycle and Safe Routes to School networks throughout the City.

Bike Safety Poster Winners!

Each year the Safe Routes to School program has a bike safety poster contest for National Bike Month. Four winners are chosen from many entries and the students attend a City Commission meeting to present their present posters to the Commissioners.

Special thanks to Brian Dunne, owner of Bicycle South, who provided gift certificates to the winners.

Congratulations to our winners!
1st Place:   Sara Deshpande from Renfroe Middle School
2nd Place: Maggie McClung from F.Ave
3rd Place:  Ying Chan Abel from Clairemont Elementary
4th Place:  Haley Rogan from Glennwood Elementary

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And here are the winning posters!

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For more information about Decatur’s Safe Routes to School Program, visit http://www.decaturga.com/srts.

 

 

Safe Routes Champions of the Year!

 Due to their outstanding energy, creativity, love, and dedication, SRTS Parent Champions Steve Campbell, Kendall  Hamilton and Michelle Stevens at Westchester Elementary, aka the Bike Dudes, are Metro Atlanta Champions of the Year!

The three school Parent Champions at Westchester Elementary (aka the Bike Dudes) are full of energy and exude that energy to increase walking participation at the school. Westchester is located along a state route that sees a lot of traffic, along which many cars are speeding. Parents in the past have been afraid to allow their children to walk or bike to school. In the past few years that they have been the school champions they have come up with a route that takes students away from the state route and goes along a path behind the school. On walk days, each child is greeted by the “team” who are dressed for the occasion. Michelle has a stuffed animal, a wolf which is the school’s mascot, attached to her helmet. The others are also decked out. Each child who walks to school receives a marble that is then put into a clear cylinder. If the number of marbles reaches a certain line, the school receives 15 minutes of extra recess on Friday.

On Ga Walk & Roll Day and International Walk to School Day the school consistently has at least 60% participation.

They dress up and do skits at the community circles held on Friday mornings to encourage the students to participate. They are there to greet the students at the door not only on the “special” days, but at each month’s walk and roll day. For the Christmas holiday walk and roll, they had Santa and Mrs. Claus visit and be part of the skit at the community circle. The children were thrilled!”

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South Columbia Multi-use Path Public Input

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The City of Decatur is exploring ways to expand the pedestrian and bicycle network from Talley Street Upper Elementary to Legacy Park along South Columbia Drive. If you didn’t make it to the public input meeting, you can review and share your thoughts on the proposed concepts on Open City Hall. The cut-off date is April 29. Click here to give your input.

South Columbia Drive Multi-Use Path Community Input Meeting

DocumentThe City of Decatur is exploring ways to expand the pedestrian and bicycle network to Talley Street Upper Elementary School and Legacy Park. Drop in on Monday, April 22nd to learn more and share your feedback on a preliminary design for the connection.

When:  04/22/2019 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where:  Public Works Community Room, 2635 Talley Street, Decatur