International Walk & Roll Day is Wednesday: Drive Carefully

Wednesday is International Walk & Roll to School Day so be on the lookout for even more of our city’s schoolchildren walking and biking to school. Slow down and give children (and all pedestrians) the right of way.

In 2017 we had over 2400 children participating in grades pre-k through 8th grade, 60% of the enrollment. This year we expect even more children. If you are a parent, please encourage your child to walk or bike to school.

A special thanks to all of our school champions who encourage children to walk or bike to school. For more information about the program click here.

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Riding Your Bicycle Safely

A good bike safety video to share with your children to keep them safe. Enjoy!

Riding on the Sidewalk

Riding on the sidewalk is not always the safest choice. When you are riding on the sidewalk, you also have to deal with many hazards: pedestrians, street furniture, signs, newspaper boxes, etc… These items don’t just make riding inconvenient; they also can make you invisible to drivers. It is also more difficult for cars to see you.

Please remember to be courteous and avoid bicycling on the sidewalks in the downtown Decatur pedestrian zone. The  sidewalk marking shown below designates those streets:

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Talley Street School Transportation Study

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GA Walk & Roll Day is Tomorrow, March 7

 

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On Wednesday, March 7, children in the City Schools of Decatur will participate in the annual Georgia Walk & Roll to School Day. In 2017, over 1500 children in Decatur participated by walking or rolling to school. Let’s beat that number in 2018!

Did you know?
Decatur has had an active Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program since 2005.

The program won the Golden Shoe Award from PEDS for Pedestrian Friendly School System.

In 2008 the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s program.

Thanks to our wonderful parent “school champions” who keep the children motivated to walk or bike to school. Parents not only encourage children to participate in the program, but offer walking  school buses on special walk days and greet the children at the school with incentive items such as bracelets and stickers.

Be on the lookout for our walkers and rollers and drive safely!

For more information on SRTS in Decatur, click here.

Bike Month Poster Contest: Deadline is March 9

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Safe Winter Walking Tips

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We Love Our Crossing Guards!

It’s Crossing Guard  Appreciation Week and the City of Decatur enjoyed hosting our guards for a special breakfast. Each year the Police Department and Active Living partner to host a breakfast where we give each guard a gift and a certificate.

Our crossing guards get up early to make sure our children get to school safely and then return in the afternoon to get them home, no matter what the weather conditions are. They are an integral part of our Safe Routes to School program and we all appreciate them very much.

They take pride in getting to know the children and their families and miss them when they grow up and no longer go to the city schools. Be sure to thank a crossing guard next time you see them- give them a wave, a card, or a smile.

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It’s Crossing Guard Appreciation Week

November 13 – 17 is Crossing Guard Appreciation Week. Be sure to wave, say thank you or make a card to show your appreciation. Our guards wake up early in the morning and stand outside in all types of weather to help our children get to school early. and are an integral part of the Safe Routes to School program.

Let’s show them some love this week!

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How to Use a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

The City of Decatur is committed to improving the pedestrian, bicycle, and Safe Routes to School networks throughout the city. One of the devices utilized to enhance pedestrian and cyclist travel is the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon. This device is used at high pedestrian volume locations and allows pedestrians to safely cross streets where a standard traffic signal is not needed. Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons control vehicular traffic at midblock locations, and assist pedestrians in crossing the street at a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians will find comfort in crossing the street at a protected crossing, and traffic will only be stopped as needed. The City of Decatur currently has two Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons, with another currently in the design phase:
1. Clairemont Avenue at Maediris Drive and the YMCA
2. S. Candler Street at E. Davis Street
3. Scott Boulevard at Westchester Elementary School (in design)

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