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

Time to Enter the Bike To School Poster Contest

We are encouraging children in grades K – 8 to enter the 4th annual Bike To School Poster Contest. Entries are due at your school no later than 5 pm on March 8. Schools will select their top three entries and submit them to Decatur Active Living to be judged by a special panel of judges. The top 4 posters will receive a gift certificate from Bicycle South and will be invited to a May City Commission meeting to be recognized.

Entry forms are available at the schools, Ebster and Decatur Recreation Centers and online at decaturga.com/srts.

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Crossing Guard of the Year!

Congratulations to Charlene Germany, Metro Atlanta Crossing Guard of the Year!

Ms. Germany is the crossing guard for Winnona Park Elementary School and had 10 nominations from the community. She is passionate, friendly, caring and vigilant about making sure the children (and adults) cross safely on the way to and from school. All the children know her name and she loves seeing them every day. We are so proud of her!!

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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!