Cycle Smart to Stay Safe

Basic Cycling Guidelines to Ensure You Stay Safe

Zipping through city streets or country roads on your bike can be an exhilarating workout, but any cyclist, no matter their skill level and comfort, should adhere to some basic biking safety protocols.

The most important safety requirement is wearing a helmet that fits your head properly. Helmet sizes differ based on manufacturer, so the only real way to know how it fits is to put it on and adjust the straps. You also want to make sure the bike you’re riding is the right size with functioning. Before your ride, make sure your shoe laces are tucked securely into your pant legs so that they don’t get tangled in the bike chain. It also helps to plan your route ahead of time. If driving on the road, choose areas with less traffic and slower speed limits; for leisurely rides, try to stick to a bike path.

You also want to do your best to avoid crashes; because, regardless of who is responsible, if a cyclist falls or collides with another vehicle, they are often the one who suffers with the physical consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, most bicyclist deaths occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm in urban areas, so try to avoid riding during these times of day when visibility is limited. If you do decide to ride during dusk or the evening, use reflective gear and clothing as well as a flashing front and rear light.   

 Bicycles on the roadway have the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Riding defensively is the best way to avoid an accident. Drive with the flow of traffic, obey street signs, signals, and road markings, and always assume that the other person or vehicle doesn’t see you. When biking, riders should be as predictable as possible, using hand signals and following the other rules of the road.

These basic guidelines will help ensure your ride is a safe success. 

Today is National Sudoku Day

From NationalToday.com:

International Sudoku Day takes place, of course, on September 9 (9/9). Sudoku enthusiasts will no doubt notice the date’s symbolism. The goal of the Sudoku game is to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, row, and 3×3 sub-grid contains all the digits from 1 to 9. So nine-nine is the natural choice for the day of celebration. It’s time to get your brain into gear because although today is most definitely a cause for celebration, some hardcore logical thinking will be required.

Read more here.

Try your hand at some free online puzzles here.

Wellness Wednesday on the Square Cancelled Tomorrow, September 9

Due to Monday being a school holiday, students will be doing online learning tomorrow. We will see you next week at 10 am or 2 pm for elementary school physical activity fun.

To reserve your space, email Stacy.Green@decaturga.com.

Groups are limited to 10 children. Masks are required. Bring your water bottle.

Stay Focused and Motivated

From our friends at MondayCampaigns.org:

Positive affirmations are words of inspiration that you can use to silence those negative thoughts. A positive affirmation is like a mini mantra that you can repeat to yourself throughout the day to stay focused, driven, and motivated. Flooding your mind with positivity generates the energy necessary to push yourself to the next level, whether that means starting a new healthy habit, reducing stress levels, or making a career change.

Try our Monday Mantras.

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Today is World Coconut Day

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From NationalToday.com:

You can’t make a piña colada or a decent Thai curry without it, its water makes a great recovery drink, and its fibrous husk, when burned, repels mosquitos — these are just three of many excellent reasons to celebrate World Coconut Day on September 2.

One of nature’s most versatile products, the coconut plant (and its various parts) can be used for food and drink, cosmetic preparations, and decorating. Some coconut proponents (cocoproponents?) even claim that the fruit’s oil can reverse dental decay — if you swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes a day! Most of us aren’t comfortable with a mouthful of oil, no matter whence that oil comes or what it’s purported to do. But we can still get caught up in the coconut craze.

Whether you’re stuck on a deserted island or comfortable in your own home, here are some (relatively normal) ideas for using this tropical wonderfruit.

Try making one of these desserts that feature coconut.

Get on Your Bike in September!

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Century Challenge
Decatur Active Living challenges you to ride 100 miles in September! Ride as few or as many times as you like; just accumulate 100 miles between September 1 and 30, take a screen shot of your activity tracker showing your mileage, and send to cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com. Riders will receive a cooling bandanna with the I Bike Decatur logo. See if you can make a route using the city’s new cycle track. All ages are welcome to participate!

Cycle September
Sign up for the National Bike Challenge “Cycle September” at https://www.lovetoride.net/usa. This is also a good way to track your miles for the month.

Bike and Be Well – September 16
Safe Routes to School invites all children to bike (or walk) to their school on Wednesday, September 16 to celebrate Bike and Be Well Day! Students in grades K – 5 are invited to bike (or walk) by their school and pick up an incentive item and a Bicycle Guide for Kids. Each school will set their own time frame to coordinate with the Wellness Wednesday activities for students at their school. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Let’s see which school will have the highest participation!

Bike to Work
Bike to Work Week will take place September 21-27, 2020. Bike to Work Day is Tuesday, September 22!

For ideas on routes around the city visit decaturga.com/biking.

August 31 is World Distance Learning Day

distance-learning-adhd-advice-for-teachers-GettyImages-1215004535We thought this would be timely as so many are learning and working from home.

From NationalToday.com:

World Distance Learning Day on August 31 is a day to embrace the learning that takes place outside of the physical classroom. Whether it is a remote learning program that is delivered entirely at a distance, or a hybrid blend of in-classroom and at-home learning, the added flexibility and often more cost-effective option of distance learning is benefiting more students around the world than ever before. In recent times, the internet and the resulting surge of high-quality online curriculum and courses have completely transformed traditional education methods and given birth to the popular distance learning movement. With that in mind, today is a day to be thankful for the distance learning opportunities we have and the countless resources that are available to use.

Read more about the history of distance learning and how it began with the mail as well as links to distance learning tools.

Let’s Get Physical on the Square

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Decatur Active Living is offering free community classes on the Old Courthouse Square during September.

Sessions are free to the community, however they are limited to 10 participants. Please pre-register at the links below. Bring your water bottle.

All activities will be physically distanced and masks are required.

Tai Chi/Qigong – Tuesdays, 9 am
Join us on the Decatur Square for a refreshing start to the day for Tai Chi-Qigong moving meditation with Neil and Steve (Tai Chi-Qigong 4 LIFE).  These ancient internal arts are full body, brain and energy cleansing and enhancing methods.  We hope you will try the process and see how it goes for you!    For information contact:  Stephen Dorage, 404-617-0071 or Neil Norton, 404-271-6526.
Click here to sign up for Tai Chi:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E48A8AB29A2FF2-taichi

Yoga – Fridays, 9am
Join Cheryl on the Square for an all-levels yoga practice to kick off your weekend. We will work with our breath as we practice both standing and seated poses. You will leave feeling energized and ready for the day. Bring your mat and any props that you may want. Books make good blocks and beach towels make good yoga blankets.
Click here to sign up for Yoga:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E48A8AB29A2FF2-yoga

Wellness Wednesday – Wednesday, 10 – 10:45 am and 2 – 2:45 pm
Join the Active Living Athletic staff for some fun physical activities for elementary age children.  Sessions may include exercises, sports conditioning, fun games, and more. Masks are required. Bring a water bottle.
Class size is limited to 10. To sign up for a class email Stacy.Green@decaturga.com.

The Muslim Holiday Ashura is Today

day-of-ashuraFrom NationalToday.com:

Ashura is a holy day for Muslims all over the world, celebrated on the 10th day of Muharram, according to the Islamic calendar. This year, Ashura falls on August 28. The Shi’a Muslims see it as the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram and the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali (the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad) at the battle of Karbala.

For the Sunnis,  Ashura is the day Moses fasted to show his gratitude for the freedom of the Israelites. Today is also a holy day of mourning observed primarily by Shi’a Muslims. Other Muslim sects spend the day fasting and meditating.

Read more here.