Child Safety Seminar – August 21

Child Safety Tips Seminar For Parents

Protecting Yourself from Financial Fraud for Seniors – Tomorrow, Aug. 8th at 10:30am


Decatur Active Living will be hosting the Decatur Police Department for a presentation on how seniors can protect themselves from becoming the victims of financial fraud. 

This presentation will provide information on common methods and scams suspects use to obtain personal information and take advantage of you and include an overview of current fraud trends reported in Decatur. 

Please join us and learn how to help prevent becoming a fraud victim!

When: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 from 10:30am – 12pm.

Where: Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street)

Fraud Presentation August 8th




Spend Monday Smiling!


“It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown!” This is a common expression used to encourage people to look at the bright side and focus on the positive. But what if the physical act of smiling actually had a positive effect on your brain? Research says that it just might! Start this Monday with a smile to give your brain a pick-me-up!

Read more here.

Update: Crosswalk at S. Candler and E. Davis

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The crosswalk at South Candler St and East Davis St is an active construction zone until installation of the HAWK signal is complete. Beginning Thursday, August 3rd, the crosswalk will be staffed with a crossing guard during the morning and afternoon school zone hours. Please proceed with caution when crossing at this location.

From time to time during construction of the HAWK, the crosswalk may be closed without notice. Please make sure you have an alternate route. The City is striving to make your travel to school safe and pleasant. Please bear with us.

Please Avoid Crossing at E. Davis – Construction is Underway for HAWK Signal

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Construction on a new HAWK signal at the East Davis and South Candler crosswalk is currently underway. Until the project is completed this fall, pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to avoid the active construction zone and either cross South Candler at Kirk Road or Dougherty Street. Once completed, the crosswalk will be staffed with a crossing guard during regular school zone hours.

August Newsletter for Active Adults!

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Bicycle Safety Tips


Back to School Safety Tips

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The first day of school is fast approaching so it is a good time to review safety rules with your family. The City of Decatur encourages children to walk and bike to school through the Safe Routes to School Program, and we want them to arrive at school safely.

Walk Safely!

  • Children should always walk on the sidewalk or path and cross only at crosswalks or at traffic signals. Obey the crossing guards!
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  • It’s a good idea to make eye contact with the driver of a vehicle before crossing.
  • Be careful at driveways where cars may back out and not expect a pedestrian.
  • Put down the cell phone and electronic devices and pay attention!

Bike Safely!

  • Before your child rides his/her bike, be sure to give it a safety check. Is there enough air in the tires? Do both brakes work? Check the saddle, handlebars, pedals, and chain. If you need some repairs and are not able to do them yourself, bring the bike to a bike shop. It is worth the money to keep your children safe.
  • WEAR A HELMET! Head injury is the leading cause of death in cycling accidents. Helmets should fit snuggly and cover the forehead – not more than two fingers width above the eyebrows. Parents – be a good role model and wear your helmet as well.
  • Learn hand signals. Cars cannot guess when a cyclist will be turning or stopping. Review hand signals with your child and teach them what road signs mean
  • Teach your child about road safety when riding a bike. Cyclists should ride with the flow of traffic and not against it. Ride with someone else if possible, and always ride single file. . Bicycles are considered vehicles and must obey the same rules of the road as cars.
  • Light up! All cyclists should have bike lights – a white one of the front and red on the back. Put the back light on flash when riding at any time of day. This will make riders more visible to cars.
  • If riding the sidewalk, make sure your child always yields to pedestrians. Children should be aware that sidewalk riding is actually more dangerous in many situations. Cars are not expecting a bike and riders should be especially cautious when approaching driveways and crosswalks. Bikes should be walked across, not ridden, in crosswalks.

School Bus Safety!

  • Children should stand at least three giant steps back from the bus stop while waiting on the bus.
  • Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before getting off and never walk behind the bus.
  • If the child needs to cross in front of the bus when exiting, remind them to take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver, and cross when the driver indicates it is safe. Children should look left, right and left again before crossing.
  • For a list of the City Schools of Decatur school bus safety rules, visit

Drive Safely!

  • Drivers should be on high alert in residential areas and school zones and watch for children on both the road and sidewalk.
  • Give pedestrians the right of way and look both ways before turning.
  • Put down your cell phone! It is illegal to text when driving.
  • Follow the speed limit and slow down in a school zone.
  • Stop for school buses with flashing lights! Flashing yellow or red lights indicates the bus is about to stop (yellow), has already stopped (red), or children are getting on or off.

For more information on the Safe Routes to School Program visit Contact for more information on pedestrian and bicycle safety.




Join us on Friday, July 28th for our Lunch and Learn at 11:30am!

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Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers

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Driving Safety Tips from the National Safety Council:

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:

Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic

In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection

Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign

Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas

Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians

Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children

If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop

The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus

Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists

On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.

When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist

When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass

If you’re turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals

Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this

Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods

Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars

Check side mirrors before opening your door
By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.