Bike Safety Poster Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Bike Safety Poster Contest sponsored by Decatur Active Living and Bicycle South. Winners’ posters will be displayed around town during May, which is National Bike Month. Be on the lookout and  follow the safety tips!

For more information on Bike Month and biking in Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

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How to Bike in the City

Enjoy this video with tips on how to bike in the city……be sure to wear a helmet!

Bike Safety Poster Contest Returns

May is National Bike Month and Decatur Safe Routes to School invites children in participating schools to enter Decatur’s second annual Bike to School Month poster contest.

We invite children in grades k – 8 to design a poster illustrating bike safety. For example, the poster could show a child using hand signals, or it could stress the importance of wearing a helmet. Creativity is encouraged!

A panel of judges will select four winners who will receive a gift certificate from Bicycle South, the contest sponsor. Judging will be based on creativity, inclusion of bike safety theme, and originality. Age and grade will play a factor in the judging. The winning posters will be made into posters to be displayed throughout the City during May. Winners will also be recognized at the City Commission meeting in May and poster art will be featured in the May Decatur FOCUS magazine.

Deadline is March 10. Entries are to be turned in at the student’s school by 3 pm.

For more information on how to enter and the registration form please visit decaturga.com/srts or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com. Entry forms will also be available at each participating school.

Here are last year’s winning posters…..

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Bike Safety Poster Winners!

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Contest winners: Ethan Donald, Isaiah Guerrieri, Caroline Tusher and Cara Holecek

 

The winners of the very first Safe Routes to School Bike Safety Poster Contest presented their posters to the City Commission last evening. They were recognized by the Commissioners and awarded gift certificates by Brian Dunne, owner of Bicycle South who was the sponsor of the contest.

Be on the lookout for their bike safety reminders which will be posted around the City for National Bike Month. The posters are featured in the May Decatur FOCUS.

Thank You to the Fraternal Order of Police for New Bikes!

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A BIG THANK YOU goes to the Fraternal Order of Police, DeKalb Lodge #10 for donating seven new bikes to Decatur Active Living. The bikes donated will be used to teach bike safety training to Decatur children. Each year all fourth graders in City Schools of Decatur are taught bicycle safety as part of the Active Living Safe Routes to School Program.

Pictured above are Leigh Vaughn and Jeff Wiggs of the Fraternal Order of Police along with Active Living’s Lee Williams.

“Rules of the Road” for Smart Cycling

Ashley_Poster-570Here are five Rules of the Road from the League of American Bicyclists to prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding. // // // //

SLOW DOWN: Wednesday is International Walk & Roll to School Day!

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SLOW DOWN and watch for even more children than usual walking and biking to school on Wednesday!

Children in the City of Decatur will join millions of children worldwide by participating in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Our schools will join other Georgia schools across the state that are participating in the event.  International Walk to School Day is held each fall to remind students, parents, and communities about the many benefits of walking and biking to school.  “No matter the reason: to improve students’ physical health, to teach pedestrian safety skills, to impact air quality, to build a stronger community, or to simply have fun, any school in Georgia can find a way to participate in this event ,” said Patti Sistrunk, Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center Manager.  “It’s a great way to get the new school year started on the right ‘foot’!”

The City of Decatur has had an active, award winning SRTS program since 2005. The program won the 2008 Golden Shoe Award from PEDS for Pedestrian Friendly School System and the 2011 GRPA Publication Award. The Decatur SRTS program is managed by the Active Living Division with the help of the FABULOUS Parent Champions at each school. For more information on the City of Decatur program, visit decaturga.com/srts.

October Bike Rides in Decatur

Ongoing

Join Sam’s Freight Room Ride every Saturday at 2 pm. Meet at 415 E Howard Avenue, across from the Old Depot. All levels are welcome for this no-drop ride.

Join Decatur Bikes for a fun Saturday morning ride out to Stone Mountain. Meet in the CVS parking lot across from the store on West Ponce de Leon and be ready to ride at 8 am. The ride welcomes all levels and is a no-drop ride. Helmets are required. For more information visit  www.decaturbikes.com.

Mondays at 6:30 pm: Shaking the Blues Cruise. Begins at Bicycle South and is a 20 mile no drop ride through Druid Hills, Cabbagetown, Decatur, Oakhurst and others. Information 404-636-4444.

Tuesdays at 6:30 pm join the Meltons’s App & Tap ride– a moderate 12 mile ride through Avondale Estates and back. Information 707-309-1992

Thursdays at 6:30 pm Decatur Wonderful Evening Ride winds through Decatur and Atlanta. Starts behind the CVS at W Ponce and W Commerce Drive. Info 678-637-7823.

Upcoming Events

Decatur Bike Derby
October 4, 11 AM – 3 PM
Cycle on over to the 4/5 Academy in Oakhurst for the third annual Bike Derby. The Decatur Bike Derby was formed to celebrate and encourage cycling fitness and healthy living in our community. You can practice bicycle skills, learn about bike safety and more. For more information and to register visit www.decaturbikederby.com.

Beginners Group Riding Skills
Saturday, October 11, 9 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $35
It’s time to get on your ride and get your ride on! Join League cycling instructor Mike Sheehan for this informative and fun class. If you have been wanting to ride in groups but are uncomfortable, this is the class for you. For more information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/GRS_bikewithmike.

October 17: Join Decatur Active Living for our Third Friday Fun Bike Ride. A social five mile ride around Decatur. After the ride we will visit a local watering hole for refreshments. All levels are welcome. Helmets are required. Rides starts at the Decatur Marta Station on Church Street in the plaza at 630pm. Follow us on the SBL Meet-up page.

Feel free to add more rides that you know about in the comments. We also list rides and other activities at http://www.decaturga.com/biking.

 

October 19: Ridewell, the Holy Trinity Bicycle Festival. Registration will begin at 1PM. There will be rides and a bicycle rodeo in the afternoon. At 5:00 PM there will be a bicycle blessing, followed by a chili supper. All are welcome. Details at http://ridewell.tumblr.com/

Third Friday Bike Riders in September

Third Friday Bike Riders in September

Group Riding Skills Clinic at Decatur Recreation

Register today for the Group Riding Skills Clinic at the Decatur Recreation Center.

When:  Saturday, October 11, 9 am – 1 pm

What:    Learn bike safety, rules of the road and group riding skills from Mike Sheehan, a League Certified Instructor.

Why:     You will feel safer while riding in a group and might even make some new bike friends!

Cost:      $34.99

For more information and to register, click here.

Bike Registration and Safety Event September 20 in Decatur Heights

Join the Decatur Police Department and Decatur Active Living

for a Bicycle Registration and Safety Event.

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Register your bike, receive a helmet safety check, and ride the “safety course” to learn bike safety, hand signals, rules of the road and have your bike checked by the folks from Bicycle South.

 If it rains, we will move from the parking lot to inside of the gym.

This event is offered FREE to the community!

 

When:      Saturday, September 20th, 10 am – Noon

Where:    The Church at Decatur Heights (735 Sycamore Drive)

*Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Information jennifer.ross@decaturga.com or cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com

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