“Bright at Night” Walk on Thursday at 7:30 pm

Walkers Bright at Night!

Walkers Bright at Night!

The community is invited to join our monthly 4th Thursday Bright at Night walk  this Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 pm. This month’s walk will venture to the northwest corner of the city to explore the neighborhood. All walks begin and end at the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street. Members of the Active Living Board Pedestrian committee will be leading the walk. Walks are family friendly and you will also receive a light to wear on your future walks. For more information on walking in Decatur, click here.

Walk There! Decatur

 

Bright at Night Walk Thursday, April 23

Walkers getting ready to light up the night! Get a free light to wear while you walk.

Walkers getting ready to light up the night! Get a free light to wear while you walk.

Join us for another Bright at Night walk!
Thursday, April 23, 7:30 pm
Meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street

Evening fitness walks take place on the fourth Thursday of every month and follow a “no drop” policy, so no walkers will be left behind. This provides an opportunity for participants of all abilities to walk for exercise in a group setting. Walks begin and end at the Decatur Recreation Center and include tips on pedestrian safety. Be sure to wear your brightest clothes, reflectors and lights.  This week we will be lighting up the Decatur Cemetery and Glennwood Estates neighborhood with our bright presence and walkers will receive a special Bright at Night light to wear!

For more information on this and other walks in the new “Walk Decatur – Explore, Connect and Get Fit” series, visit decaturga.com/walking.  Visit facebook.com/decaturactiveliving for updates.

Bright at Night Fitness Walk Thursday at 7:30 pm

Join us for our first Bright at Night fitness walk this Thursday, March 26th at 7:30pm.

 

As part of the new “Walk Decatur – Explore, Connect and Get Fit” campaign, the Active Living Board’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) has scheduled a series of walks around Decatur. The Bright at Night evening fitness walks will take place on the fourth Thursday of every month, starting this week. The walks will follow a “no drop” policy, meaning that no walkers will be left behind. This will provide an opportunity for participants of all abilities to walk for exercise in a group setting. Walks will begin and end at the Decatur Recreation Center and will include tips on pedestrian safety.  Be sure to wear your brightest clothes, reflectors and lights.

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This week’s walkers will receive a special Bright at Night light to wear!

For more information on this and other walks in the series visit decaturga.com/walking.  Visit facebook.com/decaturactiveliving for updates.

Light Up the Night on Thursday

Get your “Bright at Night” light this Thursday at Terrific Thursday!

The theme for this week’s Terrific Thursdays is LIght up the Night and members of the Active Living Board Pedestrian Committee will be distributing lights to wear while out walking. When pedestrians wear dark colors while walking at night, it makes it difficult for car drivers to see them, especially while crossing the street. Decatur Active Living is working to bring awareness to pedestrians to be seen at night with the “Bright at Night” Campaign.

Stop by the Active Living table set up near Starbucks to pick up your complimentary light and be seen!

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For more information on pedestrian safety click here.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

walking.joanne.compBe Safe and Be Seen: Make yourself visible to drivers

  • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Cross the street in a well-lit area at night.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.
  • Click here for Bright at Night!

Be Smart and Alert: Avoid dangerous behaviors

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
  • Don’t assume vehicles will stop. Make contact with drivers, don’t just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look before you cross the road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or back up lights on cars when in parking lots and near other on-street parking spaces.

Be Careful at Crossings: Look before you step

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalk or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again fefore crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehilces. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.

 

 

 

Safety Tips for Pedestrians, from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center