City of Decatur Re-designated as Silver Walk Friendly Community!

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The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has re-designated the City of Decatur a Silver Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.

The City of Decatur, with a population around 20,000, has a strong commitment to improving pedestrian issues and walkability. All City departments work together to achieve this goal. Decatur Active Living offers a variety of programs to get the community out walking including Team Decatur, Walk With a Doc, Bright at Night Walks and Sunday Strolls. The City also has a very strong Safe Routes to School Program that is a model for the state.

The committee was also impressed with the new Unified Development Ordinance and the Downtown Decatur Streetscape Design Guidelines which help ensure that the city will continue on with its dense development pattern and active uses that attract pedestrian travel. To read more about the City of Decatur’s designation, click here.

The City of Decatur is among three communities recognized in the latest round of Walk Friendly Communities announced. The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. To date, 57 communities in the U.S. have been designated as Walk Friendly Communities.

For more information on Walk Friendly Communities, please visit http://www.walkfriendly.org.

 

Healthy Decatur: A Holistic Approach to Sustainability

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I recently re read the case study that drives our quest to be and remain an active living community. I wondered what else i might add to continue the progress and success for the community. Take a look at it here if you’ve never read it. Hindsight is always 20/20 and it shows you what the city was thinking in heading to where we are now.

Namely I heard last week at a seminar hosted by the ARC on Living Beyond Expectations, that active adults over 65+ were the fastest growing segment of new cyclists or returning cyclists, more like it, in the nation. So I figured i better get some bicycling programming going for adults and make sure it aligned with this mission. And it does!

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Today I took a regular groups of active adults on a weekly walk, met a group of kids cycling from camp, and strolled through our community garden. We are definitely still at it Decatur, from 8 to 80, as they say and looking to constantly improve.

So if you have ideas of what activity you’d like to do, as an active adult, with daytime hours free, Tracie is the girl for you. She leads the adults programming efforts and is happy to create an activity for you and find the best instructor for it. So holla! You can reach her at tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com.

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And here we are, keeping at it y’all!

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Walk Friendly Communities: Read All About Them

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As you know, the City of Decatur was designated a Walk Friendly Community by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Information Center. If you would like to read about Decatur and other cities to see what makes a location Walk Friendly, check out Giving Cities Legs, the Walk Friendly Communities Program Guide. The City of Decatur is on page 13.

Walk There Decatur!!

The Evolution of Walking

Walking is a great form of exercise and relatively free once you buy some good, supportive shoes.

From Everybody Walk:

School is back in session, so there’s no better time than now for a quick lesson about walking. See how the human body is designed to move–and how modern-day conveniences are slowing us down. Plus, how important is your big toe?

Did you know that the  City of Decatur has been designated as a Walk Friendly Community?