“Walking Past the Dead” Tree Tour is October 31

On Saturday October 31, from 1 – 3 pm, join arborists and learn about trees in the Historic Decatur Cemetery. Visitors will walk a trail showcasing eight or nine trees with an arborist stationed at each tree to share interesting facts and stories.

Free event; donations will be accepted for Women Arborists of the Southeast Scholarship Fund and Friends of the Decatur Cemetery.

Social distancing will be required for non-family groups and each group size is limited to no more than 10 people. Masks will be required by attendees during the presentations!

No reservations are needed. For more information contact Kay.Evanovich@decaturga.com.

Decatur Cemetery is located at 299 Bell Street in Decatur.

Show Us Where YOU Walk

Walk There! Decatur  

Show us where you walk and receive a free light!

#iwalkdecatur  #whereiwalk  @beactivedecatur

The City of Decatur, with its tree lined streets and more than 60 miles of sidewalks in 4.5 square miles, is a prime location for walking. WalkScore.com rates the City of Decatur as the most walkable city in Georgia with the highest walk score!

Take a photo of yourself or friends and family walking in Decatur and show us where YOU walk! Post the photo on social media and tag the photo with #iwalkdecatur #whereiwalk and @beactivedecatur; then show your post to the staff at the Visitors Center and receive a free Walk There Decatur! light so you can be seen when walking at night.

The Visitors Center is located at 113 Clairemont Avenue and is open Tuesday through Saturday. This promotion is from January until March, or until supplies last.

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Move it Monday: Walking is Real Exercise

walking is real exercise
Walking is real exercise; the startling health benefits prove it! Read all about them here and set aside time for a walk this Monday.

Join Tracie for our weekly Walk With a Doc every Wednesday at 9 am. More information about walking in Decatur is at decaturga.com/walking.

Bright at Night Walk Thursday at 7:30 pm – Everyone Welcome!

July Walkers

July Walkers

The community is invited to join our monthly 4th Thursday Bright at Night walk  this Thursday, August 27 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. Parking is available in the Library deck next door (we share the deck) and street parking is free after 6 pm.

For more information on Walking in Decatur, click here.


bright at night lights


Bright at Night Walk Thursday, June 25

Walkers Bright at Night!

Walkers Bright at Night!

Join members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee for the monthly Bright at Night Walk to be held this Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 pm. This month’s walk will take you through Agnes Scott College, the Wylde Center and back through the MAK neighborhood.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be sure to bring a water bottle. We will provide a special light for you to use when you walk at night. If it is raining, the walk will be on the indoor walking track.

If you need to drive over, parking is available behind the Library (we share the deck) and the DeKalb County parking deck is also free after 6 pm. It is located a short walk away at the corner of Commerce and Trinity Place.  There is plenty of bike parking in front of the Recreation Center. 


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.

Walking With City Employees


City of Decatur employees invite the community to walk with us! We have scheduled our winter walks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings beginning at 5:15pm. Meet in the City Hall parking lot.

If you are interested in joining the group, contact Shirley Baylis: shirley.baylis@decaturga.com or 678-553-6500.

We look forward to walking with you!

April is Pedestrian Safety Month

Did you know…

that crosswalks exist at any public street intersection, whether marked with paint or unmarked.

Remember at any crosswalks – whether marked with paint or unmarked – drivers must:

  • Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which you are traveling (or into which you are turning) and the next lane.
  • Stop and remain stopped for students as you are directed by a crossing guard.
  • Stop and remain stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.

Let’s Keep Pedestrians Safe

Keeping pedestrians safe is a responsibility of both walkers and car drivers. The following safety tips come from walkinginfo.org. Let’s keep our community safe for everyone!

  • You can encounter pedestrians anytime and anywhere — even in places where they are not supposed to be found.
  • Pedestrians can be very hard to see — especially in bad weather or at night. You must keep a lookout and slow down if you can’t see clearly.
  • In Georgia, every intersection is a legal crosswalk, whether marked or not. Many drivers do not realize this. When you stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, stop two cars back so that drivers in the other lanes can also see the pedestrian in time to stop.
  • Cars stopped in the street may be stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross. Do not pass a car stopped in one lane until you are sure it is not waiting for a pedestrian to cross.
  • When you are turning, you may have to wait for a “gap” in traffic. Be aware that while you are watching for that “gap,” pedestrians may have moved into your intended path. Double-check before you turn.
  • Be especially attentive around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active. Drive like you would want people to drive in front of your own home.

Enjoy walking in Decatur!