Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program that empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity. Program goals are to have more students and adults active to help improve fitness levels, to reduce congestion around schools, and to improve air quality around schools. Decatur has had an active SRTS program since 2005. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, the Decatur Active Living Division took on the management and development of Decatur’s program.
GA Walk & Roll to School Day is March 7
This year's Georgia Walk to School Day is March 7 and City of Decatur Schools will be participating!
Last year over 100 schools participated in the event from across the state and the City of Decatur counted over 1500 children participating. Let’s make this year even better with more kids walking - our goal is 2000!
Bike Safety Poster Contest: Happy Cycling is Safe Cycling
Deadline is March 9th, 2018
May is National Bike Month and Decatur Safe Routes to School invites City of Decatur children in grades k - 8 to participate in the 3rd annual Bike to School Month Poster Contest.
Poster artwork is due to the child's school by March 9, 2018 no later than 3 p.m. Each school will select their top three posters and send to Decatur Active Living no later than 5 p.m. on March 16th. A panel of judges will select the system-wide winners and announce in early April. Please do not bring your artwork to the Decatur Recreation Center. All entries must come through the schools.
Judging will be based on creativity, inclusion of bike safety theme, and originality. Age and grade will play a factor in the judging.
For more information and the entry form, click here. A limited number of brochures will be available at each participating school.
Stop, Drop and Walk to F.AVE
We have created four "Drop and Walk" routes to the 4/5 Academy. If you live too far from F.AVE to have your child walk or bike, consider dropping them at one of the suggested locations and walk with friends the rest of the way to school. Click here for the maps and routes.
2017 - 2018 Safe Routes to School Recommended Routes
Each school has designated safe routes to their school. Decatur Active Living partnered with the City's Planning Division to put them all on one map. We think this will be very helpful for both parents and children as they plan their walking and/or biking route to school. Crossing Guard locations are also included.
Click here for a full size version.
GA Safe Routes Bike to School Champion for the Metro Area
Congratulations to Mara Jones, Renfroe Middle School Student
Nichole Hollis and Mara Jones
Mara is 12 years old and in 7th grade at Renfroe. She has been riding her bike to school since she was in kindergarten. She is not stopped by rain or cold or hot weather. Over the years Mara has encouraged other people to ride their bikes. She not only bikes to school but she also bikes to other activities. We are very proud of Mara!
In addition to International Walk and Roll to School Day on October 4, 2017,Georgia Walk and Roll to School Day in March of 2017 and Bike to School Day in May of 2017, each school has designated monthly walk and roll days.
College Heights Early Learning Center
October and March 7
Click here for designated routes
Clairemont Walk & Roll Days
September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6, February 7, March 7, April 11
Click here for Clairemont designated routes and information.
4/5 Academy at 5th Avenue Walk & Roll Days
August 30, September 13, October , November , December , January , February , March , April , May 1
September , October 4, November 3, December 1 , January 5, February 2, March 7, April 13, May 4
Click here for Glennwood designated routes.
September 6, October 4, November 1 , December 6, January 10, February 1, March 1, April 11, May 3
Click here for Oakhurst designated routes.
Oakhurst ES Off-site parking and meet-up points: Commercial lot on the corner of College and Mead (The Imperial),
Thankful Missionary Baptist Church lot at the corner of Mead and College, and
Oakhurst Park parking lot
September 8, October 13, November 3, December 1, January 12, February 2, March 2 & 30, May 4
Click here for Westchester designated routes.
Winnona Park Elementary
August 9, September 13 Walktober 4, 11, 18, 25 , November 8, December 12, January 10, February 14, March 7, April 11, May 9
Click here for Winnona Park designated routes.
Renfroe Middle School
October and March , May
Volunteers and Active Living Staff Assist with Walking Children to School
Safe Routes to School Georgia
City of Decatur
Director, Decatur Active Living
Assistant Director, Decatur Active Living
College Heights Early Learning Center
Clairemont Elementary School
Oakhurst Elementary School
Westchester Elementary School
Winnona Park Elementary School
Sara Ray Weathersby
4-5 Academy at 5th Avenue