The City of Decatur, with its tree lined streets and more than 60 miles of sidewalks in 4.2 square miles, is a prime location for walking. Historic homes, a range of fine dining and shopping, and a conveniently small size help to create an inherently pedestrian-friendly city. Residential neighborhoods are low traffic with neighborhood schools and numerous parks. The downtown core has greenspace and expansive sidewalks with a growing amount of retail built for strolling and window-shopping.
In 2011, the non-profit WalkScore.com named the City of Decatur the most walkable city in Georgia. The three-year-old organization has rated more than 3,000 cities and neighborhoods nationwide, including 65 cities, based on the distance of amenities block-for-block. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to find the walkscore for your address.
The City of Decatur first received the designation for Walk Friendly Community in 2011, and was re-designated a Silver Level Walk Friendly Community in 2015 by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.
The City of Decatur Active Living Department offers a variety of free programs to encourage walking in the City.
50+ Walks - Spring/Summer start time is 9 a.m.Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
Meet at Decatur Recreation Center
Join Decatur Active Living every Wednesday for a 2-3 mile walk through historic Decatur neighborhoods. 50+ Walks is a walking program developed by PEDS and is currently in 6 neighborhoods. 50+ Walks group leaders find safe, pleasant streets where we can all walk and enjoy our neighborhoods. We scout out neighborhoods and streets that are safe for everyone.
We mix up the locations and routes to keep it interesting. Have you ever been to that park across town? Come with us… We will give you a reason to visit.
For more information on PEDS and 50+ Walks, click here.
Walk Fit Decatur!Second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.
This free walking group meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Meet at Decatur Recreation Center and walk approximately three miles. A professional will join us each month to speak on different topics and interact with each walker. All walks are co-led by Active Living staff.
Pick up a Walking Map!
We have a newly designed walking map with six routes around Decatur. Maps are available at the Decatur and Ebster Recreation Centers and the Decatur Visitor's Center. You can also download one here. Enjoy your walk in Decatur!
You may nave noticed signage around the City showing how long it will take you to walk from one point to another location. These signs are part of the Walk There! Decatur campaign that wants to let community members know that "It's closer than you think!".
The signs are located in the central business district, Oakhurst business district, East Decatur Station and on Clairemont near the new Marriott Courtyard hotel.
Each sign is site specific and shows how long it takes the average person to walk to selected localities. Each location is assigned a QR code so that pedestrians with smart phones can map their way. In case you don't have a smart phone, you can check the map on the back side of each sign.
Decatur is such a walkable city that we encourage both citizens and visitors to park once and Walk There! Decatur: It's closer than you think!
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
Be 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 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.
- If you must wear headphones, leave one ear open so you can be aware of your surroundings.
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 before crossing a street.
- Watch for turning vehicles. 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.