The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center designated the City of Decatur a Silver Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center designated the City of Decatur a Silver Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx.
The City of Decatur, population 18,147 in 4.18 square miles, is a city where citizens and all city departments work together on walkability and pedestrian issues. Decatur actively promotes walking through a number of outreach efforts and community events. Decatur has formed Team Decatur to participate in the annual Kaiser Permanente Run/Walk Corporate challenge resulting in the “Most Fit City” award and active walking programs for the citizens. In May, the city kicked off a new “Walk for Lunch” program on which provides participants with walking maps and lunch on event days. Other walking events include Terrific Thursdays in November in December, Car Free Day, Art Walks and free Concerts on the Square in May and September. Decatur also has a model crossing guard program with twenty one guards assigned to six schools.
“The City of Decatur is honored to receive this designation,” said Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd. “We are proud of our city’s walkability as have been working on both pedestrian and bicycle programming and infrastructure improvements for many years.”
The City of Decatur is among twelve communities recognized in the inaugural round of Walk Friendly Communities. 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.
For more information on Walk Friendly Communities visit http://www.walkfriendly.org/.