Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

The presentation of the results of the Lifelong Community Advisory Board’s Transportation Survey has been postponed. We regret any inconvenience caused by this rescheduling. The board would like to thank everyone who has taken the survey and we look forward to presenting the results. You will be notified about the new date. If you are interested in joining one of the board’s committees (Transportation, Housing, Taxation and Affordability, Communication, and Decatur Neighbors), contact Lee Ann Harvey, Lifelong Community Coordinator, at leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.


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The AIDS Vaccine 200 is a charity bike ride across Georgia produced by Action Cycling Atlanta to benefit Emory Vaccine Center.  The mission of Action Cycling Atlanta is to raise awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS vaccine research that will one day eradicate the disease. To achieve this mission, ACA produces AIDS Vaccine 200. The AV200 is Atlanta’s only double century (200 miles over two days) bike ride designed to challenge individuals and teams, while inspiring our community to work towards a world where HIV/AIDS is part of the human history and not part of its future.

Approximately 150 cyclists will be breezing through Decatur this weekend for the AV200. The event end with a full group ride on Sunday, May 15th from Decatur First Baptist Church to Emory University’s campus.  Drivers may want to avoid Clairemont Avenue from 4-5pm.

There’s still time to register if you are interested in participating. The deadline to register for the AV200 is 6pm, Friday, May 13th at Rider Check-In at Emory University.

Learn more at www.av200.org

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Decatur is one of the few MARTA stations located underground on the east line and it’s pretty great. Instead of running along the train tracks as an elevated line, the MARTA tunnel diverges north just after the East Lake station so that the Decatur station is smack dab in the middle of the Decatur square – underground. This photo is from 1976. Pedestrians had to walk over bridges to get from one side of the square to the other during the lengthy construction process. There’s something kind of terrifying seeing downtown Decatur split down the middle by a giant trench, especially for those of us who have only known it as the Decatur Square – with grass, a fog fountain, and plenty of open space. Most people who come to our festivals on the square have no idea they’re standing just 18 inches above the ceiling of the MARTA station!

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Didn’t believe me in last week’s #TBT post when I said Downtown Decatur was mostly parking lots and car dealerships? Well, here’s proof. Cars, cars, and more cars. If you haven’t already guessed, you’re looking the intersection of West Ponce de Leon Avenue and Commerce Drive pre The Artisan, SunTrust/Chipotle, and CVS.

There’s a misconception that these parking spaces were eliminated when the land was developed. That’s not the case at all. Mixed use developments still contain the same amount of public parking spaces that they replaced, but they’re wrapped by a building and in a parking garage. This makes for a better looking downtown and a much better experience for pedestrians.

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Be sure your voice is heard – the deadline for Decatur community members to participate in a Survey on current and future transportation options is Monday, March 7. Please help the City plan for the future. An important component of a great community is the ability to easily get from one place to another, within and outside its boundaries. The Lifelong Community Advisory Board looks forward to your input to help make Decatur a place for a lifetime – for people of all ages, abilities and income. There has been a great response to this Survey. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to participate.

To complete the Survey, click on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/decaturtransportation. It takes 5 minutes to complete the Survey. Or go to the City of Decatur home page for a link to the Survey. Please forward this information to your friends and neighbors. Hard copies of the survey are available in the Community & Economic Development Department on the 2nd floor of Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. If you have questions, contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

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Community members are invited to participate in a survey on current and future transportation options. An important component of a great community is the ability to easily get from one place to another, within and outside its boundaries.

This survey will gather information from City of Decatur residents regarding the transportation options currently used, and help us plan for future options.

The Lifelong Community Advisory Board looks forward to receiving suggestions on options you would like to have in the future. Help make Decatur a place for a lifetime – for people of all ages and abilities.

To complete the survey online go to surveymonkey.com/r/decaturtransportation. Or contact Lee Ann Harvey, 678-553-6548, leeann.harvey@decaturga.com, if you would like to have a hard copy sent to you.

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Construction on East Maple

Starting this week of January 11, Rampart Construction Company, contractor for the Arlo development, will begin construction of a new sanitary sewer line in East Maple Street.  This work has been required by DeKalb County Watershed Management and is being done to provide additional  sewer capacity for the Arlo residents and businesses.  Work is expected to take six weeks of good weather, starting on the west end of East Maple at North McDonough Street and moving east to Church Street.  During that time Rampart will provide traffic control.  The road will be closed to thru-traffic during construction and will be changed to a two-way street for local residents and businesses.  Parking on East Maple Street will be prohibited during construction.

Rampart has given out flyers and done door-to-door visits to inform property owners of the coming work and the City’s engineering department is in the process of providing alternate parking on North McDonough Street when needed.  The work will be done in phases to limit the disturbance, and access to driveways will be maintained as much as possible. Plates will be used during non-work hours so that the road will be fully open and the sidewalks will remain open at all times.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Project Civil Engineer Jennings Bell at 678-553-6529 or D.E.C. Director John Maximuk at 678-553-6570.

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DSC_0547The Big Walk on South Candler Street
January 13th, 7-9am

Come out and walk or bike on January 13th to show support for proposed pedestrian crosswalks on South Candler Street.  The neighborhood is teaming up with the City of Decatur, City Schools of Decatur, and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to organize a Big Walk from 7-9am on Wednesday January 13th.


Who’s Invited?

We need your help to show that there is demand for more safe crossing options in this area.  Folks of all ages are encouraged to get active on your way to school, work, or even just a morning stroll.  Walkers, cyclists, skaters, and even dogs can join in the fun.


Where Should I Walk?

Participants are asked to cross South Candler Street at East Dougherty Street, Kirk Road, or East Pharr Road.  Feel unsafe?  No worries, Decatur Police and city staff will be on hand to keep things running smoothly. GDOT officials will be on hand to conduct pedestrian counts.

Big Walk Map


Contact Cheryl Burnette, cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com, 678-553-6541

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A message from DeKalb County’s Department of Watershed Management –

A temporary road closure to facilitate Sanitary Sewer System improvements on Superior Avenue is expected to begin on Monday, November 30th and weather permitting, will last approximately three (3) weeks.

Be advised that Superior Avenue between Scott Boulevard and Willow Lane will be closed to thru traffic. Access will also be limited to local traffic from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The County is alerting residents that detours will be in effect, and heavy equipment and construction noise may be noticeable. However, County crews will work diligently to minimize the duration of the construction period and road closure. Patience is appreciated while the improvements are made.

Please call the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) information line at 1-800-986-1108 with any questions or concerns.



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Transportation Alternatives
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 pm
Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore St.

RoadWhere do you want to go? Find out about the many transportation alternatives for getting around when you can’t or don’t want to drive, bike or walk. Some options are ones we take for granted, such as Marta. There are also many more creative options from local nonprofit organizations and universities.

Decatur’s Lifelong Community Advisory Board invites you to discover what is currently available and encourages you to offer suggestions for other options that you would like to see in the future. For more information about Lifelong Decatur and the board, contact leeann.harvey@decaturga.com or 678-553-6548.

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