Decatur Dispatch - June 2018

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 6 • JUNE 2018 Decatur Dispatch Covering Decatur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill and Toco Hill PRICELESS ISSUE! Decatur Adds 16 Streets to Speed Zone List In response to increas- ing density of auto, pedes- trian and cycling traffic Decatur is increasing the number of streets, or parts of them, as Residential Dis- trict Speed Zones (RDSC). That means drivers can be ticketed for exceeding the speed limit by 1 mile per hour. We’re familiar that law enforcement typically doesn’t write tickets unless drivers are going 11 mph over speed limits. School zones are an exception. So are Residential District Speed Zones and with the designated number of them increasing, it’s prudent to take note. The primary criteria for RDSC are roads signed for less than a 35 mph speed limit. That’s a definition established by the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials. It targets roads with “the lowest level of mobility and usually contains no bus routes and service to through-traffic movements usually is deliberately discouraged.” That means as a practical matter many roads with 25 mph speed limits will for public safety reasons merit strict law enforcement. It’s all about public safety: in a good number of areas in the city there will be strict enforcement of posted 25 mph signs. Continued on page 5 East Decatur Greenway Park Opens The new East Decatur Greenway [EDG] Park offi- cially opened last month [April 30]. Guests and visitors got to see the newly landscaped Rain Garden and the beautiful greenspace running along the woods and mead- ows beside Shoal Creek. Speakers and music entertained the large crowd at the opening. The new park covers several acres and replaces an old neighborhood eyesore, the long abandoned Speed Trip Gas Station at 890 Columbia Drive. The park and environmental cleanup of the station were the result of neighborhood groups and organizations acting together for a better community. One speaker commented, “We hope this urban greenspace will be a refuge for people as well as wildlife.” The park slopes gently down from the noisy and hectic Columbia Drive through a wooded area to a wide grassy meadow which is instantly soothing and relaxing. As a future Wildlife Habitat, it will serve as a passive park space but also as an outdoor classroom for people to learn about nature. The EDG will partner with the adja- cent Friends School of Atlanta “to maintain and improve the new greenspace.” The head of the Friends School also spoke at the opening. Continued on page 3