(PHOTOS) – The Big Walk on South Candler StreetA large group of people cross S. Candler St. at Kirk Rd. in Decatur on their way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event. Photo: Jonathan Phillips
By Jonathan Phillips, contributor
Parents, children, students, runners, walkers, people out for a stroll and more came out to support The Big Walk on South Candler Street on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials and local community members were on hand at the intersections of South Candler and Kirk Road and East Dougherty Street and East Pharr Road to get counts of people crossing the busy street. The event started bright and early at 7 a.m. and lasted until 9 a.m. GDOT officials counted 48 people crossing S. Candler at Kirk Road in the first 45 minutes of the event. A local resident was keeping tally at E. Dougherty Street with 93 people crossing in the first hour. The event was organized to show that there is demand for more safe crossing options in this area.