(PHOTOS) – The Big Walk on South Candler Street

Posted by Decaturish.com January 13, 2016

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.

Margaret Bell (left) and her father Griffin corss S. Candler St. at Kirk Rd. in Decatur on her way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Margaret Bell (left) and her father Griffin cross S. Candler St. at Kirk Rd. in Decatur on her way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Theresa Stephens (left) stops traffic at the intersection of S. Candler St. and Kirk Rd. in Decatur so people can cross on their way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Theresa Stephens (left) stops traffic at the intersection of S. Candler St. and Kirk Rd. in Decatur so people can cross on their way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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Traffic zooms through the intersection of S. Candler St. and Kirk Rd. in Decatur on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Traffic zooms through the intersection of S. Candler St. and Kirk Rd. in Decatur on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Theresa Stephens (left) stops traffic at the intersection of S. Candler St. and Kirk Rd. in Decatur to let Max Bankruijssen cross on his way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Theresa Stephens (left) stops traffic at the intersection of S. Candler St. and Kirk Rd. in Decatur to let Max Bankruijssen cross on his way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

A 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 on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

A 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 on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Ashley Ikpelue (left) with GDOT keeps a tally of people who cross S. Candler St. at Kirk Rd. in Decatur during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Ashley Ikpelue (left) with GDOT keeps a tally of people who cross S. Candler St. at Kirk Rd. in Decatur during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

People cross Kirk Rd. at S. Candler in Decatur on their way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

People cross Kirk Rd. at S. Candler in Decatur on their way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Maurice Johnson (right) stops traffic at the intersection of S. Candler and E. Dougherty streets in Decatur so people can cross on their way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Maurice Johnson (right) stops traffic at the intersection of S. Candler and E. Dougherty streets in Decatur so people can cross on their way to school during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Sydney Balcom (left) and Sophia Aiken cross S. Candler St. at Kirk Rd. on their way to school on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Sydney Balcom (left) and Sophia Aiken cross S. Candler St. at Kirk Rd. on their way to school on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Crossing guard Theresa Stephens (left) talks to a young student on the way to school as she waits for the traffic light to change at the intersection of S. Candler St. and Kirk Rd. in Decatur during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning. Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Crossing guard Theresa Stephens (left) talks to a young student on the way to school as she waits for the traffic light to change at the intersection of S. Candler St. and Kirk Rd. in Decatur during the Big Walk on South Candler event on Wednesday morning.
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

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