Finding the Right Footwear


There is something empowering about walking somewhere. Be it climbing a mountain or simply walking to the neighborhood store, stepping outside of your routine and going somewhere under your own power can be a nice way to shake things up. However, if a walk sounds painful or you have had bad experiences, maybe the problem is your footwear.

Why it Matters

Shoes are designed for different purposes. We walk differently on different surfaces, and the body mechanics behind our movements change depending on if we are walking, hiking, or running. On a car, different tires are used for different purposes. An off-road tire and a formula 1 tire look wildly different, but both are designed for peak performance in a narrow situation. If walking causes discomfort or injury, adopting shoes that will help your body to move more comfortably and healthily can make all the difference. Having shoes that help prevent injury and make you more comfortable will also encourage you to be more active and healthy.

Choosing a Shoe.

First, figure out how you will be using the shoe. Will you be hiking over rough terrain? Running through the woods or walking on asphalt and concrete? Your local shoe store should be able to help you find shoes designed for each activity. Make sure the shoe fits snugly but is not too tight. Make sure you have enough room on the sides of the shoe as well because if your feet are wider than the shoe is meant for, you can develop painful bunions or blisters. Pay attention to your arch. If you wet your foot and then stand on a piece of paper, you can get a good idea of your arch type. If you have a wide full footprint, your arches are flatter. Look for shoes with a lot of structure to alleviate joint stress. If you don’t see much impression on the paper, you have higher arches. High arches need more support, so you should find a shoe with ample padding. Find some inserts if you need to.

Get Going

A good pair of shoes can get you going, but as you continue to walk around, your body should naturally become adjusted to the activity, and things will get easier. Keep your body and your gear in good shape to improve your health and well-being.




Protecting Your Skin Outdoors


Protect Your Skin

Going outdoors for a walk, run, bike ride, or picnic is a great and healthy way to spend your time. However, too much time in the sun can cause a variety of issues, and not just for those of us with very pale skin. While lighter skin may make it easier to spot a sunburn, everyone can suffer from problems if they receive too much exposure to the sun.

Plan for the Long Term

Some people burn very easily when outdoors. Half an hour outside and you might be bright red and in pain. However, if this is you, then you probably are already very aware of your need for protection. Unfortunately, the rest of us may not be thinking about it quite so much. But wearing sunscreen and bringing a hat can make a dramatic difference over a long period of time. Harmful solar rays can damage your DNA, and you might not see the results for decades.

Look Younger

Daily application of sunscreen can cause huge differences in how your skin ages. While you won’t notice day to day, the skin of someone who has applied daily sunscreen for 20 years will look markedly different than the skin of someone who has gone without. Studies have shown that some signs of aging such as wrinkles will show up later and less frequently on those who apply a daily coating of sunscreen. Additionally, it can prevent your skin from developing blotches or red spots. Remember to use a wide spectrum sunscreen that will block both UVA and UVB rays from the sun. UVA rays, which cause aging, can pass through things like windows or clouds, and will not leave a sunburn, but will slowly damage your skin.

Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Aside from cosmetic effects, sunscreen will greatly decrease your risk of developing certain health problems. Skin Cancer is an expensive, painful, and unfortunately all too common malady nowadays. The good news though, is that it is mostly preventable. The FDA recommends that you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which will block 97% of harmful rays. Wearing a higher SPF will protect against more, but there is no evidence that an SPF higher than 60 will give any real benefit. Remember to apply every two hours when in the sun, and that a higher SPF will not last longer. Wearing sunscreen is such a simple step that everyone can take to improve their chances of maintaining a high quality of life as long as possible.






News – December 2016

The “Force” is with PATH400 – On December 3rd, Livable Buckhead partnered with local artists Jessi Queen, Zach Herndon, Katie Bush, Rachel Tipton Boyd, Meg Mitchell, and James Wheeler, transforming the trail into an intergalactic experience with the release of Star Wars: Rogue One.


The murals were completed on special panels built into the PATH400 soundproofing wall, designed with art installations in mind. Check them out online, or even better in person on PATH400! While you are out there, make sure to enjoy the holiday decorations dotting the greenway.

socialbutton-instagram-newSnap a picture and share it on Instagram with #path4002016. Share any great picture you may have taken throughout the year using the hashtag. We’ll choose our favorites to be included in our 2017 calendar. The Instagram user of the photo with the most likes will get a personal trail tour of the upcoming section of the greenway from Miami Circle to the Gordon Bynum Bridge. The tour, for up to six people, will include lunch at Eclipse di Luna at Miami Circle. You have until January 15th to post your pics and get the most likes…so get on it!

Screenshot_20161209-124329New PATH400 Website Launched – In mid-November, Livable Buckhead launched a new website for PATH400 users, The mobile-optimized site includes a Google map indicating access points, parking and other places of interest along the greenway.

In addition, the new website contains an event calendar to keep up with planned programming on the greenway, as well as a section entitled, “The Dirt.” This section contains news, press releases and articles of interest about PATH400, trails and greenspace.

Check out now.

Construction Update – December 2016

While most people can walk to get to PATH400 on foot or by bike, here’s some good news Old-Ivy-Trailhead-Park_Public-Workskhop_082916_Draft_v2-600x450for those of you who can’t. In early 2017, crews will begin creating eight new parking spaces underneath the GA400 highway bridge on Old Ivy Road. What is awesome is that these parking spaces will serve double duty – providing parking for PATH400 and Old Ivy Park at the same time! Even better, on-street parking is proven to slow down traffic. Old Ivy can be quite the raceway and we need to slow it down here to help create a safer crossing for PATH400 and safer access to Old Ivy Park.
Walk to School
Looking for a way to get your kids more exercise? Soon you will be able to use PATH400 to walk to Sarah Smith’s intermediate campus on Wieuca Road. Starting in January, crews will get to work extending PATH400 from the east side of GA400 crossing the highway to the west side to the intersection of Old Ivy Road where kids can cross safely at the traffic signal. The extension will take a few months to complete (assuming Mother Nature cooperates, which we know she won’t).  
What’s Next?
Crews are eagerly awaiting the green light from MARTA and the City of Atlanta to begin martanspath400building from the top of Miami Circle to the back of Lenox Square tying in to the Gordon Bynum pedestrian bridge that crosses over GA400. This is the coolest part of PATH400 – with two MARTA rail lines soaring overhead, the NFS freight line down below and the GA400 highway nestled in between…PATH400 will thread the needle between them all to create a fantastic user experience for transportation enthusiasts of all ages!
Spur Lines are popping up even before the PATH400 main line is finished! The Buckhead CID is working with the City of Atlanta’s Renew Atlanta Bond Program to redevelop East Paces Ferry (from Lenox Square to Roxboro Road) into a complete street. This means a direct multiuse trail connection from PATH400 to the Lenox MARTA station creating yet another multimodal connection for PATH400. Construction is expected to begin in early 2017.

Staying Hydrated

A photo by Aidan Meyer.

Staying Hydrated  

Getting out and about can be great, but it’s important to remember that staying hydrated is more than just drinking when you are thirsty. Here are some tips and facts to help you stay hydrated.

Are You Drinking Enough?

By some estimates, up to 75 percent of Americans do not meet their recommended water intake. How much water you need will vary depending on your size and activity, but one good indicator of your hydration is the color of your urine. If it is a pale yellow, you are probably okay, but a deeper color can indicate dehydration. Remember that your body constantly loses water through your sweat, breathing, and bowel movements. If you have been sweating more, you will need to replenish that lost water. This is why we often feel thirsty after a workout or on a hot day.

It’s a Big Deal

Dehydration can cause a myriad of issues. Even a small decrease in water intake can lead to feeling unfocused or foggy. Water allows our bodies to carry out many of the essential reactions that keep us alive. Not drinking enough water can cause us to feel tired, irritable, and can decrease our memory. Just drinking an extra glass or two of water  every day can cause a massive difference in how we feel and in our ability to function effectively.

How to Better Stay Hydrated

So how do we stay better hydrated? When at home, make an effort to keep a tally of how many glasses of water you have had every day. Talk with your doctor, or find an estimate of how much water you should need for your body weight. If you feel hungry, try getting some water and waiting a while instead. Sometimes our minds will misinterpret thirst as hunger, and then we can end up eating more than we need to while not solving our dehydration problem. If we drink water instead, we limit our extra calories and stay hydrated at the same time. When exercising, bring a water bottle and refill it frequently. Get a bottle you can drink comfortably from, if you are struggling to get water out of it, you will be much less likely to drink enough. Hiking a trail away from a water source can be a great outdoor activity, but make sure to carry several liters with you.



Biking Etiquette


Biking Safely and Politely

Biking can be one of the best ways to get around. Using a bike for transportation or exercise will help you stay or get fit, prevent pollution, and save money. But before you head out the door, make sure you are familiar with some simple biking etiquette.

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Get Outside and Walk


Get Outside and Walk

Exercise can take many forms. But be it walking, running, swimming, or playing sports, the outcomes on our health can be massive. You don’t have to run ten miles before breakfast to see changes though.   Walking just half an hour a day can make a measurable difference in your health. Studies have found that a half hour walk can be the difference between weight gain, and staying slimmer, even if that is the only physical activity that you do in a day

Keep The Doctor Away

Your waistline isn’t the only place that could see a difference though. Besides helping you build a small amount of muscle, half an hour of walking can also decrease your risk of developing physical ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or stroke. It can even lower your chances of heart disease, the number one killer in America. The important step is to make your exercise part of your daily routine. 30 minutes may not seem like much, but if you do it consistently, it will add up. Increasing your body’s activity by consistently getting moving every day is the key.

It’s Not Just Physical

Getting out of your house and going for a walk has been shown to help your mind too. Consistent but light physical activity can improve your mood and help to reduce the severity of some symptoms of depression. On top of that, getting outside and breathing some fresh air can help us to be more creative and happier, feeling more connected to the world and the people around us. For some of us, your thirty minutes of exercise can be a social activity. If that isn’t your thing, just pop in some headphones and find some solitude on even a busy path. If you really like to be alone, then find the times that trails or areas will be empty, and spend some time in your own company.

Building Community.

Having places to walk, run, or explore make huge differences in communities. Communities where people have the ability to be healthier reap the benefits. Healthier residents will be happier, more productive, and will need less costly healthcare. A community full of more energetic and satisfied people will be safer, and more able to provide for ourselves and the next generation. Public areas can become meeting places, bringing our communities together and helping us forge new relationships and connections.

Calling all nerds!

muralp400Love Star Wars? You will NOT want to miss this! – Calling all nerds!  You know who you are and you know what is happening on December 16th – the release of Rogue One, the latest  Star Wars movie. PATH400 is getting in the spirit on December 3rd, with local artists Jessi Queen, Zach Herndon, Katie Bush, Rachel Tipton Boyd, Meg Mitchell, and James Wheeler transforming the trail into an intergalactic experience. Dress the part and come out to watch the artists at work as they bring our art walls to life with Star Wars interpretations in chalk art. Would you like to see your name in chalk with this happening?  

Donate $100 to PATH400 today and we will make you famous! 

buckhead_final_logo-01BUCKHEAD REdeFINED – If you think greenways are important and want to see more of them, now is the time to speak up! Livable Buckhead is currently leading the development of a master plan for the community – BUCKHEAD REdeFINED – and we need to hear what you think.

Complete the latest survey: Placemaking and Connectivity.

Good Trails Make Good Neighbors

missangieGood Trails Make Good Neighbors – Have you ever renovated your house? Did you still like your contractor when it was all said and done? Probably not. Well, here on PATH400 not only  do we love our contractor, Lewallen Construction, so do our trail neighbors. How do we know that? Miss Angie, a resident of the Marion Highrise has been bringing our workers treats nearly every day during our construction. She has brought them watermelon on those hot days, and even hot herbal tea to cure a cold for our foreman Terry. The guys love her so much, they occasionally water her garden and even took it a step farther to show her their love.

What the Landscape Needs Now – RAIN. Many of you already know that Mother Nature HATES me – it poured on my wedding day, my first outdoor event had golf ball sized hail… I could go on and on. Her latest attempt to spoil things is evident in the landscaping between Old Ivy and Wieuca. Yes, we are having some problems! No rain is especially difficult on new landscaping and in spite of our watering every two weeks, we have lost a lot of trees. The good news is that our partner, Atlanta Public Schools, is working with us to replace the ones we have lost. The not so good news is that this will have to be put on hold for a while since the state Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 2 drought in 52 counties, including metro Atlanta and much of north Georgia, that limits outdoor watering


PATH400 Wins Golden Shoe Award from PEDS

Pedestrian advocacy organization recognizes Livable Buckhead, Buckhead CID, and PATH Foundation for creating walkable connections ATLANTA – November 3, 2016 – PEDS, metro Atlanta’s pedestrian advocacy organization, presented Golden Shoe Awards on October 25 to people, projects and places that are making communities throughout metro Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia safe and inviting places to […]