A cyclist was struck and killed by a pick-up truck early yesterday morning on N. Decatur Road, here in Atlanta. Paul Taylor, 53, was an active member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church and is survived by his wife and four children. As of this post, police are still investigating and we don’t know exactly how this happened. Paul was riding in the inside lane on a 4-lane street when he was struck.
News like this is always sobering and sad. Paul’s unfortunate untimely passing should serve as a reminder to us all who are riding the roads to ride smart and ride safe.
- Ride with flashing tail lights and head lights for your bike if riding on busy streets – any time of the day.
- ALWAYS wear a helmet – no exceptions – ever.
- ALWAYS have identification. (RoadID is highly recommended as you can register medical information to help first responders react as quickly as possible. It also makes it easy for them to contact someone immediately for you.)
- Stay as close to the right side of the road as you safely can.
- Know your route well if riding in the early pre-sun hours. Know where the pot-holes are that could cause you to crash. If not safe, find another route.
- NEVER ride with headphones, earbuds, etc. in your ears! Leave those i-anything, bluetooth earpieces, etc. at home or in your pockets when riding so you can use all your senses.