Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Paul Taylor Memorial Ride will start at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at the old DeKalb County Courthouse on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur.
Atlanta area cyclists will hold a memorial ride May 5 to honor the memory of Paul Taylor, a Decatur-area cyclist who was killed on the road a year ago. The Paul Taylor Memorial Ride will start at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at the old DeKalb County Courthouse on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Decatur. It's organized by BikeFriendlyATL, a group Dave Mathews of Decatur formed to make the roads safer for cyclists. BikeFriendlyATL has placed a "ghost bike," a white bike that serves as a memorial, beside North Decatur Road. The group has organized other memorial rides for other cyclists killed on the road. Paul Taylor died the morning of April 30 after being struck by a pickup truck on North Decatur Road during a training ride. The driver told Decatur …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Seven months after Paul Taylor was killed in a cycling accident, his widow donated his old hybrid bicycle to become a "ghost bike."
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Dave Mathews of Decatur has placed five "ghost bikes" beside roads in Georgia. These are bikes painted white to memorialize cyclists killed on the roadways, usually in collisions with autos. He placed one bike on North Decatur Road in honor of Paul Taylor, who died the morning of April 30 while riding his road bike. Mathews just received a special bike. Taylor's widow, Barbara Taylor, donated his hybrid bicycle to the cause. Patch asked her why she did it. She sent these words by email. I gave the bike to Paul for his 40th birthday. It was the bike he rode on family vacations and around the neighborhood for many years until he became interested in triathlons and upgraded. I have fond memories of both of our girls riding on the back of …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Taylor, killed April 30 in a cycling wreck in Decatur, was "boss hog" at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church's annual barbecue.
Oak Grove United Methodist Church's annual barbecue will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, but it will go on without chief organizer and "boss hog" Paul Taylor. Taylor, 53, died April 30 after being struck by a pickup truck on North Decatur Road in Decatur. Taylor was a physician’s assistant in neonatology at Grady Health System for over twenty years. He was also a clinical instructor in the Physician Assistant Program with Emory University School of Medicine, earning the Teacher of the Year Award from the program in 1993. Michelle Hiskey, a writer for the Saporta Report, looked back at Taylor's life in a recent story. To use a bicycling term, most of us draft off neighbors like Taylor. In our hesitation to volunteer, this father of two teenaged …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
They say the lack of prosecution in the Paul Taylor death proves something's wrong in the way police handle bicycle incidents.
Cycling safety became Dave Mathews' passion after a bad bike wreck 18 months ago, and he grew more serious on the subject after a pickup struck and killed cyclist Paul Taylor. Mathews became downright angry after authorities announced last week nobody will be prosecuted because they don't have evidence to make a case. "We're human beings too," said Mathews, who started a Facebook page about bike safety in Atlanta. "We're not disposable creatures." This kind of anger and frustration has spread through the Atlanta biking community, which has long complained about lack of respect on the road. As a commenter on a Patch story said, Let me get this straight, if I run over a cyclist at 6:20am and the 4 lane road is otherwise empty of cars so that…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Officials there's no evidence to file charges against the driver who hit and killed bicyclist Paul Taylor, a former instructor in Emory's Physician Assistant Program.
DeKalb County Solicitor Sherry Boston will not file charges in the April 30 wreck that killed bicyclist Paul Taylor on North Decatur Road. In a statement released Friday, Boston said. While our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the bicyclist who died in this accident, we have determined at this time, there is no evidence to file any criminal charges against the driver of the vehicle. Decatur Police conducted a comprehensive investigation that was reviewed by investigators at both our office and the Georgia State Patrol. All three agencies came to the same conclusion -- that there was no evidence to form the basis of a criminal charge, and no witnesses have come forward to supply any further information about what happened in …