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Bicyclist hit, killed on North Decatur Road
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DECATUR, Ga. -- A bicyclist was hit by a car and killed while riding along North Decatur Road early Monday morning.

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as 53-year-old Paul Taylor.

Decatur police Captain Scott Richards said Taylor was heading eastbound on N. Decatur Road between Clairmont and Scott Road and riding in the inside lane. He was hit by a Ford Ranger and taken to DeKalb Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The accident happened at 6:23 Monday morning before rush hour traffic, Capt. Richards said.

No charges have been filed against the driver, though the crash remains under investigation.

As a seasoned cyclist, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition director Rebecca Serna said she feels safe riding on most metro Atlanta roads, but that comes with taking classes and being familiar with routes.

For most riders, Serna said, it's not that easy.

"The problem is that there are a lot of areas in the region and in the city as well that just lack safe facilities for people to get out of their cars," Serna said.

She points to so-called disconnections: areas that are outfitted with bike lanes but the major roads connecting those areas are not.

"There's a large percentage of the population that would love to get on a bike, but they don't feel safe doing so," Serna said.

She points to DeKalb County as a prime example. Atlanta Bicycle Coalition joins a group of cycle advocates that have formed a coalition to push for safer walking and bicycling options around the county.

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