Thursday, May 9, 2013
The city is offering rides and classes to promote cycling, starting with "Introduction to Bike Commuting" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The City of Decatur has declared May "Bike Month" and is going out of its way to promote cycling. That's only appropriate since the Leagle of American Bicyclists named Decatur a "bike-friendly community" last fall. The city started offering activities last weekend but the non-stop rain caused problems. Here's' the list of remaining bike-centric things to do in May, courtesy of Decatur Active Living.
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.
A memorial ride will be held 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. 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 police he came upon Taylor off …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Barbara Taylor, the widow of Paul Taylor, says the ride "will be a wonderful tribute to Paul and I hope that it will help in the efforts to raise the awareness of motorists."
A memorial ride will be held 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. 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. Patch asked Taylor's widow, Barbara Taylor, for a comment. This is what she said in an email. I continue to be touched at the level of support from our neightbors and friends but even more amazed at the support from the cycling community. The memorial ride will be a wonderful tribute to Paul and I hope that it will help in the efforts to raise the awareness of motorists…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The annual Bike Ride to the Capitol drew a good crowd Tuesday at the East Lake Marta station parking lot, despite chilly weather.
A good crowd of cyclists gathered in the East Lake Marta Station parking lot on Tuesday morning for the Ride to the Capitol, an annual event that draws attention to the need for more cycling.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The bike shop will open March 4 in the Old Fourth Ward with the name Atlanta Beltline Bicycles.
The Avondale Estates shop that specializes in inexpensive, rehabbed bicycles is moving to the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta. Benjamin Stimis said he recently shut the doors on Avondale Cycles at 2754 E. College Ave. He will open Atlanta Beltline Bicycles March 4 at 151 Sampson St. NE, Atlanta. Stimis said he planned to stick around Avondale Estates a while but the larger space (2,500 square feet, compared to 1,600 in Avondale Estates) convinced him to make the move. Stimis started out in Avondale Estates with Label Discount, which sells Costco overruns. He put a few fixed-up bikes out front and discovered they sold quickly, so he expanded that part of his businss. The Atlanta store will sell only bikes, he said.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Cyclists who follow the Bike Decatur Google group will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Decatur Marta station.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Patch received this email from a member of the Bike Decatur Google group. Happy Holidays everyone - ByBicycles is hosting some community bicycle rides around Decatur the next two weeks. We will meet at the Church St MARTA at 8pm the next two Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and ride around the neighborhoods and marvel in the season. Thursdays are "Terrific Thursdays" in Decatur, so the shops will be open late with specials and usually food/drink too. Easy Living Pedicabs will have a pedicab out on Thursdays, so if any non riding family members want to ride along, reserve that space thru a reply or email easype...@gmail.com. Next Sunday, we will tour the Avondale Estates neighborhood. [This ride] will leave from our new training facility at …
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."
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. 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 daughters and two adult children would have already stepped up to coach the soccer team, go on the mission trip or train for a triathlon. After a work day as a physician’s assistant at Grady Memorial Hospital, his service to others was just getting going. His tough …