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Cyclist taken to hospital after being hit at West Howard and Atlanta Avenue

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Cyclist taken to hospital after being hit at West Howard and Atlanta Avenue

Photo provided by Tonio Andrade
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Photo provided by Tonio Andrade

This story has been updated. 

Decatur Police said a cyclist hit by a vehicle at West Howard and Atlanta Avenue early Thursday morning, Oct. 5.

Police responded to the call at 7:01 a.m.

“The cyclist was traveling eastbound on West Howard Avenue,” Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “The vehicle was traveling westbound on West Howard Avenue attempting to make a left turn, south onto Atlanta Avenue, and struck the cyclist. The cyclist suffered lacerations to the forehead area and complained of aches and pains. The cyclist was transported to an area hospital. The driver was cited for failure to yield while turning left.”

Ross later clarified the “cyclist was riding in the roadway on West Howard Avenue, not on The Path.”

Tonio Andrade, a local cycling activist, said the Decatur Bicycle Coalition “has repeatedly warned city staff and officials” about the intersection.

He said it is “a very dangerous crossing for people on bikes, where the PATH crosses a confusing intersection, and our pleas for safety improvements have gone unanswered.”

Andrade latter added, “The city has done a lot for cycling, and its commitment to safe conditions is not to be doubted, but there are many places to make improvements, and this is one of the most worrisome areas.”

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