At times, accidents lead to calls for change. Crossing signals, traffic lights, and stop signs have all been added to intersections at times due to accidents that have occurred. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes tragedy to occur to allow needed changes to be made.
In the wake of the death of a Grady High School freshman, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is calling for a safety overhaul of a midtown intersection they say is unsafe for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Alexia Hyneman, 14, died on Friday, February 12th after being struck by a car the previous day. The driver who struck the teen reportedly informed police that he had not seen the girl.
Officer Kim Jones of the Atlanta Police Department issued a statement: “At this time, the Atlanta Police Accident Response Team will not file charges against the driver involved in the fatal accident of Alexia Hyneman.”
On Monday, February 15th, about 50 people, including councilman Kwanza Hall, attended a rally near the scene of the accident. Coalition members stated that they hoped the incident would spur action on behalf of midtown residents and the city of Atlanta.
Hall said that changing a traffic signal can cost $75,000 to $100,000 as well as the time invested to research how changes would impact traffic in the area. Hall also stated that he rides his bike in the area and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety of bikers.
Hall recommended tapping into pods of about $8 million in impact fees and about $5 million in special funding from council members to make the needed changes.
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