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Atlanta Bicycle Coalition calls for street safety overhaul after 14-year-old student killed near Grady High School

February 15, 2016 | Comment

Alexia Hyneman, 14, was struck by car in intersection while cycling home from school.

February 14, 2016 – Atlanta. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) demands immediate action to improve the safety of the intersection at 10th Street and Monroe Drive after 14-year-old Grady High School student Alexia Hyneman was struck and killed riding her bicycle home from school.

“We’re devastated by the news of Grady High School student Alexia Hyneman’s death while riding home from school,” said Rebecca Serna, Executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. “Grady High School, Piedmont Park, a protected bike lane and the Atlanta BeltLine all meet at 10th and Monroe. It’s one of the city’s busiest intersections for people on foot and bike, and everyone who uses it deserves to be safe.”

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition calls for immediate safety improvements to the signal at 10th and Monroe to configure it to be easily understood, shorten the wait time for people crossing, lengthen and automate the pedestrian phase, and improve lighting at this and all BeltLine intersections. ABC also calls for acceleration of the Monroe Drive Complete Streets project funded in the Renew Atlanta bond and for a bicycle connection on Monroe Drive to make it safe and predictable for all users. Finally, the Coalition appeals for increased enforcement of red-light violations and a public campaign to end red-light running at this and all city intersections.

“The City of Atlanta has made great strides in the past few years toward the kind of infrastructure that makes everyday walking and biking good transportation options. But as more and more Atlantans bike or walk to their destinations or to MARTA, we can’t leave them stranded in dangerous gaps between very good pieces of infrastructure. Each trip is only as good, and as safe, as its worst crossing. What Alexia’s death tragically shows us is that Atlanta’s street network must prioritize safety over minimizing delays for motorists,” noted Serna.

The Coalition invites supporters to gather at the corner of 10th and Monroe Monday, February 15 at 11 am to honor Alexia and to support her family. Supporters are then encouraged to advocate for safety improvements by attending the Atlanta City Council meeting Monday, February 15 at 1 pm.

Call to Action

After sharing our condolences and speaking with Alexia Hyneman’s family, we have decided to gather at 10th and Monroe to show our support for Alexia’s family and to call for immediate changes to improve the safety of this intersection. Afterwards we will attend the City Council Meeting to make these requests directly to the City Council and pledge our support for the hard work ahead.

Monday, February 11th at 11 a.m.: Gather at 10th and Monroe to support Alexia’s family and safe streets. (Map here.)

Monday, February 11th at 1 p.m.: Meet at City Hall for Council meeting to call for changes to 10th and Monroe. (68 Mitchell Street SW, Atlanta.)

Important note regarding the city council meeting: We will arrive at the city council meeting for the public comment period. The public comment period gives ABC the opportunity to put the call for safety improvements on the official record. At the meeting, we ask that you sign up and cede your allotted public comment time to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Executive Director Rebecca Serna will use your time to call for immediate safety improvements to the street. ABC will make these requests of City Council, and pledge our support for the hard work ahead. As always, if you would like to speak during public comment, please be respectful of the family and city officials. Please keep your comments focused on this particular intersection. If you have questions or concerns about other intersections, contact the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition at info@atlantabike.org [or on campus, contact the Georgia Tech Bicycle Infrastructure Improvement Committee].

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The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is Atlanta’s voice for better biking. www.atlantabike.org

This post is based on ABC’s Call to Action and does not represent Georgia Tech’s official position.

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