The father of a 14-year-old girl killed while riding her bike along Monroe Drive has written a compelling column saying a road diet there would’ve saved his daughter’s life.
Thomas Hyneman, father of Alexia, published the column on Saporta Report.
“I prefer to be direct so I will get right to it. A road diet on Monroe Drive could have saved my daughter’s life,” he wrote.
The road diet would improve conditions for walkers and cyclists along the road.
Hyneman said while a road diet would increase commute times for people driving along the road, it would also increase the chances that someone could survive an accident there. To read the whole column, click here.
The accident happened in February of 2016. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Hyneman, 14, was riding her bike home from a school theater performance … when, according to Atlanta police, she ‘proceeded through the intersection’ at 10th Street and Monroe Drive and was struck by a vehicle.”
The driver told police he couldn’t see the Alexia.
Saporta Report says over 400 people attended a meeting about the proposed road diet in August. Atlanta BeltLine Inc. CEO Paul Morris was there. According to the website, the biggest problems along Monroe are “the intersection of 10thStreet, Monroe Drive, the Atlanta BeltLine and Virginia Avenue.” To read the full story, click here.
Renew Atlanta, the city’s infrastructure improvement program, has posted presentations about what road diet would look like and recently held another input meeting.
To see the presentations, click here.