Bicycle Coalition calls for safety improvements where student was killed

Alex Hyneman (Courtesy 11Alive)
Alex Hyneman (Courtesy 11Alive)

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) is demanding immediate action to improve the safety of the intersection at 10th Street and Monroe Drive in Midtown after Grady High School freshman Alexia Hyneman, 14, was struck and killed  by a vehicle on Thursday night while crossing the intersection.

The ABC invited supporters to gather this morning at the intersection at 11 a.m. to honor Alexia and her family. Supporters are then encouraged to advocate for safety improvements by attending the Atlanta City Council meeting following the memorial at 1 p.m.

“We’re devastated by the news of Grady High School freshman Alexia Hyneman’s death while cycling home from a school performance,” 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 Street and Monroe Drive. 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 ABC released a list of safety improvements it wants implemented immediately at 10th Street and Monroe Drive:

· Configure the light signal so it is easily understood by pedestrians and cyclists
· Shorten the wait time for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the street
· Lengthen and automate the pedestrian (and cyclists) phase
· Improve street lighting at 10th Street and Monroe Drive, including the BeltLine intersections
· Accelerate the Monroe Drive Complete Streets project, funded in the Renew Atlanta bond
· Create a bicycle connection on Monroe Drive to make it safe and predictable for all pedestrians and cyclists

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