Transportation safety is a top priority for many of us. Thomasville Road is such an important part of our Betton Hills transportation network. Currently, that road is not safe for several transportation modes. It is particularly dangerous for pedestrians (walking alone, with friends or with your dog) or those riding their bikes. Statistics on distracted driving published by the National Safety Council give us additional reasons to be concerned. One out of four car crashes are caused by cell phone use. In addition, those driving are 24 times more likely to crash their cars if texting while driving. The risks are unacceptable.
We have an opportunity now to address and improve safety on Thomasville Road. There is a feasibility study underway to consider an enhancement called a multi-use path that will improve the safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles on Thomasville Road. BHNA was already contacted to listen to a presentation and provide initial input. A description of the feasibility study is provided at the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) website.
The CRTPA is our metropolitan planning agency. This agency reviews and approves many of the transportation infrastructure decisions that affect us every day. Betton Hills could be impacted in a variety of ways. For example, the park-to-park path between McCord and Winthrop Parks could be part of this enhancement. If you are interested in this project, take a look at the CRTPA description and contact us at [email protected].
There will be several opportunities to share your input but the sooner we hear from you, the better!
At our February BHNA Board of Directors meeting, Kimley Horn gave a presentation and took feedback from the board members. A recording of that section of the meeting is here: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/512761407