Hine Street needs sidewalks
My husband Greg and I live on Wilburn Street. We live less than a quarter of a mile north of Market Street, and 1.2 miles from the Square. We have lived in this section of Athens for eight years. We enjoy living walking distance from downtown.
Most of us who live in Corum subdivision are older citizens who walk for exercise. I am sure you are familiar with the danger that Hine Street presents for pedestrians. I would like to thank the City Council for extending sidewalks from the hospital to the post office. That was helpful.
But I travel on this section of road nearly every day and I see men, women and children struggling to walk along the side of the road. I have seen one woman several times pushing a baby stroller in the grass and holding another child’s hand. Once, I saw a little boy going from one driveway to the next on a Big Wheel out into the street at the crest of a small hill. As recently as this past Sunday afternoon, two people had the northbound traffic almost stopped because they were so close to the side of the road where there is a drop-off.
So to this City Council I want to say: Thank you from the people who live in older neighborhoods who would like to walk to the Square, the post office or the hospital. Thank you from the men, the women and the children who walk out of necessity along North Hine Street. And to the next City Council, I ask that you continue with this project to extend the sidewalk the rest of the way down Hine Street before what was begun with good intentions ends in tragedy.