Is a Redesign of Big Creek Park Needed?

11 Alive News reports the son of injured bicyclist Barbara Nicholas is fighting to have the city redesign Big Creek Park and Greenway.

A local woman's death has one family urging the city of Roswell to redesign Big Creek Park and Greenway, according to 11 Alive News.

Barbara Nicholas, 67, died this month of injuries - including paralysis - incurred during a head-on bicycle collision in the fall of 2010 which has been blamed on blind spots along the greenway. Now her son, Steven Nicholas, is urging the city to change the park design so a similar tragedy doesn't befall another family, the television news station reports.

Do you ride your bicycle at the park? Have you noticed blind spots? Do you agree the park and greenway need to be redesigned? Tell us in the comments below.

Mary February 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
We do ride and walk the Greenway and there are blind spots no lane markers and rude cyclist. This all leads to problems especially the lack of lane markers. If one person dies on the trail then of course there should be no question as to its design issues. I do know however that the second we go to redesign the lawyers will swoop in and say this is an admission of the problem. Damned if you do damned if you don't
janet h russell February 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM
So sorry for this woman's death but a few questions : was she wearing a helmet? How long had she been cycling? Had she attended any cycling education classes ? At 67, sometimes our reflexes and abilities are not as good as we remember. This park design won National awards so I am sorry for her death but does that mean we redesign a park? People die every day on our highways in cars and crossing streets and we don't redesign them. I am not trying to be cold or heartless just realistic.
Linda Becker February 20, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Yes, she was wearing a helmet. She was a veteran bike rider with many long distance road trips under her belt. She was hit head on by two bikers racing from the other direction around a S-curve which was obscured with foliage.
KD February 20, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Unfortunately even proper signage would probably not prevent a tragedy such as this. The other cyclists were racing, and showing disregard in general. Rules of the trails dictate to "keep right except to pass"; that doesn't mean folks will always follow the rules.


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