University of Iowa student inspired by accident, uses lesson from classroom to ask for change
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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
After being hit by a car while riding his bike this week, Matthew Peirce is asking for changes at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Benton Street in Iowa City.
"Dozens of people ride on this bike trail every single day," said Peirce. "I do and the drivers are simply not aware."
Peirce isn't just an accident victim. He's a graduate student at the University of Iowa studying urban planning with a focus on transportation. He wants to make cities more bike friendly as a career.
"My goal is to advocate for intelligent policies that broaden the scope of transportation that will make drivers aware of other modes of transportation," said Peirce.
Peirce thinks a possible solution is to put up signs, even asking the city council Tuesday evening. The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County looks into these types of requests. Planners weren't aware of this specific issue but say they look for trends and will check into circumstances surrounding accidents to see what can be done to prevent similar problems from happening.
As for Peirce, he'd like to see the intersection, and any other busy streets, become safer for the many bicyclists in Iowa City.
"I do worry, honestly, about drivers not looking," said Peirce.
Peirce's bike was ruined in his accident. He's ok and is hoping to have a new bike soon.
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