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Huntsville talks safety measures for bikers in light of NYC attack

In the wake of the terror attack in new york that left eight people dead and 13 others injured. WAAY 31 wanted to know if Huntsville City officials were considering placing protective barriers on any of the current bike lanes to keep something like this from happening in the Tennessee Valley.

Posted: Nov 1, 2017 9:22 PM

In the wake of the terror attack in new york that left eight people dead and 13 others injured.

WAAY  31 wanted to know if Huntsville City officials were considering placing protective barriers on any of the current bike lanes-- to keep something like this from happening in the Tennessee Valley.

"It would give [bikers] more safety and more assurance that they won't be hit," said Melanee Manuel, who lives in Huntsville. 

"We have to do something to protect our residents," said city councilman of district five, Will Culver. 

The discussion comes after Tuesday's terror attack in New York, near the world trade center where Sayfullo Saipov is accused of driving a home depot truck the wrong way in a biking only lane, killing 8 people and injuring many others. Officials say he then allegedly crashed into a school bus before jumping out of the truck and showing off his firearms. He was then shot by police.

"We live in a different time now," said Culver. 

So, to keep precautionary measures in place -- Culver  said the conversation needs to start now, to prevent another attack.
Though he saidprevention would be expensive.

However, Culver did say he and other city leaders need to be proactive to ensure they are prepared if tragedy strikes.

" I think what happened in New York is probably  going to set the precedence for yhings to come as it relates to bike lanes."

And to that, Manuel said she agrees.

Sot from melanie-" it makes me feel like if they're taking it seriously, huntsville will be that much safer of a place if they're going to
Take those measures."

City officials said protecting bike lanes is something they will definitely bring into discussion.
Right now there's no word on if and when funding would be available.

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