Man almost hit by car after leaving Wednesday’s game with Nashville SC
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Football is what brings people to Geodis Park.
But fans know the real fight is when the game is over and it’s time to go.
“After the game, you have thousands of people trying to leave the stadium at the same time, and there’s a 6-foot-wide sidewalk to accommodate all the pedestrians,” Koby Langner said.
Langner loves the city’s football team, but leaving Wednesday’s game was almost a left turn for him.
“I got to this crosswalk and a Lyft driver just pulled ahead and didn’t stop,” he said. “So I was standing in front of the vehicle and I kind of clapped my hands on the car to get their attention.”
But Langner claims the driver got out of the car and started yelling at him.
“The fact that that piece of metal seemed more valuable than my life and the lives of several other pedestrians trying to cross a crosswalk legally and safely was frustrating,” he said.
Langner says the situation scared him and he worries about others who walk and bike in the city.
“We’ve seen pedestrian fatalities on the rise, especially since 2020, and that’s really scary for someone who chooses to walk and bike as much as they can around town and as a Nashville SC fan,” he said.
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Becca Walls knows what it’s like in the zone once the matches are out.
“We have like the human Frogger that walks here,” she said.
Walls has lived in the neighborhood for eight years and says the lack of consistent sidewalks and parking can’t keep up with passing traffic.
“If they’re not going to provide adequate parking, then start thinking about how we can get these sidewalks in here, how we can create safe walking routes, how we can make traffic not park on both sides when the street isn’t even wide enough wide to park two cars,” she said.
Langner agrees that improvements are needed and is optimistic that the city can work to make that happen.
“I hope an issue like this will raise awareness and help leaders take action before the next time is worse,” he said.
News 2 reached out to city hall to see if more sidewalks can be added to the areas behind Geodis Park, but have yet to hear back.
News 2 also reached out to the Nashville Department of Transportation, who told us they will be looking into that location.
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They said they have plans to build sidewalks along the length of Craighead Street, and construction is expected to begin in late fall.
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