Busy road widened where two students were hit

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico pedicab driver convinced Caltrans to re-stripe a road where two Chico State students were hit by cars.

The section of Nord Avenue near the bridge over Big Chico Creek was widened for bikers to make it safer to cross.

Mike Griffith is very well known for offering pedicab rides around downtown Chico and was devastated by the tragedies involving two students.

Kristina Chesterman, 21, tragically lost her life to an alleged drunk driver while riding her bike home from school on September 22, 2013. Brandon Fisher was crossing the road in that same area and was also hit by an alleged drunk driver. He suffered a traumatic brain injury on December 8, 2012.

Griffith went to the city of Chico six months ago to tell them something needs to be done. The city said they voiced Griffith's concerns to Caltrans.

Caltrans said they had plans to do this project in the winter time but had to wait to for the summer time to get it done. They finished the job Thursday morning.

"It's a surreal feeling and it's so awesome to know that every bike going through will be safer," said Griffith.

Caltrans said they have made the median narrower and have extended the shoulders from four feet to seven feet. They also added two left hand turn lanes for nearby businesses.

Griffith plans to have a plaque made in Chesterman's honor and place it where she was struck.

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