Thursday, May 17, 2012

Girl, in Transit: The sad state of our sidewalks

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 7:00 AM

This is part of a series of stories by Kimmel, who's given up her car and is relying primarily on public transit.

To piggyback off of last week's post, I wanted to share some pictures of the obstacle course that is my daily walk. As much comedy as there is in these pictures, I can't help but think about the poor shape of our sidewalks for the people who have accessibility concerns. Something needs to be done.

click to enlarge I trip here first thing in the morning when I am still waking up. It's on a slant, which is hard to see in this picture, and I can't imagine how difficult it would be to navigate over this in a wheelchair.
  • I trip here first thing in the morning when I am still waking up. It's on a slant, which is hard to see in this picture, and I can't imagine how difficult it would be to navigate over this in a wheelchair.
click to enlarge Pole in the middle of the sidewalk, surrounded by deteriorating concrete. If you go to the left, you have to go up a ramp. To the right, and you're in the street.
  • Pole in the middle of the sidewalk, surrounded by deteriorating concrete. If you go to the left, you have to go up a ramp. To the right, and you're in the street.
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click to enlarge It's not often that you see this sign. This used to be my shortcut. Now I have to go around the block.
  • It's not often that you see this sign. This used to be my shortcut. Now I have to go around the block.
click to enlarge Another pole in the middle of the sidewalk. I've been texting and walking and ran right into this one. One of my funnier walks to work...
  • Another pole in the middle of the sidewalk. I've been texting and walking and ran right into this one. One of my funnier walks to work...
click to enlarge Once you navigate left around the fire hydrant, you immediately have to swing right to miss the mailbox. Again, not an easy route for those in greater need for accessibility.
  • Once you navigate left around the fire hydrant, you immediately have to swing right to miss the mailbox. Again, not an easy route for those in greater need for accessibility.

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