I am always amazed at the sheer courage it takes people using wheelchairs to navigate the streets of Eastwood. In the summer, they have to work their way up and over or around broken or heaved sidewalks, sidewalks made narrow by encroaching grass and dirt, and cars parked over the sidewalks. And in the winter, just one house on a block with its sidewalk made impassible by snow means anyone trying to get from point A to point B must then walk in the street.
My mind boggles at the people who park on the sidewalks right in front of a certain gym, across the street from senior housing where wheelchair users live. This is the route the wheelchair-bound would take to get to the community center if there weren’t cars on it. Where is the logic in parking so close you don’t have to walk half a block to get to the treadmill??
Sig Snyder sent me this from the Transportation For America website:
If a jumbo jet filled with 400 passengers dropped from the sky every month, you can bet it would get serious federal attention. Well, that’s about how many pedestrians are killed on U.S. streets every month – but until now it hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserves.
The good news is that we can fight the problem at the root with strong leadership and more resources from the White House for “Complete Streets” – policies that will ensure that streets are designed with all road users in mind, not just motorists.
CLICK HERE to ask U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to make safer streets a priority!
And let’s not forget to keep working on ways to keep our sidewalks in good repair summer or winter.