WHY I WALK IN THE ROAD: After a recent column (Aug. 5) included a cyclist concerned about hitting pedestrians walking in bike lanes, and the traffic ordinance that says you have to walk on the sidewalk if there is one, Jo Martin had to sound off.
Because she has no car, is disabled and risks very serious injury if she falls, Jo says, “I pay a lot of attention to the surfaces on which I walk. One of the both most annoying and most dangerous aspects of walking, especially here in the NE Heights, is the deplorable condition of the sidewalks and driveway ramps – both residential and commercial. And don’t even get me started on the even more deplorable condition of most parking lots. Shudder.”
Jo explains that the alternatives as she takes her wheeled cart on errands are no better. “Often the curb areas, or the bike lanes, aren’t in that much better condition – most all our streets are in serious need of repaving/regrading. But, they are safer for walking than the alternative.”
And she says she’s not alone. “Most people I talk with whether walking for exercise, for their dogs, or simply transiting from one point to another, when asked, all agree: The streets are safer. … One friend who’s in a motorized chair has tried to use the sidewalks and has twice been thrown into the street and oncoming traffic by ‘bad’ sidewalks/driveway ramps. One such resulted in a broken elbow. Now? She always uses the street.”
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