Sidewalks. Can’t we do a better job?

To The Editor,

I have a new soapbox. I think we can all agree that sidewalks are designed for pedestrians. So why are the pedestrians disadvantaged every time a driveway intersects with the sidewalk? For most people, this is not an issue but try walking a traditional sidewalk when you are using crutches, a cane, a walker or a wheelchair. Our population is growing older and more of our friends and relatives will be using these devices.

Why is it not possible for sidewalks to be built on one continuous level — as well as to accommodate vehicle crossing by pouring a concrete or asphalt grade adjustment where required. This would require less engineering and less execution time and therefore save money. This is how sidewalks are installed in Washington D.C. and other cities or parts thereof.

The parent of a friend with a walker recently ended up on the street negotiating a driveway dip in the sidewalk. Do we have to see injury or worse before there is a change in approach? This can be changed with almost no impact on vehicle traffic but to great advantage for the pedestrian community.

With all the reconstruction taking place wouldn’t this be a good time to make things better?

Kenneth Duff,
Vankleek Hill

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