[tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction for Nova2010

  • From: "blindwilly" <blindwilly@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 16:26:26 -0500


Every city has there own laws about sidewalks.  It is my understanding that any 
time a building is built or has substantial remodeling, they are required to 
install sidewalks.  

Having said that, I have wondered about the follow threw, but it is not up to 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Darla J. Rogers 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 1:14 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction 
for Nova2010

  Dear William

  Are there laws in place about new construction (business and residential) 
that sidewalks must be included.

  Also, I'm concerned about Dial-a-Ride making assumptions about blind people 
being able to navigate certain stops thus assuming we can access all of them 
and making us ineligible for service.


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: blindwilly 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2011 7:57 PM
    Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction 
for Nova2010


    I am on your side buddy, but there is never going to be enough money.   We 
have a few million to work on high priority sidewalks now and perhaps when we 
have finished them, we will get another grant to continue, but even then there 
will be priorities.

    It's like the pharmacy add says, this is not a perfect world.   I wish it 
were, and I am batting it out my friend so keep in there with the cause and we 
will all get there in the end.


      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Charles Atkins 
      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:20 PM
      Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk 
construction for Nova2010

      Even with the remotest possibility of their, possibly, not finding a 
sidewalk at a bus stop, stifles any notion they might have to just be creative 
and venture out for the sake of just being a happier person and feeling more 
independent as a blind person!  Does anyone else feel almost like I do?

      It would be fun to just get up and go, but, the fact of one realizing the 
sidewalk project is millions of dollars short, impedes any such liberty for the 
cane travelers.  

      Is there anything we cane travelers can do to help them come up with the 
rest of the money that's needed to complete the project?

      What a wonderful city it would be if we could just go a head on and be 
guaranteed that no matter where we go we won't be bothered with such a scenario 
as our not finding along the way, the sidewalk once we got to where they're 
missing or hadn't been installed to allow us to just enjoy our trip!

      Otherwise, it's just just a hendrance!

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Chip Orange 
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 4:36 PM
        Subject: [tabi] article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction 
for Nova2010

        Sidewalk construction for Nova2010 continues but 'woefully' short
        By TaMaryn Waters

        Being blind is a way of life for Bruce Weaver, and so is riding the bus.
        Weaver, 48, who's been blind for 25 years as a result of a hereditary 
disease, rides
        a bus five to six times a day since he's the independent-living 
coordinator for Ability
        1st. His job is to teach those with disabilities how to use StarMetro's 
buses as
        well as he does.
        With StarMetro's new Nova2010 bus system slated to launch this summer, 
city crews
        are tackling the tough job of correcting safety issues with sidewalks 
and building
        new ones in areas where no sidewalk exists so people like Weaver can 
get better access
        to bus stops.
        "Without sidewalks, my level of independence would be significantly 
hampered," said
        Weaver, who also serves on the city's Transit Advisory Committee.
        Even though he's pleased to see more sidewalks in the works, Weaver is 
        all of the sidewalks needed for the massive decentralized bus system 
will not be
        done anytime soon. The city has $15 million carved out of its budget 
for sidewalk
        improvements related to Nova2010. But there's $37 million worth of 
need, which is
        roughly 25 miles of sidewalks, said Gabriel Menendez, the city's public 
works director.
        As a result, the city has to prioritize which sidewalks get done. Forty 
one segments
        in varied lengths, equal to $8 million of construction costs, are on 
land where the
        city has right-of-way. But 30 other segments needed for Nova2010 are 
not owned by
        the city. Menendez said it would cost an estimated $29 million obtain 
the needed
        "We are going to be woefully short on sidewalks," Menendez said. "We 
are doing everything
        we can to make the process work."
        It is also why we can travelers can't make more abundant use of the 
chirping signals they have been installing!

        It is fool's play to go out and chance it though, i'm sure many of us 
often, would like to give it a shot from time to time.

        That shot couldor could not work in random instances!

        When will this constant threat to our lives end man?

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