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

  • From: "Darla J. Rogers" <djrogers0628@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 14:20:31 -0500

Dear William,

Believe me, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all your efforts to make 
Tallahassee a more pedestrian-friendly place; I don't know if we could find 
this information on our own or not.

Darla


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: blindwilly 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2011 8:32 AM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction 
for Nova2010


  Darla,

  As I said too,   Every city and state have their own local laws, and I am not 
sure in this case.   I can ask, but on a matter like this I usually get the 
run-around.

  William



    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Darla J. Rogers 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 4:49 PM
    Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk construction 
for Nova2010


    Dear William,

    I understand that; I was asking if this is so in Tallahassee?  It seems to 
be, as some buildings on Bradford Road, have been doing some major 
improvements, and sidewalks are being added.

    Meridian Road, is technically, from what we have been told, a state 
highway, so that is one of the areas that won't be seeing sidewalks soon, and 
that isn't the city's fault, but I am hoping some grants will be available to 
help the city out, as it works to correct some long-standing access issues.

    Darla


      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: blindwilly 
      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 4:26 PM
      Subject: [tabi] Re: article for tomorrow's Democrat: Sidewalk 
construction for Nova2010


      Darla,

      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 me.

      William



        ----- 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.

        Darla


          ----- 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


          Charles,

          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.

          Willy



            ----- 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 disappointed
              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
              right-of-way.
              "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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