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

  • From: "Charles Atkins" <catkins@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:20:07 -0500

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 

  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 
  well as he does.
  With StarMetro's new Nova2010 bus system slated to launch this summer, city 
  are tackling the tough job of correcting safety issues with sidewalks and 
  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 
  done anytime soon. The city has $15 million carved out of its budget for 
  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 
  As a result, the city has to prioritize which sidewalks get done. Forty one 
  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 
  "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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