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

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:26:47 -0500

Good thinking Charles.
I wonder if they could at least let people know which stops did not have
sidewalks leading away from them in which directions?  that way, people
would only stay at home if they needed that stop, and to go in a particular
way where they knew there was no sidewalk.
what about it William, could you get them to come up with a textual
descriptive document on stops without all expected sidewalks?


From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Charles Atkins
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:20 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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  <mailto:Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 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 as
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 be
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 director.
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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