Sidewalks for people? I Think I’ll Score This- Susan Morrison
If you think all cities are within walking distance, may I introduce you to Los Angeles? A few years ago we went on vacation to Southern California in an RV. The first survival skill we learned was pretty much how to cross the road. Fast.
Even fairly ordinary California suburban roads are the width of the M8, only with crosswalks. They have little green men, just like ours, although in California it is probably more accurate to say “little green person.” Either way, when that light is green you immediately go for the launch, as this dude is moving fast and turning red faster than the Great Junction Street intersection.
We quickly learned to pass slow retirees as human shields on either side, like cowboys escorting the wagon train. Better yet, make sure they wear veterans caps. These guys could have stopped Smokey and The Bandit in their tracks.
Sidewalks just didn’t exist in some areas of the city, and we were once kindly questioned by two police officers who just wanted to know “why were we walking?” “.
The Covid booster vaccine and the flu mission didn’t quite have military precision …
So yes for a city where you can stagger, walk and stroll. There is room for people. Oh wait, I’ve heard that before. Ah yes, the council’s âPeople’s Spacesâ plan, which is apparently now one of those ideas that the council puts in a dark closet and claims not to have happened.
Good, because I never knew exactly who the spaces were intended for. Here in Leith, as in other parts of the city, the sidewalk has been widened across the road. This brought the pedestrians closer to the traffic.
It was a great way to rediscover forgotten memories if you were walking around there when a demented demonic delivery driver rushed past because your life really paraded before your eyes.
Wheelchair users had to deal with sidewalks.
The young mothers were a little nervous. Their strollers were close to traffic, whether they were rolling or idling, spitting out a delicious cocktail of airborne chemicals right at baby’s nose.
I know, I’ve talked about this before, but if we really want to make our sidewalks for people, let’s start by making sure you can actually walk on them. I know the city hall budget is tighter than a pair of size 10 jeans on the back, but can we at least start fixing the wobbly flagstones, broken flagstones and potholes that trap people? ?
Can we just think of the outdoor seating? God knows, I too have embraced beer garden culture, but it narrows the lanes and can make getting around difficult for people who need wheels. And if you don’t need wheels, and I’m looking at you, cyclists and drivers of the new threat, the scooter, get off the curb and hit the road.
Pavements for people. Jings, I think I’ll score this. Maybe a new slogan.