by eila in Accessibility, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Transportation
Posted on September 6, 2009 at 10:45 pm
Last Modified on September 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm
My long-lived friends keep telling me stories about pedestrian accidents in Davis Square. Fractured a jaw. Twisted knees. Fractured elbow, shoulder, wrists. Slipped and broke an ankle, on crutches for 5 months, still don’t feel safe walking. Couldn’t even drive for 5 months. Davis Square bricks.
Yep, reported it, tried to. Told the Aldermen. Told them again. They never listen. They just talk bullshit , babytalk. Joe shows up once a year. Takes a picture. They all act like they’ll get right on it. Say they’ll see what they can do. Can’t they do anything? We know they don’t care-
But come election season…
So, here comes election season. Here’s documentation-not the worst of the worst, just a 5 block sampling. Pedestrians are not falling in Davis Square because they’re clumsy, weak, blind, preoccupied. These sidewalks, curb cuts and crosswalks were simply not built to code. The contractors got paid just fine, and we’re still dealing with their sloppy work.
According to Federal and State building code, architectural access code, and road safety regulations:
- the rise/run of the curbcut should not exceed 1:12, or 8.3%.
- The cross-slopes of all sidewalks and pedestrian paths, including the curbcuts, should not exceed 2%.
- The pedestrian routes should be consistently level, smooth, and slip-resistant.
- Crosswalks should always come with curbcuts at both ends.
Here we are going into the Square from the Grove Street bus stop, 15.6% rise:
We cross to the designated pedestrian intersection, maybe laugh at the “Somerville Saving Lives” sign, 15.2%:
Proceeding up Grove to Elm, warping, crazy cross-slopes, hazards:
From Kenney Park side, same deal:
Here, we’re at the Elm/Grove intersection, 12.1%:
Turn right, and you’re on Elm. The Goodwill Store is across the street. This side of Elm in front of Christo’s, it’s a 13.9% slope:
Don’t cross that crosswalk if you’re a wheelchair user, bad vision, using a walker, carrying a precious one. Take care and watch the ground if you’ve got an armload of stuff. It’s a real fliptrip, here at Elm and Bowers:
Going in the direction of Cutter Square?:
Here’s the crosswalk, where my friend fractured her shoulder, 10.5% rise slope, heaving bricks, not flush, level or smooth:
Here’s the crosswalk where another friend sprained her ankle:
Other side of Chester and Elm crosswalk at Diva:
Crosswalk to the Burren begins with a 9.9% rise slope and a 3.7% cross-slope. Across the street is an 11.6% slope rise to the sidewalk.
And here’s the crossing to the busstop. Don’t ever run to that bus. You might get killed, just trying to be on time.
These streets ain’t made for walkin’. Who cares?
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