Sidewalk to Nowhere: Example #I’veLostCount
Views from the Street
NE corner of Silver Lake and Barnes
This image of a disconnected sidewalk sent in by MyWHaT reader Mike Coco. Thanks Mike. He included the following commentary:
“This intersection was recently improved with added sidewalks, ramps, crossing lights for the new entrance to West Jr. High. I noticed today while watching a biker cross this intersection that this new ramp/sidewalk stops just feet short of connecting to an existing path (which I suspect was put in by the developer of the adjacent Copper Ridge). Why does it stop short? Why doesn’t it connect to the existing path? We’re talking about 2 or 3 feet of concrete…..my guess is that connecting them would not comply with existing rules/regulations, not because it cost more ($100???).“
If we, meaning our road agencies, prioritized pedestrians like they do the use of automobiles, disconnects like this wouldn’t happen.
Please, someone show me where a road demonstrates this much disregard for its users? For example, what would be the response if in the above image the space from the stop bar to the crosswalk was left as gravel. —->
Editor’s Note: If your interested in an archive of images showing incomplete streets, visit the Michigan Complete Streets Flickr group. There are images from all over Michigan, but recently the MyWHaT photography staff has dominated the uploads, so northern Michigan is well represented. If you have an image you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to send an email or post it on the MyWHaT Facebook wall.