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Petitioning for a Sidewalk

  1. Apr 19, 2014 #1
    I live in a city where, unfortunately, most of the commerce is along an outer road of the highway - that does not have a sidewalk.

    The City itself probably wouldn't mind a sidewalk, but, the transportation department controls the outer road.

    People have been killed, repeatedly, going down this road on foot. It is a serious disabled access issue... I am an able-bodied cyclist, and even though the speed limit is only 40 m.p.h. I think cycling along the shoulder is next to insane, and I know some people who can't drive, that have to assume mortal danger every time they want to go to work.

    It also degrades quality of life in the city, because it limits transportation options - commuting by car is the only choice that doesn't leave an aftertaste of mortality in your mouth, if traffic is doing anything.

    This wouldn't be such an issue, but virtually all of the cities large employers are down this road. To make matters worse, it's a tourist conduit.

    So, how does one petition for a sidewalk? I was literally going to start a petition, but I don't even know who to give the signatures to....
     
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  3. Apr 19, 2014 #2

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    First, bicycles aren't always legally allowed on sidewalks, they are illegal where I live.

    http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2013/08/legal-to-ride-a-bike-on-sidewalk.html

    You can approach your city council about sidewalks, but it still may not be legal to ride bikes on those sidewalks.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2014 #3
    It's really not all about the bike, but I do appreciate the response.

    Thank you for this artical - laws do vary wildly.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2014 #4

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    I agree with Evo - your City Council is a good place to check.

    Also, see if your city has a Planning Commission. Infrastructure is their thing! And they don't have the political pressures on them that City Councils often do. Go to a few of their meetings and share your concerns, they may be more open to citizen input.

    Disclosure: my step father has been active on Planning Commissions all his career - I know he was strongly affected by citizens who would take the time to speak at meetings :smile:.
     
  6. Apr 21, 2014 #5

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    I just wanted to throw in my support for the general principle of more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly urban design. I find in general that the current "box store outlet" malls that are designed around cars are horribly difficult to navigate as either a pedestrian or a cyclist.

    Another avenue to pusue (in addition to talking with your elected city council members) is to talk to someone at a local bicycle shop or cycling club. There may already be such initiatives in place that they would be aware of and rather than re-inventing the wheel, you might get more bank for your buck by supporting something that's already happening.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2014 #6
    Hmm, I would like to search public accident records in order to use that information to cite safety concerns along that road - ie, I am trying to look up the cases where people have been struck and killed along this road.

    However, I cannot find a way to search public accidents.

    Does anyone know how to do this?
     
  8. Apr 25, 2014 #7

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    If it's a small city street, it probably won't be available online. You may have to physically go to your local Transportation Department. I'd start by making some phone calls, if I were you.
     
  9. Apr 26, 2014 #8

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