Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pedestrian Obstacles

September 2017
Since my knee surgery, I've been walking in the surrounding neighborhood(s), and I've found a number of camper trailers blocking most of the sidewalk which makes walking difficult.  Pedestrians are forced to walk on the lawns or over rocky and uneven ground, which for my recovering knee can be challenging. Sometimes it's easier to just walk in the street: not an entirely safe solution.

I know the campers are parked this way to make them level. Unfortunately, this is not a temporary situation as the trailers tend to remain in this position for weeks at a time. To add another level of frustration, most of the campers have electrical cords leading to the house or garage, causing an additional hazard.

One of the biggest complaints I have about my community is that it is not very pedestrian friendly.

Does your community have safe places to walk?


13 comments:

  1. Yikes! Be Careful!! No one around us parks campers on the street - they are always in driveways or even on lawns. We also don't have sidewalks in our neighborhood, so everyone walks in the street. fortunately we are not on a very busy road.

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  2. Our community actually has laws about parking campers, boats, trailers, etc. They can only be parked on residential streets like that for a week at a time.

    There are good sidewalks and walking paths in most parts of town but in some newer areas, there are no sidewalks so the street is the only choice.

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  3. How frustrating and rude-sorry. Most people just don't think outside of their own needs! There are no sidewalks where I live-it is too far out in the country! We go to parks to walk if we want to go off of our own property!

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  4. My community has a HOA and this would not be allowed.

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  5. Our neighborhood has no sidewalks, but usually not too much traffic, so we walk often. It is strange that they are allowed to park like that, and I think they would get a ticket here. I am so proud of you...getting out and doing your mobility. It is truly the key to success with joint replacements, yet lots of people just do not do it.

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  6. That must be difficult Nancy. We are out in the woods now, so no issues here in the immediate area. We have a 21 mile path around the lake, but it is really varied in terms of upkeep. Some parts very easy to maneuve, some quite difficult.

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  7. On the plus side, Philadelphia is quite walkable.
    On the minus side, there's construction everywhere, so getting from Point A to Point B is not as smooth as it should be.

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  8. I think where we are is pretty good but as someone who has never driven a car I have always tended to think that motorists, in general, have little respect for the humble pedestrian - might over right.
    I lived in Sydney for many years and disrespect for pedestrians (by motorists) and uneven footpaths were always a challenge.
    I think it is one thing to park your trailer on the street and be blocking the footpath but another to be running power cords to supply point. Highly dangerous I would think.

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  9. I agree with you about the walking on uneven ground. Since both my knees have been replaced I'm not that good on anything but a flat surface. We don't have sidewalks in my area so you have to walk in the street but most of the neighborhood keeps an eye out for walkers and those with dogs. My daughters neighborhood won't let you park anything on the street you have to lodge your trailers and boats somewhere else. Hugs,

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  10. San Francisco is a walking town. That being said, we have a problem with our sidewalks. The urban grime. The homeless that have tents pitched in rotating areas (my neighborhood is one) and of course, people leave things out for other people to take. Trash is not free furniture though, I wish some people would distinguish a bit better.

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  11. We have the STRANGEST sidewalks. They are concrete octagons which make the footing very unstable, especially for runners (and g-d bless the poor babies in strollers)! Drivers do NOT consider pedestrians and since the hurricane our corner light has been out. You take your LIFE in your hands to cross the street. So ----- no! Not very friendly to walkers and even LESS so to bikers.

    You might try calling your code enforcement department of your town. It is probably against code to park that way.

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  12. Sidewalks are fine but streets are narrow. So when work men park their trucks on the street it is a mess getting out of the driveway. But basically no problem when the streets are clear.

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  13. Have you notified the town officials about this? We have a ordinance against this parking RVs on the street and in your driveway for any length of time.

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