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12:47 pm: Ah, Bureaucrats

While skating today, I noticed that they had opened a new parking lot that will soon replace the lot where we now park to get access to the W&O (an old railroad that has been paved and turned into a bike trail.) It looked good. There are a number of logistic problems with the old lot that this one lacked, plus it will make it easier to drop by the sandwich shop where I occasionally go for lunch.

As I poked around, I noticed three handicapped spots. This struck me as funny. The parking lot serves nothing except the W&O. Now, thanks to the wonders of modern community planning, handicapped folks will have to travel 50 feet less before they can reach the trail where they will walk, run, bike, or skate.

(Actually, it could be an issue. If a person has a device that allowed them to exercise despite a handicap but was, say, low to the ground, it could be important that they did not have to cross the parking lot. But it still amuses me.)

Then, a hundred feet or so beyond that was a sign that read: Caution Abutting Trails.

Who wrote this?

I speak English pretty well and it took me a while to even figure out what it was supposed to mean. Quite a few of the other people I meet on the trail don’t speak English so well. Surely, there must be a less obtuse way to say this.


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Date:September 9th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Some wheelchairs are pretty darned sporty. Good for them! And I can well believe some idiot would mow through a parking lot w/o noticing the people on a lower level.

As far as the other, how about a nice pictogram with "caution: trails intersect"
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Date:September 10th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
Our city agreed on a sales tax to replace our old, leaking swimming pool, and we built a very nice facility for the community. Our city is now being sued by a man with Parkinson's, because our large slide doesn't have an elevator for handicapped people to have access to the top of the slide. Frankly, I would be concerned that if he can't keep his balance on the stairs that he would be battered senseless on the slide. I'm all for making as much accessible for those who are handicapped as possible, but there comes a point where it can be a senseless expenditure. I am handicapped with my legs, and I have to accept there are some things I can't do, and I certainly don't expect overreaching efforts to be made on my account for things that aren't necessities. I appreciate closer parking spaces when my legs aren't working well, but I certainly wouldn't expect the citizens of my community to spend their hard-earned dollars to indulge my desire to ride down a slide when that money could do so much more for our schools, the elderly, or the youth of our city.
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