When sidewalks were invented there was much back and forth about how wide they should be? Wide enough for one? No won’t work ,wide enough for two? Maybe close but no cigar, wide enough for say a mother with an old Victorian stroller with the wide wheels and the bustles of her skirts ? Perfect.
Well it’s 2014 although quite beautiful, Old Victorian strollers have been relegated to the antique store as they are considered dangerous and although some have replaced the width of a bustle with just their butts lol (sorry it had to be said) Bustles have gone the way of the mullet.
But we have over 60,000 wheelchair users on the island of Manhattan alone and every morning during weekdays over 8,000,000 people come and go for work each day.
So the average side walk to allow for pedestrians, ups guys with trolleys wheelchairs are on average 6 ft wide, And that is barely enough .
With the government realizing the necessary minimum width, why is It that as long as they clear only the width of a 12 inch shovel or even a 24 inch shovel do we say GREAT JOB the minimum width of a standard adult wheelchair is 24inches the average 28-30 the same with walkers and yet since this storm started no where have I been able to safely roll because there is barely a foot cleared on any side walk.
So you say they do a great job on the roads? Sure if you drive but where do you think the snow piles up? Well it piles up blocking the down ramp from the side walk so wheelchairs, the elderly with walking frames and mothers with strollers can’t use the crossing.
Why is their their no oversight? We say people need work well during winter pay casual employees to follow the snow ploughs and clear the ramps to move the snow even cart it away. We have a right to live,to move, to earn a living to leave our homes yet their seems to be a pervasive attitude amongst mayoral and state administrations that as long as the abelist and car driving communities are happy as we say back home in Australia “SHE’LL BE RIGHT MATE”
It’s bad enough that for the entire year the subways idea of accessibility is about as good as Sarah palin in a Mensa meeting, but why is it there is an acceptance that we should be housebound for an entire quarter of the year.
Well MR Deblasio I challenge you to use a wheelchair around Manhattan for a day during a snow storm in fact try living in one for a day any day of the year.
Until the administrations of the united states can roll a day in our wheels we will never have equality.
YOUR IGNORANCE IS THE FUEL OF OUR REBELLION