That’s right – curb cuts. You know – the modifications to sidewalks to make it easier to get from the sidewalk, down the curb, across the street and back up on the sidewalk? When nicely done, they look like this:
It looks like Wallingford is getting a few more, on Thackery Ave N and NE 44th. (Actually – these are ADA ramps – but everyone calls them curb cuts!)
I used to think they were for folks with mobility challenges, but now think they are for everybody else, too. (Big thank you to the folks that worked so hard to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act). I mean – it’s great that folks in a wheelchair have better access, but it’s also great for:
- Stroller pushers
- People on crutches
- Pet walkers
- Toddlers taking a neighborhood stroll
Adding a curb cut makes access easier for everybody!