LETTER: Bump-outs badly designed for disabled and elderly
The following is an open letter to the mayor and council.
Recently the Town of Osoyoos added bump-outs on Main Street with the intention of making pedestrians more visible to traffic at crosswalks. However, their design neglected to consider the safety of disabled persons using a wheelchair or walker.
When a disabled person removes himself or herself from a vehicle, they must do so by entering into the flow of traffic prior to accessing the sidewalk, as there is no ramp in the disabled stall.
With the rapidly aging population within Canada and within our own community, there is a strong concern for the disabled access I am referring to.
I believe this design is possibly beyond the scope of our town council, and therefore they hired an outside source to design the bump-outs. It is my opinion that council wasted their money because these bump-outs were designed without considering the disabled and elderly residents that reside in or visit the community of Osoyoos.
It is my request that the mayor and council rectify this mistake by designing a ramp for the disabled that allows an exit from a vehicle that is away from the flow of traffic.