The concept of a curb cut is elegant in its simplicity — it’s just a small ramp inserted at street corners or other logical places to allow wheelchair users, parents with strollers and other people who use wheels the ability to cross the street. Yet, for some reason, sometimes this simple elegant concept gets bungled.
1. Here we have a ramp that’s clearly marked for use by wheelchair users — but it leads to a wall.
2. There’s just no way this ramp was ever level with the street, that curb looks like it’s been there for years. And even if it was flush with the street, check it out — it leads to a caster-catching grate.
3. Perhaps we’ll come back in the springtime for this one. But we have to wonder. Why bother shoveling the sidewalk if people must push through ice and snow to get to it?
4. We call this the “something’s come between us” ramp.
5. Granted, a cut that leads to grass is better than no cut at all. Still, a sidewalk would be nice.
6. Bicyclists and wheelchair users often share trails. For both groups, this may be an abrupt ending to an otherwise pleasant Saturday morning workout.
7. And here we have a beautifully sloped ramp that is perfectly flush with the street. Too bad about the car parked right smack in front of it.
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