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Crossing Kingshighway

December 18, 2012 Accessibility, Featured, South City, Walkability 3 Comments

In June I did a post about being unable to active a pedestrian signal at Kingshighway & Devonshire (see Pedestrian Signal Activation Button Beyond Reach).  That button got relocated after I pointed out the absurd location. Last week I used the next crossing to the north, at  Kingshighway & Sutherland.  Yes, you guessed it, another pedestrian button not reachable from the sidewalk.

ABOVE: Why bother putting a button at all if it can't be reached?
ABOVE: Why bother putting a button at all if it can’t be reached?
ABvOVE: A woman waited on the other side of Kingshighway also waiting for the walk signal to come on.
ABvOVE: A woman waited on the other side of Kingshighway also waiting for the walk signal to come on.

I eventually wheeled into the grass to press the button because it didn’t seem like it would change without doing so. Even after pressing the button it took many minutes to give the  ok to cross the street.

A week earlier I spotted another problem button from the #11 (Chippewa) MetroBus.

ABOVE: The 2nd button to cross Chippewa is located in an impossible to reach location.
ABOVE: The 2nd button to cross Chippewa is located in an impossible to reach location.

The Chippewa button I emailed in to the Streets Dept while I was still on the bus. I’m notifying the city of the problem at Sutherland via this post. To be fair, many intersections are great for pedestrians.But we tend not to remember that which works like it should, we remember those that give us fits.

Eventually I hope to gather volunteers and do a pedestrian audit of an area — signals, crosswalks, ramps, etc.  In the meantime I’ll catch them one at a time as I go about my daily life in various parts of St. Louis.

— Steve Patterson

 

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. JZ71 says:

    These examples are difficult or impossible to activate for people with certain disabilities. For more-able-bodied pedestrians, the obstacles are significantly smaller, but still can be aggravating. But what I find most confusing, around here, is at intersections with more than one button, which street is each one for? Most other cities have signs with arrows, pointing toward the direction each one controls . . . .

     
  2. TSnut says:

    Why wouldn’t the City inspect what they are paying for before the contractor gets paid? JZ71, the signs are supposed to have an arrow pointing which direction. They are to be provided with right or left arrows. Again, the City lets contractors get buy with shoddy work or lets the design engineers produce incorrect plans that the contractors follow blindly without consideration of the practical use of the signal. Same with the timing of the crosswalk . . . how long does it take the average person to walk or wheel across? Is this taken into consideration (especially on wide streets like Kingshighway at Forest Park Pkwy or Tucker.

     
  3. Scott Jones says:

    This has “good enough” and “not my problem” written all over it. Pathetic…

     

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