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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I'm walkin'

A Northgate Mall security guard walks to his job on the Duke St. bridge over I-85, Sunday morning 4/29.

NCDOT has seen fit to provide a single sidewalk on this overpass, directly on the other side of the median from where this gentleman is walking. Following the sidewalk would add about 250 yards to this man's walk to work, which probably explains why he's risking his safety walking in a traffic zone, with his back to traffic, to get to work.

NCDOT officials insist that the sidewalk they've installed on the Duke St. bridge is safe.

Maybe it's safe, but it sure as hell isn't inviting. This is the center of the intersection where the sidewalk begins/ends, just on the north side of the bridge. How'd you like to get your wheelchair or baby stroller across this mess?

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  • The NCDOT does not consider walking an actual means of transportation, and they go out of their way to prove it.

    What really kills me is the area around Brier Creek--lots of mixed-use development with residential very close to retail, but may the force be with anyone who actually tries to walk from their home to any of the stores. there's a million lanes of traffic and no way for a pedestrian to safely navigate through it.

    By Blogger Lisa B., at 10:07 AM  

  • Slightly OT: I recently noticed that the city (or someone) repainted the lanes on the Washington St. Bridge: they got rid of a lane or two, but added bike lanes on both sides.

    By Blogger Joe, at 10:34 AM  

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