Monday, May 24, 2010
Georgia on My Mind
The Georgia Avenue Corridor is one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in Montgomery County, and Maryland. SHA and MCDPS should be ashamed! Here are more examples of how poor planning and neglect get people hurt and killed!
This afternoon Will and I set out for the Silver Spring Metro Station and Wheaton Plaza. We walked down Georgia Avenue, along the east side from Sligo to Wayne. Once again, in front of the former Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Station, contractor vehicles force pedestrians into the street. Both going and coming, Will and I had to maneuver around this BIG FRIGGIN’ truck parked across the sidewalk.
Onthe way back I actually had to play peek-a-boo – as you can barely see in these photos. DANGEROUS. Do I call the police here or what? Somebody please tell me how to end this practice, once and for all!
People keep parking completely across the sidewalk at the new restaurant Pacci’s as well. I spoke with the owner, who told me that he would let the staff know not to park over the sidewalk, but it keeps happening. Pedestrians have to walk in the service lane to get by, and a person in a wheelchair would have a lot of trouble here. You can never be quite sure if this stretch along Georgia Avenue will ne passable or not. Throw in the construction of new ramps at Wayne, and you have a harrowing trip at least, if you are using the sidewalks.
Fenton Street is not a good alternate route. The crazy decorative brick and aluminum fences and ankle-busting tree boxes mean that this route is every bit as treacherous as the other. Maybe I should just call a taxi at get a ride to Metro!
Anyone in a wheelchair is basically prohibited from travelling down Georgia Avenue. A person with a guide dog would have an interesting time figuring this out. Imagine trying to use a cane here!
Further-up Georgia – in Wheaton – we found things maybe even a little worse. You can’t see the RIDICULOUS situation from these photos, but it is DANGEROUS. An accident waiting to happen. I can’t believe how bad it is. WHO THOUGHT THIS UP?! I need time to process it, back to you with more later.
SOMEONE AT SHA SHOULD LOOK AT THE INTERSECTION OF VIER’S MILL RD AND GEORGIA AVENUE BEFORE SOMEONE GETS KILLED.