Shoot, Ready, Aim

I’m a big fan of curb extensions, for their benefits to pedestrians, cyclists and (sometimes) parking. So I’m delighted that several are being added to NW 21st Avenue as part of the bikeways and pedestrian safety programs.

But I was aghast last Friday to see that some genius had decided to construct the extensions at Flanders St. on both sides of 21st Ave at the same time. There was NO WAY for a pedestrian to go north or south on the avenue unless they wanted to ignore the barriers and tromp through the mud.

I stepped (carefully) out into the street. But what is an elderly or disabled person supposed to do? Backtrack and go east or west a full block?

What is PDOT thinking?

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