Wheelchair Curb Cuts should be located at crosswalks, and not in the middle of the block on high speed multiple lane roads.
Since 2007 this abuse of the ADA has directly resulted in 1,557 deaths killing many women and children.
Click on the Fake Crosswalks Link to read about Mothers with Baby Strollers (Jessica and Lillia), elderly women using walkers (Isabel), and school children (Alexis). They were all killed while attempting to cross Unmarked / Uncontrolled Mid-Block Crosswalks (misplaced Wheelchair Curb Cuts).
"If you see something, say something!"
The Sidewalk Obstructions Link shows how the FDOT misrepresents the ADA to justify placing Light Posts in the middle of sidewalks rather than in the Utility Strip. This is ADA Fraud.
Every year Nationwide about twice as many Male Pedestrians are killed than Female Pedestrians. Why are there so many Females being killed in Florida's Mid-Block Crosswalks?
A September 2018 Study in the Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering shows that Males actually take more attempts to cross unmarked, uncontrolled mid-block crosswalks. However, more Females are killed because Females cross slower than Males.
(4,500 Mid-Block Crosswalk Deaths since 2000)
(1,557 Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalk Deaths since 2007)
There should be a Congressional Investigation concerning Pedestrians who have been killed attempting to cross Mid-Block Crosswalks that are in violation of Federal Safety Standards.
The ONLY components of an Unmarked / Uncontrolled Mid-Block Crosswalk are Wheelchair Curb Cuts. This is a Deadly Abuse of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Click on the Photos Link to view
photos how the sidewalk has been obstructed,
and see Google Street Views of the 12
"Pedestrian Safety Islands" recently
installed on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota,
Florida. This misplacement of Light
Posts and Wheelchair Curb Cuts violates
Federal Safety Standards.
If you agree with this evidence of ADA Fraud, then please file a complaint. Tell these Government Officials that they are misrepresenting the Americans With Disabilities Act. Utility Poles belong in the Utility Strip, not in the Pedestrian Right of Way. Wheelchair Curb Cuts belong at Intersections, not in the middle of the block.
1. ADA Fraud (misrepresenting the ADA to justify violating long established Federal Safety Standards)
2. Violation of FHWA Clear Zone Standards (see item 6). (Placing Utilities in the Pedestrian Right of Way
3. Violation of FHWA Above Ground Utility Structure Placement Standards.
4. Violation of Marked vs Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalk Safety Standards (installing Deadly Wheelchair Curb Cuts Mid-Block)
5. Violation of the False Claims Act. (Falsely claiming that Utilities should be located in the Pedestrian Right of Way and that Wheelchair Curb Cuts should be located Unmarked Mid-Block.)
6. Violation of the Architectural Barrier Act of 1968. (Obstructing the Pedestrian Right of Way in front of the Veterans Medical Clinic.)
The Smart Growth America, Dangerous By Design 2019 Report ranked the 104 largest U.S. metro areas according to a “Pedestrian Danger Index,” 9 of the top 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas were in Florida. A September 25th, 2018 Wall Street Journal Article shows how Florida is also by far the deadliest State for Cyclist.
Jeff Speck, City Planner and Author of Walkable City... said; "the reason why the deadliest state to be a pedestrian is in Florida is because more city streets in Florida belong to the state than in probably any other state. ... When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail, and when you're a state highway engineer, everything looks like a highway — even if it's a local main street for shopping."
Find the names of others who have been killed.
Expose the truth.
(Utility Posts belong in the Utility Strip not in the middle of the sidewalk.)
(Wheelchair Curb Cuts belong at Intersections, not on the sides of busy high speed roads.)
"If you see something, say something" - unknown
Help with Social Media. Organize Protest Rides or Sidewalk Protests.
Between 2000 and 2010, there were 1,792 Public Officials convicted of Public Corruption, and that was just in Florida.
Perhaps Government Officials will not reply or even visit this website because of the Sunshine Law and it would be part of the Public If they had nothing to hide, then they could reply.