The Curse of the Dropped Kerb

I have a thing about dropped kerbs. Introduced to allow the easy passage of wheelchairs from pavement to road (and also allowing the partially sighted to identify crossing points thanks to the bubbled surface of the approach) I hate them.

While improving the safety of disabled people they impair that of the normally ambulant, particularly if they (we) are walking along the length of the footpath.  If you don’t look where you are going you suddenly find an irregular dip which throws you off balance and twists your ankle. I have lost count of the number of times this has happened to me, and on one occasion I even fell into the road.

So, health and safety experts – which matters more? Safe access for a small number of wheelchair users or safe passage for 97% of the population?  Are not these things a safety oxymoron?


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