by Tim Athan
Q: Whatís the deal with the narrow sidewalk outside of Hillerís at Arborland? Two people canít walk side by side thereóhow is a handicapped person going to manage? Isnít there an ordinance about width of sidewalks?
A: The city does regulate sidewalks but only on public property.†State and federal rules on commercial property require wheelchair access from parking to stores. There is barrier-free access to Hillerís from the parking lot without using the narrow sidewalk.
The city recently adopted a comprehensive Non-Motorized Transportation Plan that promotes pedestrian-oriented design.†It may lead the city to encourage developers to provide better pedestrian amenities on private property.
Q: On the east side of South Main Street just south of the Scio Church intersection and just north of the Buschís corner at Ann Arbor Saline Road†there is a yellow diamond-shaped road sign that says:
Any idea on what this means, and why the city needed to put a sign there? Itís bothered me for years.
A: The sign is on the property of an Ann Arbor couple who were amused to see a similar sign when they visited the Berkshires. The State of Massachusetts posts these signs to indicate areas where houses or other buildings are, on average, less than 200 feet apart.†A Massachusetts friend gave the couple this one as a fiftieth anniversary present.
[Originally published in June, 2009.]
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