Perils for Pedestrians

TV talk about people who walk

Perils for Pedestrians Episode 172

Topics in Episode 172:

  • Dobbs Ferry, New York, is losing pedestrian access to development.

  • A lawyer explains Sovereign Immunity, Tort, Duty, Notice, and their relation to sidewalk defects.

  • An elderly woman in Oswego, New York, makes an inventory of sidewalk defects.

  • A pedestrian in New York City is concerned about bicyclists that don't follow the rules.

  • We look at sexual harassment of pedestrians in New York City.

Cracked sidewalk in Oswego.

Cracked sidewalks are common in downtown Oswego, NY. Some cities repair sidewalks only when they receive complaints. Cities should have GIS systems to inventory their infrastructure and plan their maintenance. Some cities have interns or staff walk their sidewalks on an annual basis to assess defects and log them with GPS units. Such inventories help cities to have safer sidewalks and get the most out of their maintenance dollars.