Nickie Coby (puppybraille) wrote,
Nickie Coby
puppybraille

A Letter I Can't Really Send

Dear Local City Planners,

I just wanted to write and explain how your recent decisions on how to change our town will affect those of us with disabilities. I'm sure you have good reasons to add these round-abouts, but I want to tell you what that will do.

For two years, I've walked the route from the junior high to Kodiak because it is the only route that is safe enough for me to walk with a cane or guide dog. That route is one of the easiest ways for me to give my guide dog Julio a chance to work while I am on break from school. Your decision to use round-abouts at 4th and Broadway and Lake and Broadway makes this impossible. Neither of us were taught to use round-abouts because they are not safe. While I will call an instructor from my school and ask, I doubt very seriously they will be able to help in this situation.

My independence is something I treasure. I do not have access to a car. I am required to ask someone to drive me when I am not at college. The route I explained above is one of the few chances I have to simulate independence and give Julio a chance to use his skills while we are home.

I hope, in the future, we could have healthy dialogue and that you will consider the needs of pedestrians in your future plans.

Sincerely,
Nickie
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