Try to cross 72nd East and Portland Avenue in a wheelchair. I dare you.
I use a motorized scooter, and I thought I would be safe to cross at the intersection to go from the Kmart to the Safeway store. I waited at the corner for the walk light. Then I tried to cross. Four cars turned left in front of me. I had no chance to cross, and by then the walk sign had changed. I couldn’t believe it.
I waited for the next walk sign and lucky for me a van was going across the street which gave me time to go. When I got out of Safeway I realized it was much safer to whip across the middle of the block in between traffic than to use the crosswalk.
I have since talked to other wheelchair riders, and they agree that is the way to get across that street. What a shame to have to put ourselves at such a risk just because of some drivers who don’t pay attention to pedestrians. I watched again the other day as a man in a wheelchair got halfway across and a car pulled out right in front of him and made a left turn as he waited for it to pass.
There are lot of people in this area from the nursing home on Portland Avenue and DSHS office that need people to wise up and pay attention before somebody gets hurt or killed. Please, people, give us a break.