Problems With Sidewalks and Speedbumps at The Cloister


Sometimes decisions are taken without considering some consequences.

1. Our sidewalks are not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. When I returned from a long stay at a hospital I tried to roll on the Cloister sidewalks using my electric-drive wheelchair until a driveway flare caused me to lose control and crash into a neighbors flower bed.

Driveway crossings without landings confront wheelchair users with severe and rapidly changing cross-slopes at the driveway flare.

Americans with Disability Act declares Cloister sidewalks unsafe

Americans with Disability Act declares Cloister sidewalks unsafe

2. My accident on the sidewalk forced me to ride on the streets of The Cloister. My problems with the Cloister streets are where speed bumps extend completely across the street, from curb to curb posing a danger to walkers, bicyclers, and wheelchair users.

Where can I find the ADA compliant height of speed bumps ?

Impassible speed bumps are unsafe for the still wheelchair mobile handicapped resident

Impassible speed bumps are unsafe for the still wheelchair mobile handicapped resident

Speed bumps can’t be used on an ADA accessible route. Speed humps could be, but it would be better to just use them in the roadway, and provide an accessible bump free sidewalk.

Anything over 1/2″ high has to be ramped very gently. To be ADA compliant, a 4″ high speed hump would need a four foot wide up-slope, a five foot landing on top, then a four foot wide down-slope.

3. Some residents are in that middle ground between complete mobility and being completely house bound. I am one of them. After long, hard therapy I am able to get around again using an electric drive wheelchair. I can maneuver outdoors to visit neighbors, go to the clubhouse, enjoy the bird sanctuaries on the back lot and even take the path, initially put in  when The Cloister was first developed, that leads directly down to St Henry Church.

Shall we wait until this happens?

Shall we wait until this happens?

But…….I already had one crash because of the driveway flares built-into all the Cloister sidewalks and almost lose control every time while attempting to ride over the several speed bumps on the Cloister streets which completely cross the street from curb to curb. And now the association board wants to add even more of these dangerous speed bumps.  A curbside opening between the curb and the beginning of the speed bump would allow a wheelchair, bicycle or even a walker to walk the streets without the danger of falling.

The HOA Board members should reconsider their dangerous decision.Danger Sign

  1. Do not extend existing speed bumps curb to curb.
  2. Do not add more curb to curb speed bumps
  3. Remove a section of existing curb to curb speed bumps to allow a wheelchair, bicycle or pedestrian and dog walkers to safely travel on a  Cloister street since we are forced to the streets with sidewalks that are not passable because of danger from the driveway flares on the sidewalks.
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