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MOVING ALONG THE SIDEWALK

Sidewalks are in poor repair.

Well-maintained sidewalks are free of cracks or lifted sections that could trip pedestrians and block people in wheelchairs. Sidewalks fall into disrepair for many reasons, including tree roots, erosion, damage by heavy vehicles, and aging facilities.

Most communities (including Seattle) have policies requiring adjacent property owners to repair damaged sidewalks. However, there is a need to educate property owners about this responsibility. Smooth sidewalks are a necessity for pedestrians with limited mobility, and keeping sidewalks well maintained prevents falls and injuries (for more information, see http://www.walkinginfo.org/problems/problems-sidewalks.cfm).

In addition to education tools, enforcement, planning, equity, and funding tools can also be used to address a concern about the poor condition of sidewalks.

Recommended Tools
Under each toolbox listed below, you have been directed to categories of tools. Selecting an individual category will link you to the tools from that category that can best be used to address sidewalks in poor repair.

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