You might have seen new curb ramps popping up all over San Diego recently. The city installed almost 700 of them in the last six months of 2012 alone using money from an infrastructure repair loan.
The ramps allow people in wheelchairs, including William Ballard, to get up on the sidewalk rather than travel in the road.
The city, however, doesn’t do much for wheelchair riders once they’re on the sidewalk: It’s doesn’t repair or maintain the broken ones. Council President Todd Gloria calls that policy “the largest insult to the disabled community that it could possibly be.”
“We spend all this time and effort on the ramps, but it’s a path to nowhere for people in wheelchairs,” Gloria said.