The beginning of summer, typically a busy season for pedestrians, skate boarders and bike riders, is a good time for people to make sure walkways are clear. Keep it Neighborly video
Common items left on sidewalks and walkways can create unintended barriers. Natural obstacles include branches, shrubs or leaves; examples of manufactured objects are vehicles, recycling bins and temporary signs. Keep cars and bins out of bike lanes as well.
These types of obstructions can force children, seniors, people with disabilities and other pedestrians off the sidewalk and into the street.
Overgrown plants or debris can trip pedestrians, and low-hanging branches can cause head injuries. Cars parked on sidewalks or walkways can limit visibility or speed up cracking of the pavement.
Bellevue officials urge property owners and others to do their part to keep objects off sidewalks and walkways, so their neighbors can get around. Also, prune vegetation to allow safe passage and increase visibility near driveways.
For more information about keeping sidewalks and walkways clear, call the Transportation Department at 425-452-6856; to report parking violations, call the Police Department at 425-452-6917.
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