Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sidewalk Safety

When walking on the sidewalks of Podgorica, there are several obstacles to watch out for. The biggest one is cars. Often cars are parked on the walk, not just on the curb, but taking up so much room that the pedestrians are forced to walk on the road. There are even some areas where you need to watch out for vehicles actually driving on the sidewalk for as many as 50 yards!

Other things to be on the lookout for are the remains of sawed off signposts. One neat thing here is that they incorporate trees into the sidewalk, leaving a square or round hole for it to grow out of. But these create other dangers. The roots may push up the concrete, or if the tree dies the hole may or may not be filled in.

Then we have manholes which could have the standard fitted metal cover level with the pavement, or a giant slab of cement sticking up 6 inches above the rest of the walkway, or no cover at all, leaving a gapping hole to avoid.

Those who text and walk, beware.