One of the many problems with transportation design is the obvious lack of regard for getting around without a car. We mean, come on. Who in their right mind builds a sidewalk like that? Is there a hidden camera waiting to capture inattentive pedestrians running into the pole?
It’s not just the pole (although that’s a huge part of it), its the rest of the sidewalk, too. The 3–4 foot wide sidewalk most commonly built today is really only wide enough for walking single file. At most you could try walking with a friend, but it can be tough sometimes. Nevermind groups of pedestrians walking in opposite directions. (And forget the handicapped population.) This is one pedestrian lane. There’s a 4–6 lane vehicular road right next to it. How about a 4 lane sidewalk?
Let’s see what happens if we reverse roles here. The above scenario certainly could make the morning commute more exciting. The sidewalk isn’t just an area on the side of the road to stick telephone poles and random signs. It’s more than a pretty idea or a government regulation. Sidewalks are where city life happens. Louisville must pay more attention to its public infrastructure and not pull ridiculous stunts like the pole in the road.