I am disabled and require the use of scooter to get around. In the last two weeks I have been stopped by the local police for riding in the street.
The first time the officer said it is illegal to ride in the street, and that I should be on the sidewalk, even though I was as far over as possible. I informed the officer that I normally do, but the sidewalk was not accessible to a scooter. The second time the same thing, He said I was suppose to be riding on the sidewalk, I pointed out to him the fact there was no sidewalk at all. He responded that I should be as far over as possible, which I was except for a few holes that I went around. The bottom line is the sidewalks in Williamsport are in very poor shape some of them have access, most don't. The ADA states clearly that all should be accessible or should under a certain period of time be accessible. I really am more concerned of the nature of the police stopping someone disabled while there are far more important things for them to be watching out for in our community.
Constant E. Hicks
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