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Old 03-08-2014, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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This is a fun article about some kid-friendly infrastructure improvements.

12 ways to make cities more child-friendly | Spacing National

What would you put on your list?
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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A lot of those ideas are very good.

Swings on the sidewalk? Not so much ...
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:13 AM
 
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Why not?
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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You seriously can't see a problem with that?

The first time a kid falls off the swing and skins his knee, and the parents sue the local jurisdiction and/or the property owner?

A kid decides it'll be fun to swing into passing pedestrians, or kick his/her shoes off at same?

Shop owners being bothered for bandages and Bactine?
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:22 AM
 
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The same parents could sue the same jurisdiction for the kid skinning his knee at any other park swingset--or whatever the kid skins his knees on. There used to be mechanical "kiddie rides" in front of supermarkets where I grew up--how is this different, aside from not needing a quarter?
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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The same parents could sue the same jurisdiction for the kid skinning his knee at any other park swingset--or whatever the kid skins his knees on.
Yes, they could, but why create more risk?

And then there's the risk to pedestrians.

Have you been to a playground lately? Very few of them have concrete or even grass or dirt surfaces anymore - it's all wood chips, or rubber strips, or other soft surfaces.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:41 AM
 
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Maybe then what we need is more rubber sidewalks!

Terrecon, Inc.
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Maybe then what we need is more rubber sidewalks!
Having skinned my knees on a fair number of sidewalks - as an adult! - I concur. It's those damn cracks ... I never understood why people run on the street until I started running myself. Ouch.
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Having skinned my knees on a fair number of sidewalks - as an adult! - I concur. It's those damn cracks ... I never understood why people run on the street until I started running myself. Ouch.
I love it. Unfortunately I will never be a knee model.
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:08 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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A lot of those ideas are very good.

Swings on the sidewalk? Not so much ...
My thoughts exactly!

Why not, you naysayers ask? Look at that swing and the parking lane. The child could swing right into a parked car, OR he could fall off the swing and land in the parking lane. He could also swing out and hit a pedestrian.
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