How the lack of public benches makes traffic worse - Mobility Lab

Last week I had surgery: I donated my bone marrow to a little boy with leukemia, thanks to Be the Match. I would do the surgery again in a heartbeat if it meant giving somebody a second chance at life.

My only difficulty is that I can’t walk or stand for as long as I used to until my bone marrow regenerates, which will take about two more weeks.

As someone whose primary transportation mode is walking, this has been a problem. Luckily for me, Be the Match is reimbursing my Uber rides to and from work because my nearest bus stop is a 15-minute walk away, and there’s no bench for me to sit on while I wait.

But most people who have temporary or chronic difficulty walking or standing don’t have Be the Match paying their transportation bills. They have to rely on public transportation, and they need benches.

However, the Americans with Disability Act does not require transit agencies to provide benches at bus stops. Accordingly, not many do. Transit agencies are understandably more concerned with meeting the provisions that the ADA does require, like installing curb cuts for people using wheelchairs. (In some cities, as many as half of bus stops are not ADA compliant.)

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