Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Let's Find The Worst Bus Stop in OKC - Contender #2

Happy Tuesday! It's been awhile since I started this feature, but don't worry, I've been collecting the evidence. Today, let's take a look at another contender for the hallowed title of Worst Bus Stop in OKC. There's some stiff competition in this category, folks, but I'm determined to find the winner.

Today's example comes from the Plaza District. John and I came across this frightening specimen during a snowy walk to RetrOKC several weeks ago. The bus stop was empty when we discovered it, which is no surprise, because honestly, who would (or could) sit on that thing? I've observed before that OKC bus stops tend to tip forward like the occupant is teetering just over the top of the first hill on a rollercoaster, but this one really takes that concept to a new level. It's like something out of a carnival funhouse. Maybe that's what's been going on all along- OKC bus stops are specifically designed to make us feel like we're going crazy. Hats off to Tyler Outdoor Advertising for that one, because it's working.

(Who am I kidding... we know exactly why these benches are made to be so difficult to sit on.)

What kind of carnival funhouse only caters to the able-bodied population? I'll tell you what kind: the crappy kind. It's 2014, everyone; it's time to make your bus stops and pedestrian infrastructure ADA-accessible. A wheelchair ramp on a bus doesn't do much good if said wheelchair can't get to the bus stop to begin with. A decent, level sidewalk that's kept free of snow and ice would actually benefit everyone here, disabled and able-bodied, because no matter how you're getting around, that slippery snow bank is going to be treacherous.

I mean, honestly, this bus stop hardly fulfills minimum requirements. If people can't sit on it, or even get to it, what is the point of even putting it there? Oh yeah...

Is this the worst bus stop in OKC? This one is nearly impossible to use, but it's also not covered with garbage like the last one, so maybe we need to keep looking. If you know of a particularly awful OKC bus stop, comment and let us know, or better yet, snap a picture and share it with us on Twitter using the hashtag #WorstOKCBusStop!

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