Monday, April 21, 2014

Let's Find The Worst Bus Stop In OKC - Contender #3

It's time to continue our search for the worst bus stop in OKC! 

Today's specimen comes from 6th and Walker, and at first glance, it doesn't seem to be that terrible. Once you start pulling back the layers, however, that onion gets pretty stinky. Let's talk about why.

It's not 100% apparent from this photograph, but this sidewalk is not only in rough shape, but it's also kind of steep, so this bench is sitting at an uncomfortable sideways angle. For once the bench isn't positioned in a way that tips forward or leans back, but don't get too excited with OKC bus stops, because they'll often find a way to be awful. In this case, you might fall off the side. Also, while the seat itself isn't leaning forward, the seat back is thisclose to doing so, which is definitely not a comfortable way to sit.

I think the starkest issue with this bus stop is the fact that between it and the utility pole directly beside it, the entire sidewalk is taken up. It's one thing for an able-bodied person to be able to squeeze by, but a person with a wheelchair trying to get through would get the Gandalf treatment. This bus stop is so inaccessible that it's basically come full-circle back to being accessible, in a way, because rather than not being able to get to the bus stop, a physically challenged person would have no choice but to stop and use it. So I guess in a way it's like an ADA-super-accessible bus stop.

I guess I should just be thankful that the stop isn't covered with heaps of trash and that there's no splintered wood sticking up out of the seat, but I have to say, this one is just so idiotically placed that I find it just as offensive. Maybe it's not even the bus stop's fault - even if the bench weren't sitting directly beside the utility pole, the sidewalk is still too narrow to accommodate both the bench and a wheelchair. That is the result of inadequate pedestrian infrastructure, plain and simple. It's not only disabled people that would be at risk; this stop is directly beside a school. And I'd like to see a mother with a stroller try to get past it. This bus stop situation is irresponsible and dangerous. On top of that, this is located in downtown. Is THIS what we want tourists to associate with OKC public transit?

Is this the worst bus stop in OKC? I bet we can find worse. If you find a terrible 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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