My name is Janet Diel. As a 31 year Burbank resident, long time member of the Advisory Council on Disabilities and Chair for the Barriers Sub-Committee, I felt it imperative to present my views regarding the lack of sidewalks on 1800-1900 Screenland.
For Seniors and Disabled members of our community sidewalks would allow street access to those with walkers, canes, wheelchairs and motorized scooters. It is discrimination to have them “move to the next street” to travel up the block.
Having sidewalks would allow access for families with small children using strollers, wheel toys and shopping carts and safety for dog walkers.
Pedestrians most impacted are Luther students currently walking on landscaped /uneven grassy yards (dangerous/slippery in wet weather) or worse, in the street where they could be hurt by vehicles speeding down Screenland. 4 of my children attended Luther. We experienced “no sidewalk” dangers firsthand.
Burbank has been a leader in promoting accessibility and we want a community that is totally accessible for all citizens, not only minimally ADA compliant but “real world user friendly”. This is only one of many streets that need to be transformed, but it is a high priority due to the student population nearby.Janet Diel