By Gary Richards, Roadshow : mercurynews – excerpt
This is a response to your article about people slipping on those yellow buttons at crosswalks. On Feb. 26 at around 7 a.m. I was heading to work at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation when I slipped on the yellow sidewalk bumps and fractured both my tibia and fibula…
This is the second such incident reported to Roadshow where a person slipped like this and broke their leg. Keith says he is considering filing a claim against Palo Alto.
These are “truncated domes,” which are typically located at the bottom of curb ramps and have been required by federal law since 1991 to give warning to the visually impaired that they are leaving the sidewalk and entering the street. Their design is stipulated to include traction-enhancing features on the top of each dome to minimize slipping… (more)
The design is obviously flawed because hundreds of people fall on them. Even some bikes go down. Another dumb idea that got sold to the government that needs to go.