Alternative to concrete sidewalks
I was very interested in Richard Dyksterhuis’ idea to put double-wide sidewalks along Aurora Avenue from North 125th to 145th Street [“Happy warrior battles to tame Aurora,” NWMonday, March 18]. It is a great idea and would provide much more safety for the people in the region.
However, I would strongly suggest that the sidewalks be made of something other than concrete and perhaps be a pathway. Many of the shoppers I’ve seen in that area are older people and concrete sidewalks are nonresilient and really hard on the spine, especially as we age. I have noticed the difference in walking on concrete compared with walking along the side of the roads in the area where I live in Shoreline. I would much prefer walking on the side of the road to the concrete sidewalks that are in a few places.
If Seattle considers the suggestion of Dyksterhuis, I do hope the planners will check out the different materials that are currently used in walkways. When I have visited my family in Southern California, I have been aware of some of the play areas that are made of recycled materials rather than concrete. They are much safer for children.
–Mary Bartholet, Shoreline