Chicagoans Sue City Over Faulty Curb Ramps
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 3, 2005
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--A group of Chicagoans with disabilities filed a lawsuit against the city Monday, claiming it is violating their rights under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
The suit alleges that missing, damaged, and steep curb ramps make sidewalks dangerous for wheelchair users, the Associated Press reported.
Plaintiff Bruce Moore explained that he is forced to take his wheelchair in the street to avoid bad curb ramps.
"People yell, 'What are you doing? Get back on the sidewalk!"' said Moore, 57. "You're sort of vulnerable out there, so you don't want to (yell back) and tempt them."
The suit seeks to force the city to build or repair ramps when streets or sidewalks are resurfaced or repaired.
"Some of them are so steep that I'm actually fearful that I'm going to tip," said plaintiff Dorie Stewart, 61.
A spokesperson for Mayor Richard Daley's office said that the city's legal department is reviewing the complaint.