Columbia motorists are the worst when it comes to consideration for disabled pedestrians. White cane in hand, I have walked the streets of Paris, a city whose residents are unfairly and ignorantly stereotyped as rude, and have never been threatened with being flattened the way I have in Columbia. The same applies to Spain and Italy, California and even New York.
Where is everyone going in such a rush? Why can’t drivers wait until the light changes and the pedestrian is off the road? The worst spots are Laurel and Sumter, where motorists try to out-run buses to the corner, and Bull and Taylor, where they stop over the pedestrian crossway. This is particularly bad for me as a blind pedestrian, because I try to follow the white line I can still see faintly across the road. Another bad spot is wherever cab drivers are trying to turn left from a right lane: They cross, then blow their horn at me to get out of the way after I am already crossing.
Motorists have stopped and asked me whether I need help or a ride; I am grateful. More than a ride, however, what we blind pedestrians need is a lot more drivers’ awareness of these simple guidelines:
Joseph F. Delgado