One of my goals as a Councilperson is something I have long advocated for: sidewalk connecting our city neighborhoods and business districts.
As a long term resident who likes to get outside, I have often been troubled that large parts of Sterling Heights, especially major thoroughfares do not have sidewalk. This forces residents to walk in the street and for drivers to be vigilant.
This problem really crystallized for me as a I watched a disabled Sterling Heights resident use her motorized wheelchair in the right hand driving lane on Schoenherr Road south of Clinton River Road. There was no sidewalk on either side of the street there.
This was clearly a huge safety hazard and also a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
I petitioned the Council that sidewalk needed to be installed on Schoenherr and the first section was installed last year. However, there are many streets like Schoenherr in Sterling Heights.
If we truly want Sterling Heights to be a city of the future, we need to enable residents to travel around our city unencumbered. Sidewalk should be installed where possible, so our entire city is linked and walkable.