'Smart' digital billboard on Shepherd causes hazard, Montrose residents say
A digital billboard near the intersection of West Alabama and Shepherd has some walking and cycling advocates upset, saying the placement of the billboard is creating a hazard. The board is supposed to make navigating the area easier but seems to be doing the opposite.
Need to know when the bus is coming? The IKE smart board can tell you. Want to know what fun events are happening today? The IKE board can tell you. It's meant to make navigating the city easier, but advocates say it's creating barriers.
"Often times at the expense of a continuous, comfortable sidewalk that anyone can use," Montrose resident and transportation advocate Alexander Spike said.
Spike said this is the latest Montrose sidewalk obstruction, pointing out a CenterPoint power pole that has been the center of several ABC13 reports.
"A big old electrical pole went in and obstructed the entire sidewalk, and when CenterPoint was asked, 'Why would you do this?' They said, 'Well, strictly speaking, this is accessible. We left three feet on one side.' But that's not acceptable," Spike said.
While the construction around this sign technically makes the area legally accessible, Spike said technically, it is not good enough. "Even if we are strictly talking accessibility, fine, we have been accommodated, but this is not a dignified walk or role," Spike said.
Continue reading this story by Lileana Pearson on our news partner ABC13.