it’s a footbridge! it’s a crime hazard! it’s a dessert topping!

A footbridge to help pedestrians get to a Metro stop without having to cross the Capital Beltway or its exit ramps sounds like a great idea, right? Silver Spring surely thought so. That is, until the design of the footbridge put pedestrians under the Beltway, in the dark, out of view and out of earshot, and penned in by fences on both sides. Oh, that’s a GREAT idea.

I can’t decide what’s more alarming, that they built a footbridge that has become a magnet for armed robbers, or that they knew the design had these issues in advance and they built the thing anyway. We’re lucky so far that it has only been muggings (and two of them thwarted at that), but I personally don’t expect it to stay like that for long. Way to go, MoCo.

In the meantime, this seems like a good time as any to review a few basic self-defense tips for walking in dark and isolated areas:
– Turn off your portable music player so you can be more aware of your surroundings.
– Carry whatever type of self-defense implement that is legal and that you are confident in your ability to use.
– Ladies, I know we all hate to be the woman in a skirt and sneakers, but consider that high heels impede your ability to run or stay on your feet if you are attacked. Carry the cute shoes to change into, and wear the practical ones.

3 Comments so far

  1. Sweet (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 4:48 pm

    I actually took a self defense class, and the instructor said not to kick, but to knee instead — he said kicking makes you more vulnerable. I also learned creepy stuff like how to pop someone’s eye out, or pull an ear off. Eek! Luckily I haven’t had to try that yet, and hope I never need to!

  2. Chris (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 11:15 pm

    Isn’t Silver Spring in PG county?

  3. Tiffany (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 9:19 am

    Nope, definitely in Montgomery County, or else Montgomery County has a LOT of government buildings there for a town that doesn’t belong to them…

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