Sidewalk Booby Traps Across DC

Check out this little devil I found on Vermont Avenue in Shaw.

The stump of a street sign, its raw metal edges awiting an exposed toe or unobservant walker, is primed to cause a yelp, a twist, and a fall.

How many of these booby traps litter our sidewalks? Why do they not seem to garner pothole-level attention?
A street pothole may ruin your tire, but a sidewalk booby trap will ruin your person.

Mayor Fenty, how about a little attention on transport hazards for pedestrians, walkers, runners, those who face city-left booby traps across Washington DC? Save our soles, grind down these spikes.

6 Comments so far

  1. Mik (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    You should check out the potholes on Foxhall – dangerous!

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 9:08 am

    Quite frankly, I think non-working fire hydrants are a bigger deal.

  3. Wayan (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 9:30 am

    Then you can go post about hydrants Tom. My issue today is with street booby traps.

  4. Don (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    Defensive, table for one!

  5. Jared (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    they seem to be breeding, there is one on L St, NW at 16th…on one of the narrowest streches of sidewalks in the city, I might add (right next to the WVSA school).

  6. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on May 4th, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    “Then you can go post about hydrants Tom. My issue today is with street booby traps.”

    Ooooooooooh. Somebody could use a gin and tonic, huh?

    I have seen these little wannabe deathmakers all over the place. Really irresponsible to leave them there. I have never sprained anything with them but have certainly tripped more than once.

    If I were a good American I would find an ambulance-chaser attorney to do something about them.

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