As more and more of the population is getting older there are also more persons with disability or some sort of impairment. It would be nice if we would be just as fit as when we are twenty, but usually it just doesn’t work this way. The street crossings for pedestrians and bikers in most cases don’t match the actual state of the population. Elderly, the disabled, people with some sort of musculoskeletal disease or other heavy chronic disease step down the pavement at the crossings with more difficulty. That’s why it is more likely for them to choose a less painful shortcut – where the kerb is dropped for the bikers. So this part of the crossing gets pretty crowded with: pedestrians, mums with baby carriages, bikes, disabled on wheelchairs, elderly with walking sticks or rolators.
Well, I guess this issue should not get resolved with fines, cameras, impediments, policemen but with the lowering of the kerbs at the whole length of the street crossing (the pedestrian and the bikers part) – thus with the dropped kerbs. This might enable all of the mentioned groups to move more easily towards their destinations and around the town.