Does it make sense to move my thread to here? Isn't my thread assisted-technology related?
Because of my visual impairment, I thank Tom for creating such a forum. This forum is nice for discussing visual impaired-related issues when it comes to transportation by bike.
My mom is so worried about me riding my tricycle in the road, because sooner or later, I might lose my right eye due to immature drivers once I get in the road. I'm talking immature drivers who may just ignore my orange safety triangle and my orange safety flag as shown here:
My mom told me that I'm smart when it comes to electronics, helping out with her Android phone (as I currently have), fix computers (whenever I need to but not my main hobby). I also like to do things like take pictures at Epcot's Future World and all that kind of stuff that I'm smart about. Put simply, my mom is worried about losing my right eye by immature drivers in Tallahassee as she told me that Tallahassee is a college town. About my left eye, I was blind when I was born.
My mom told me to never ride my tricycle in the road but in the sideWALK as sideWALK is for walking, but there are obstacles in sidewalks like the light pole that is placed in the middle of sidewalk with no grass between a concrete wall and sidewalk, plus there aren't any grass between the sidewalk and the road for getting around the light pole or a pole that carries wires for that matter. Also, my mom totally insists that she supports me riding my tricycle in the road yet she insists that she is worried about me (I apologize for my repetition about my mom worried about me, but ugh...).
Okay, I don't know what to say about this and I don't know what to do. I'd like to exercise by riding my tricycle. I could take a bus, but I'd rather take control over where I'm going and I am trying to get used to ever-changing routes and schedules due to budget cuts or something. Besides, I really want to encourage my active lifestyle, not only for recreation, but for transportation, so when it comes down to riding my tricycle in the sidewalk, it all comes down to city ordinance where sidewalk riding is prohibited near businesses close to sidewalks and downtown where there are side-street car parking. This makes me want to violate the city ordinance but since I'm contradicting myself, I want to keep my record clean of any violations when it comes to riding my tricycle for transportation.
Well, that's all I have for now. I don't know of any advocacy groups and I don't know how I can calm my mom's worries and nervousness as I really do want to ride my tricycle in the road and avoid sidewalks whenever I can.
Umh... Man, I've stressed out after I typed my long message. Perhaps my mom is always right? Being always right does have flaws. Being a hero does have flaws, too, but I'll not let this debate about heroism be discussed here. All this stuff about heroism and "being always right" will certainly fall in "Foo" forum (eh, off-topic -- heh heh). Let me sum this up that "heroism" reminds me of "Final Fantasy IX." *chuckles*