Day to day life in New York can be challenging and even dangerous. Pedestrian knock downs, car crashes on busy streets, and widespread crime are on going safety concerns for many New Yorkers. You may be surprised to find that the city has recently taken steps to address one major safety issue: walking in heels.
Is walking in heels really a safety issue? It is while walking over sidewalk grates! The grates historically used throughout the city are extremely challenging to maneuver without breaking a bone or sustaining an injury of sorts. The sometimes slick surface and size of holes in the grates make slip trip and falls almost inevitable.
As part of the MTA’s East Side Access project new grates have been installed on several streets. A statement from the MTA:
“In order to be easier to navigate for those wearing high-heeled shoes, the sidewalk ‘high-heel friendly’ grates are made with slip-resistant surfaces and the openings between the cross-bars are only ½ inch wide.”