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Walking in Waterloo Region
(2 hours ago)tomh009 Wrote: I think ramped pedestrian bridges (to cross streets) are exceedingly rare everywhere due to the need for (usually four!) very long ramps.

Elevator as a detour? Yes, you might need to wait for it. But you might need to wait for a traffic light, too. And in many cities (able-bodied) pedestrians don't have any issues with using stairs.

Four, try eight, at a standard four arm intersection.

Although many places where overpasses are used, not all legs have ramps, which is something which makes overpasses more feasible, so two or four may be more common.

Elevators are extremely expensive to operate and maintain.
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Right, I was thinking of just a street crossing rather than an intersection.

In Tokyo, where pedestrian bridges are very common, I cannot recall seeing one with an accessible ramp. Occasionally elevators or escalators, but most often stairs only. Pedestrians who cannot cope with stairs need to go the next crosswalk or traffic light instead.
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