The Pedestrian Space

Public Awareness & Education about Shared Pedestrian Space

As more cities and university campuses are incorporating dockless bicycle and scooter programs into the array of mobility options available, questions—and frustrations—have surfaced about keeping walking pathways, building ramps, and curb ramps clear of barriers for travelers who are blind or who use wheelchairs. In cities such as Charlotte and San Diego, advocates are working with local government for stricter laws or enforcement of existing laws. One aspect of sidewalk barriers rarely discussed is public education about and awareness of how people with disabilities use shared space and the clearances that are required for ADA facilities. Many riders may not think about the broader picture of how users of different abilities are affected by barriers. Possible solutions include expanded public awareness through posters, transit shelter advertisements, app messages, social media posts, and transportation awareness education as part of school safety programs.

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Idea No. 145