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Accessible Tech from the Onset Creates Access

AFB is particularly concerned about AV accessibility. Without clear federal standards and enforcement, people who are blind or low vision are likely to be left out of the vehicles promise. On this priority, we encourage DOT to make accessibility and non-visual access a key priority in research activities and vehicle approvals. Requiring accessibility from the onset will ultimately enable equal access. In addition, DOT... more »

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Land Use Policy and Micromobility Parking

In addition to building and maintaining more accessible pedestrian infrastructure, consideration ought to be given to how land use policy promotes accessible communities by making active modes of transportation and transit more attractive and cost effective. Accessibility extends beyond the roadway, and transit-oriented development promotes access to more alternative modes that benefit people who are blind.

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Accessible Infrastructure is Safer / Hear the voice of blind ppl

Accessible Rights of Way play an outsized role in transportation accessibility for people who are blind or low vision. We strongly support the 2011 AccessBoard Public Right of Way guidelines and would encourage DOT to promote further best practices for accessibility in the right of way that promote complete trips. Moreover, standards alone are not sufficient. Investing in pedestrian and transit-oriented infrastructure... more »

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Update 2002 Nat'l Transportation Availability & Use Survey

Continue to explore the experience of travelers with disabilities and identify barriers by updating a 2002 Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) study. The study identified if and how people travel, problems they experience, and levels of satisfaction with transportation. An update of the 2002 BTS study could identify and prioritize removal of barriers to mobility that could be addressed by the state and local governments,... more »

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Highlighting, Encourage & Require Best Practices

DOT should highlight best practice complete streets policies and practices whenever possible. Agencies and private partners must be made aware of and encouraged to ensure complete streets policies are embraced and implemented, including ensuring accessible sidewalks, curb cuts, transit stops and stations, installing accessible pedestrian signals, and crosswalks as prescribed in the US Access Board's 2011 Proposed Guidelines... more »

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Partnering with GPS Map Providers

There has already been work done on incorporating mapping services' satellite views and street views to identify accessibility barriers. DoT should partner with those providers and researchers to create a way to identify not only barriers along federally-funded routes, but also to enable states and local municipalities to piggy-back onto that technology to identify barriers along state routes and in local communities.... more »

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Lack of pathways is the Biggest Barrier

Many suburban residential developments - especially in the South - are based on pipestem off collector roads or walled communities. Posted speeds inside those communities are 25 mph or less. Most residents feel safe on the pavement. However, they don't feel safe walking, rolling, or cycling on collector or arterial roads. We lack continuous pathways along collector and arterial roads. The Transportation Reauthorization... more »

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Paratransit program requirements form a barrier

- The pick-up window on paratransit is a large barrier for people with disabilities. Shortening this window would significantly make transportation much more accessible for people with disabilities.

- The cost allowed for paratransit is significant for low-income individuals. Some people with disabilities choose not to take trips as they cannot afford the fare.

- The advance scheduling requirement forms a barrier. Spontaneous... more »

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First, Recruit Volunteers to Identify the Barriers

Can't remove unidentified barriers. Suggest that people with disabilities be recruited in this effort. Several methodologies have been used in this effort. One may be "Maps for Easy Paths (MEP): A Mobile Application for City Accessibility". Volunteers (or paid staff) can be recruited from local Centers for Independent Living. Payment is advisable both since training is required and payment is incentive to provide standardized... more »

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