USDOT should create a program that provides incentives for local communities to create ADA compliant sidewalk and bicycle networks. The program should consider neighborhoods that have been impacted by federally funded road building in the past in ways that made biking and walking harder or less safe.
Not knowing if a sidewalk will be complete, have curb cuts, or be free of snow makes it very difficult for people with disabilities to have full mobility.
All of the innovative ideas identified in the transportation policy document sound great but will take awhile. In the meantime, work on the progress that has been started to increase mobility transport, add to the fleet of bicycles and other motor/electric scooter and create a more responsive local transportation system that prioritizes individuals travelling to work.
Encourages cities and agencies to provide integrated, accessible bikeshare and scooter options for travelers with disabilities. Options should be available via the same app, locations and times as those provided to the nondisabled public. Attention must also be paid to ensuring accessible bike and scooters options re easily located throughout the system. All apps must accessible for blind and low users.
In addition to ensuring bike and scooter accessibility, measures must be taken to ensure access to app-based services for unbanked individuals or those without a smartphone, and access in all neighborhoods where a need has been identified.
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