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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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(@janetmbarlow) kudos icon 2

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Bring the MUTCD in line with proposed PROWAG in the upcoming NPA trending idea

Do not delay in advancing national standards on rights-of-way accessibility. I'm aware that the MUTCD team is working on an NPA. Make sure that NPA incorporates accessibility issues.

In particular, FHWA should move forward in requiring accessible pedestrian signals where pedestrian signals are installed. As I noted in earlier comments, the complexity of signal systems and timing make previous techniques obsolete. Proposed... more »

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(@bbentzen) kudos icon 1

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Include requirements for accessible pedestrian signals in MUTCD

Accessible pedestrian signals are needed wherever pedestrian signals are provided. Accessible communication of something as basic and necessary for life safety of pedestrians who are blind as pedestrian signal information is essential. The upcoming NPA for the MUTCD should require accessible pedestrian signals wherever there are visual pedestrian signals as required in Draft PROWAG.

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(@cbrown) kudos icon +

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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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(@caroltyson) kudos icon +

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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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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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Ensure safe access for vision disabled to boarding islands

Floating boarding islands are increasingly being used in association with separated bicycle paths at sidewalk level. Pedestrains who are vision disabled need perceptible information about where to cross bike lanes to get to boarding islands. Tactile walking surface indicators should be used to alert pedestrians who are vision disabled to bike lane crossings. Surface treatments and markings should be used to alert cyclists... more »

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Adopt the PROWAG trending idea

The framework includes :

"Work to advance national standards on rights of way accessibility, including with partner organizations."

 

Fully Adopting the PROWAg (the 2011 Proposed Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way)

into the MUCTD would remove barriers to ensuring access to pedestrian travel routes. Currently the ADA and DOJ standards do not adequately provide for equal access to the public... more »

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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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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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BUS STOPS need to be ACCESSIBLE not DANGEROUS

Bus stops placed where there is NO accessibility for wheelchairs put the wheelchair user in TRAFFIC and is VERY Dangerous to the wheelchair user. Such as: a curb does not allow the wheelchair user to be on the walk or grass as ambulatory persons are able to do. Thus leaving the wheelchair user in the Street. Including persons like myself in a power wheelchair with my SERVICE DOG. Now we are BOTH at Risk. To top it off,... more »

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Include design guidance for a delineator at separated bike lanes

Separated bicycle lanes at sidewalk level are especially dangerous for pedestrians who are disabled. Design guidance for such facilities should include a standard tactile delineator between the bicycle lane and the pedestrians way that is highly detectable to pedestrians who are vision disabled, that discourages cyclists from intruding into the pedestrian way, but that is negotiable by pedestrians having mobility disabilities.... more »

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Sidewalks

Hi, one of the biggest barriers to people with mobility issues is a bad sidewalk. Many sidewalks are in disrepair, this must change. Secondly, snow removal is a huge. It should not be up to business owners to clear bus stops of any impediments. It should be the municipality. It is Public Transportation. Thank you.

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Community accessibility

Community accessibility To me means having access to transit I put this in this goal of the framework because often times repairs are needed in communities. Not having the funding or the necessary ability because of tax structure Or definition of a public right away poses an unnecessary bare barrier we need to follow PROWAG and ensure that mobility chair users do not have to ride or walk the street to get to places in... more »

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