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.
One way that I think the disability trip and experience will be enhanced by all modes of transportation is if one follows the ADA and applicable transportation laws that should be enforced and enforceable by all communities. If volunteer and rideshare programs are in place they should be following ADA and all accessible laws. The DOT may want to work with TNC and rideshare programs to enhance and enforce access laws for... more »
For people who are visually impaired, knowing if there is a sidewalk, or better yet, having a sidewalk on both sides of the street, is very important. So is knowing how an intersection is controlled and uniformity of intersections. Also understand that many visually impaired people have additional disabilities, such as hearing impaired, cognitive impairment, or a wheelchair. Therefore, collaborative approaches for accommodations... more »
I support emphasis on pedestrian access throughout the planning, engineering and construction process. When considering bicycles, planners and engineers need to more carefully consider the interaction of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Some current designs for shared use paths, separated bike lanes at street or sidewalk level and shared streets result in conflicts and 'close calls', as well as confusion about priority,... more »
Edge lane roads (ELRs) are a class of roadway which includes Advisory Bike Lanes and Advisory Shoulders. ELRs support two-way motor vehicle traffic within a single center lane and vulnerable road users (VRUs) such as bicyclists, wheelchair users, or pedestrians in the edge lanes on either side. Motorists may use the edge lanes, after yielding to any VRUs there, to pass approaching vehicles. ELRs are called Advisory Shoulders... more »
Numerous micro-mobility companies have explored the option of providing access to accessible bicycles and scooters that can accommodate users with disabilities. However, the number of such vehicles is extremely limited. This can discourage persons from trying to use them; they are often difficult to locate. As a result, such companies must work to purchase and loan out more accessible vehicles. The blind community would... more »
Policies and procedures for the addition of micromobility vendors in municipalities should include a requirement that a set percentage of the products be accessible to individuals with mobility impairments, sensory impairments and other disabilities . The micromobility transportation options should include recumbent, tandem or other adaptive bikes. Inclusivity should be required of vendors using the public right of way... more »