City of Battle Ground seeking community input on mobility experiences and barriers

The city’s plan will identify obstacles that limit accessibility of facilities to people with disabilities and will serve as a guide for reaching compliance with ADA requirements

The city of Battle Ground is in the process of developing an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Transition Plan that will address improvements to public facilities such as sidewalks, curb ramps, push buttons, crosswalks, and on-street parking.   

The city of Battle Ground is in the process of developing an ADA Transition Plan that will address improvements to public facilities such as sidewalks, curb ramps, push buttons, crosswalks, and on-street parking.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act requires an ADA Transition Plan from cities and other entities responsible for publicly-owned facilities. The city’s plan will identify obstacles that limit accessibility of facilities to people with disabilities and will serve as a guide for reaching compliance with ADA requirements.   

The process began earlier this year with a physical inventory of pedestrian facilities to help identify gaps and barriers to accessibility. The city is also seeking input from the community about mobility experiences and about specific barriers encountered within the city.    

The Mobility for All Community Survey will help the city better understand mobility experiences.  While the ADA Transition Plan will benefit greatly from feedback from people with disabilities or from those that provide support for people with disabilities, feedback is welcome and encouraged from everyone who travels within the city.

Obstacles, big and small, can make navigation difficult or impossible for members of our community. Some common examples are cracked or uneven sidewalks, lack of ramps or curbs at intersections, and obstructions in sidewalks.  An online Interactive Reporting tool is available for community members to easily map and describe any of these obstacles.

The survey and interactive reporting tool is open through Sun., Oct. 10.  The information gathered will help develop the city’s draft ADA Transition Plan, projected for completion in December of this year.  The draft plan will be available for public review prior to formal adoption by the Battle Ground City Council. 

Visit www.cityofbg.org/MobilityForAll for more information about the city of Battle Ground’s ADA Transition Plan.  The page will be updated as progress is made, and will include draft and final plans. 

Information provided by city of Battle Ground.

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