August 20, 2002
I have reviewed the new draft for the ADA
Guidelines which are available on your web site and I would like to comment
about article 1109.7 that address on street parking meter.
In many cities around the US the on street parking
for disables is a combination of more than one single issue for the disable
community that need to use these parking spaces.
one of the issue and the most controversial one is
parking payment for the use of the parking space. Although in many cities the
disable user can park for free, their is a growing outrage be the community
for the abuse of this privilege by authorize and unauthorized users. The
disable community is the first to suffer from this issue and public outrage.
In some cities the disable community are willing
to pay for on street parking providing that the local authority will regulate
the issue and will provide means for a disable person to pay for parking
considering his/her limitation.
In the city of Buffalo a comprehensive study was
done by the City which contracted the services of URS consulting. Together
with the disable community they found that their is a technology available in
the market to be utilize by the disable. This solution, which will be
implemented by October 2002, will not require the disable to use existing
parking meter or central location meter box, but have the meter it their car
(IN CAR PARKING METER) for display. Thus resolving the issue of access to the
on street meter, with 100% reliability which will make the on street parking
issue easy to the user. The municipality will not lose revenue from the new
guidelines of on street parking.
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information please contact me