Accessible Streetscape Design Survey for the Disability Community

Survey for the Disability Community, from DREDF, IPMI, and Smart Growth America

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Smart Growth America, supported by the International Parking & Mobility Institute and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund.

The research team is seeking to learn more about the needs and challenges people with disabilities meet when walking and rolling in their community. We are interested in what it looks, sounds, and feels like when a street serves walking, biking, and driving for all people, including people with disabilities. Participants should be over 18 years of age. Your input will provide the research team with useful information to design better streets for everyone, including people with disabilities in our communities.

This survey should take about five minutes to complete. It is your choice to fill out the survey, and there are no risks to you if you choose to participate. You may skip any questions you are not comfortable answering. You may stop the survey at any time.

This research is confidential. Confidential means that the research records will include some information about you. However, we are the only parties that will be allowed to see the full set of data. If you complete the survey, you are consenting only to the use of your responses in aggregate with other responses. If you have any questions about the research or the procedures described above, or if you need assistance in completing the survey, please contact accessible [dot] streetscapes [at] smartgrowthamerica [dot] org.

Take the survey

Access a PDF version of the survey here.

How will the survey be used?

This survey will support Smart Growth America, the International Parking & Mobility Institute, the Accessible Parking Coalition, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, and additional partner organizations in the creation of an Accessible Streetscape Design Guide. This effort will cover best practices and serve as an initial conversation piece where entities such as NACTO and other transportation organizations, alongside USDOT and US Access Board, dive deeper into engineering and planning semantics.

Want to support the Accessible Streetscape Project?

Organizations, government entities, and professionals are encouraged to join our efforts to distribute the survey! Your support is crucial to advancing thought leadership in streetscape accessibility and making meaningful impacts toward a population historically marginalized in transportation planning. If you’re interested in participating, please respond to the short Google form here.

With the survey findings and the resulting Accessible Streetscape Design Guide, each supporting organization can work towards more comprehensive industry standards and guidance, collaborating with other supporting partners for maximum industry impact. All supporting organizations will be recognized in the forthcoming publication and related materials if desired. We will share aggregated data with all supporting organizations later this year.

Projects that improve access to the curb can only be meaningful when the streetscape itself is accessible to all people, including people with disabilities. During his time with District’s Department of Transportation, Transportation for America’s Policy Director, Benito Pérez, noticed a need for transportation practitioners to consider the accessibility of the entire streetscape. Thus, the idea for the Accessible Streetscape Design Guide was born.

Learn more about the origins of the Accessible Streetscapes Design Guide here.

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