Worksite accessibility starts in the parking lot. Make sure your company’s parking lot is ADA compliant to avoid government fees and problems with customers. This guide to accessible parking lot planning and tactile warning systems can help you create the ADA-compliant parking lot your location needs.
Parking Space Dimensions:
All parking spots designated as ADA-accessible spaces must be wide enough to make room for a full-sized vehicle. Additionally, ADA-accessible spaces must be accompanied by a 60-inch-wide access aisle. This adjacent space is designed for easy unloading and loading of wheelchairs. Make sure this space is clear of poles, trees, or signs that might make wheelchair access more difficult.
The next consideration for an ADA-compliant parking lot is space location. The law requires that all ADA-accessible spaces be painted as close to the business entrance as possible. If the building has multiple entrances, ADA-accessible spaces must be painted near each of these doors.
All ADA-accessible spaces must be properly labeled with visible signs. Signs should be able to be seen from a distance and should include a universal symbol for accessibility. In addition, the boundaries of these spaces should be distinctly marked. This design ensures that visitors can recognize an ADA spot from afar.
Detectable Warning Systems:
An ADA-compliant parking lot provides visitors with more than accessible parking spots. The safest parking lots use tactile warning systems to help visitors with vision impairments navigate the sidewalk, gradient changes, and vehicle intersections. Tactile warnings systems also show your customers that your location is accessible to everyone.
Reach out to your local community by improving the accessibility of your business in every way possible. Turn your parking lot or business exterior into an accessible and inclusive space by contacting ADA Solutions, Inc. Our accessibility experts can be reached at (800) 372-0519.