Several months ago, I answered a question about a 2002 U.S. Justice Department brief on Americans with Disability Act-compliant parking lot striping.
Obviously, the document didn’t incorporate the 2010 design guidelines, so I explained how to find them. “Where to find current parking, striping, signage regs” was posted on Oct. 20, 2014, to my ADA Corner blog.
Good news: In December 2015, the department updated the “Restriping Parking Spaces” brief with simple explanations and great graphics.
One example is this illustration of a lot with four or fewer parking spaces. In particular, note the location of the ramp onto the sidewalk:
- It’s at the access aisle approach.
- It doesn’t protrude into the parking space.
- Providing wheel stops prevents the vehicle from extending into the sidewalk space. This is covered in a section of the brief called Features of Accessible Parking Spaces.
Let anyone involved in laying out and striping know that your agency won’t tolerate any design that doesn’t meet these standards. I strongly suggest you give copies of the brief to whomever you contract with or use to:
- Design parking layout for new construction.
- Anyone who will restripe your parking lot.
- Include language in your contract stating they will be responsible for any necessary corrections.