Raleigh to Provide On-Street Accessible Parking Spaces Downtown for Citizens with Handicaps

News posted Dec. 03, 2018 - 6:00 am

As part of a planned 12-month pilot program, the City of Raleigh will provide 16 on-street delineated accessible parking spaces for citizens with handicaps. The parking spaces will be located throughout the Downtown Business District.

“The City worked closely with the Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities and the Accessibility Task Force to locate 16 accessible on-street parking spaces in close proximity to medical, educational, recreational and public facilities,” said Raleigh’s Parking Administrator Matthew Currier. “This one-year pilot program will help foster inclusivity in our Downtown and allow staff to continue to engage with stakeholders to adjust locations based on data and feedback.”

The program is being implemented because of a lack of dedicated on-street accessible parking spaces around downtown civic buildings and public institutions. Staff targeted specific downtown destinations that would warrant these spaces. They include the Raleigh Municipal Building, Wake County Justice Center and the North Carolina Museums of History and Natural Sciences.

All of the dedicated accessible parking spaces are located at the end of a metered zone, closest to the curb cuts for easier passenger side and rear discharge for wheelchair accessibility. Accessible on-street parking spaces will be located at the shortest and safest distance to get onto the sidewalk. Staff reviewed these spots to confirm that each have sufficient space for a lift to lower onto the sidewalk without any obstructions. Most of the proposed spots will need proper signage but little to no infrastructure changes will need to be made.

More information: accessible parking and using Raleigh’s parking pay stations or call the ParkLink Office at 919-996-3996.

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