Montgomery County has recently released a guide to facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recently releases a first-of-its-kind design guide titled Planning and Designing Streets to be Safer and More Accessible for People with Vision Disabilities. The guide will facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision by outlining optimized strategies for public engagement, staff training, and improved pedestrian walkway design.
“Montgomery County is leading the nation with this guide on inclusive infrastructure design,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “Throughout COVID-19, our residents have enjoyed spending more time outdoors and walking. It is imperative that safe and accessible walkways and gathering spaces are built with everyone in mind.”
“MCDOT aims to make our urban environment and transit centers accessible and safe for everyone,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin. “The guide was developed through a process of extensive community involvement, feedback and corresponding technical adjustments. Implementation of these recommendations will undoubtedly improve the lives of our residents and will set an example to support improvements on a national level.”
The work was funded through assistance from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s (MWCOG) Transportation Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program. The guide and toolkit are intended to be a resource for the entire region.