Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the City of Bloomington. Bloom has republished it here with edits for style and clarity.
The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility’s Transportation and Mobility Committee will host a community conversation called “Increasing Pedestrian Accessibility Opportunities for All” on Monday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will offer an opportunity to discuss the following issues:
- How can we ensure that our future transportation and mobility planning needs serve people with disabilities?
- How do we make others aware of the accessibility challenges that people with disabilities, their advocates, and the elderly face in navigating various pedestrian infrastructure?
- How do we increase independence in mobility and walkability for people with disabilities in our community?
The hybrid event will be held in person at the Switchyard Park Pavilion and on Zoom, with registration available here. There will be a 50-person cap on in-person attendance, with COVID-19 protocols in place. Transportation will be provided to attendees if needed.
The agenda for the day is as follows:
- 8:30–9 a.m.—Breakfast with pastries, fruit, and coffee.
- 9–10 a.m.—A talk on pedestrian accessibility and safety in the public right of way by Melissa Anderson, ADA program analyst, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
- 10 a.m.–noon—Mobility needs assessment in small groups on different pedestrian routes around the city.
- Noon–1 p.m.—Debrief with a panel of experts from Health-by-Design, as well as the speaker, over lunch.
Funding is provided by ADA-Indiana and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities.
For more information, including a complete list of Council for Community Accessibility activities and volunteer opportunities, visitbloomington.in.gov/cca or contact Special Projects Coordinator Michael Shermis at [email protected] or 812-349-3471.