The Accessible Boulder: ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan is a project to ensure the accessibility of the city's transportation system for all mobility levels.

  1. Community Engagement

  2. Plan

  3. Implement

  4. Complete

Project Overview

The plan includes the development of a two-fold, future-thinking document. The ADA Self-Evaluation portion of the plan assesses how well the city’s transportation system—such as sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian signals and crossings, and transit stops—complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Self-Evaluation will look at existing policies and programs related to accessibility, engage with the public and inventory our transportation infrastructure to identify barriers and opportunities for improvement.

The ADA Transition portion of the plan will prioritize, plan and draft a schedule to make the improvements identified in the Self-Evaluation.

How Can I Get Involved?

ADA Self-Evaluation Complete - Thanks for Your Feedback!

Thanks to all who attended the July 29 Accessibility Panel! View the recording here.

Informed by extensive community feedback on accessibility challenges present in the city's transportation infrastructure (sidewalks, curb ramps, multi-use paths, pedestrian crossings and access to transit stops), staff created an ADA Self-Evaluation Plan. Thanks for your valuable input during the Plan's review phase.

An ADA Self-Evaluation Executive Summary PDF and Executive Summary Plain Text file are available for reference. We're excited to share key Self Evaluation findings with you as we move towards Transition Plan development in Fall 2021.

Sign-up for the ADA Plan email list to keep informed about upcoming events and feedback opportunities.

Let's Meet (Virtually, Too!)

You can also let us know of a related upcoming event your group or organization is hosting, and we would be happy to meet virtually or call-in to talk with you. Email Jenny Godwin, Transportation Planner at GodwinJ@bouldercolorado.gov.

What's Next?

Following completion of the ADA Self-Evaluation Plan phase in Summer 2021, the Accessible Boulder project team will launch the ADA Transition Plan in order to:

  • Prioritize accessibility improvements as outlined in the ADA Self-Evaluation
  • Develop both short and long term plans for implementation
  • Draft an improvements timeline, informed by prioritization feedback from staff and the community
  • Assign a cost to improvement categories, and outline outstanding funding needs
  • Identify key city departments and city stakeholders to assist with meeting our transportation accessibility goals
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ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan Timeline

Community Stories

We interviewed community members to learn more about their experiences with transportation accessibility in Boulder:

Why Is This Needed?

In Boulder, we believe that mobility for people of all abilities is a fundamental right. We strive to provide a transportation system with a variety of safe, accessible and sustainable travel options that connect people with each other and with the places they want to go. This builds a stronger community in which everyone feels a sense of belonging.

The ADA specifically requires public entities with more than 50 employees that have responsibility over streets and sidewalks to conduct a self-evaluation and create a transition plan that identifies the steps needed to bring the pedestrian infrastructure under their authority into compliance.

Additionally, the City of Boulder's Transportation Master Plan (TMP) supports a transportation system in which a wheelchair user can move safely and conveniently. The TMP Action Plan specifically calls for an ADA Transition Plan and for the convening of a Community Accessibility Coalition to understand and prioritize initiatives that increase mobility for people with disabilities.

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