The Americans with Disabilities Act requires government agencies to install ramps wherever a curb creates barriers to sidewalks and intersections. It also requires sidewalks to be accessible to all users.
The U.S. Access Board audited the City of Atlanta in 2009. It’s findings: city streets violated numerous ADA requirements . Most important to pedestrians: Atlanta had failed to install curb ramps at many intersections when it resurfaced streets. But that’s not all:
- Curb ramps have little value to wheelchair users on broken or uneven sidewalks .
- Broken sidewalks create tripping hazards to people with visual impairments.
- Many curb ramps, even ones that were installed recently, have excessive slopes or lack tactile strips or level landings.
Following the audit, the City agreed to install curb ramps on all streets that had been resurfaced since 1992. Atlanta’s infrastructure bonds, which voters approved in March 2015, dedicate $5 million to curb ramps. With your help, we can ensure that new curb ramps and sidewalks meet the needs of people who have disabilities.
Please use our hazard reporting tool to report missing curb ramps and other problems.