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About this Project

The City of Poulsbo would like to hear from citizens about how to make the City more accessible to everyone. We need your help to do this!

Plan Development

The City is creating a plan for how we identify, prioritize, and remove barriers to City facilities, programs, activities, and services, specifically for citizens with disabilities. This plan, known as the ADA Transition Plan, will be a guidance document used by the City of Poulsbo to identify and remove physical barriers in public right-of-way, as well as barriers to its facilities, programs, activities, and services, which prevent individuals with disabilities to fully participate in civic life.

Your input is valuable in the development of this document that will guide the planning and implementation of actions to improve accessibility for all citizens equally.

 

Phases

The plan will be developed in phases.  For the first phase, we are asking for your help to identify where barriers to accessibility are in our city, specifically in the public right-of-way (such as sidewalks, roadways, bicycle lanes, etc.).  Future phases will address barriers to facilities, programs, activities, and services.

The first step of each phase is self-evaluation. For the public right-of-way phase, the City has sent staff as data collectors throughout the City to measure and record accessibility infrastructure within the public right-of-way. The recent inventory counted approximately 1,000 curb ramps, 2,600 driveways, 460 crosswalks, and 200,000 lineal feet of sidewalk. Approximately 70% of the curb ramps, 65% of the driveways, and 25% of crosswalks were identified as out of compliance and in need of replacement. Additionally, 1,500 instances of trip hazards, obstacles, obstructions, sidewalk cross slopes, or other issues were identified throughout the sidewalk network that create accessible barriers.

 

Public Input

The self-evaluation phase also relies on broad feedback from the public. Input from the public will help to identify and prioritize locations and deficiencies.  While the plan will benefit greatly from feedback from those with disabilities, or those who provide support for someone with disabilities, feedback is welcome from everyone in Poulsbo by taking the survey and/or using the online reporting tool.  After a technical evaluation and rating process, we will seek public feedback on priorities and the draft plan which will be available on our website.

 

Timeline 2021

February – Survey and reporting tool available on-line to report barriers and provide comments to the City

March – Data analysis completed by City

May – Draft plan posted on website for comments

October – Adoption of plan

How to Help

Who can help?

Anyone and everyone! You are the key to the success of our project! We want to hear from you!

How can you help?

Survey

Fill out our ONLINE SURVEY to provide feedback on your experiences in the City.

Reporting Tool

Use the MOBILE/ONLINE REPORTING TOOL. You can identify and report specific barriers online or when you are out in the community via your mobile phone or tablet. If you use the reporting tool, we hope you will take the survey also!

Examples of barriers to report

Cracked or uneven sidewalks

Cracked or uneven sidewalks

Obstructions in the sidewalk

Inaccessible / inaudible crosswalk push-buttons

No ramps at curbs or intersections

Curb ramps at intersections without a detectable warning surface

The ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that public entities having responsibility for, or authority over: facilities, streets, roads, sidewalks and/or other areas meant for public use develop a Transition Plan to make their facilities meet accessibility standards. To read more about the ADA, please visit: https://www.ada.gov/ada_intro.htm .

Both the Self-Evaluation and the Transition Plan are required elements of the federally mandated ADA Title II, which requires that government agencies provide equal access to programs and services they offer. While the ADA applies to all aspects of government services, this Plan focuses exclusively on the public right-of-way which includes sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian crossings and pedestrian push buttons. The Self-Evaluation will inform the development of a transition plan to prioritize and schedule the removal of barriers identified during the self- evaluation process.

 

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The City of Poulsbo assures full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by prohibiting discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, and sex in provisions of benefits and services resulting from programs and activities.

For more information please visit the City of Poulsbo Title VI Program or contact the City of Poulsbo Title VI Coordinator at 360-779-3901.

Contact Us

If you want to reach out to us, have project-specific questions, or wish to make a reasonable request for accomodation, we are here for you!

Email: EngineeringDept@cityofpoulsbo.comcreate new email

Phone: (360) 394-9882