An access aisle is the striped area adjacent to an accessible parking space. The purpose of an access aisle is to provide space for an individual with a disability to transfer between a vehicle in the accessible space and a mobility device, like a wheelchair or scooter. It is important to keep an access aisle clear so it can be used for its intended purpose. To comply with the law, an access aisle for a car parking space must be at least 5-feet wide. For a van, however, the access aisle must be at least 8-feet wide—though if a van-accessible parking space is at least 11-feet wide, the access aisle need be only 5-feet wide. The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design contain the scoping and technical requirements for access aisles.
The ADA and Parking
Accessible parking is a common feature in parking lots—and a common topic in questions posed on the...