Access aisle

An access aisle is the striped area next to an accessible parking space. An access aisle provides 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.

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ADA Accessible Parking 101
Infographic titled 'ADA Accessible Parking 101' featuring a graphic of an accessible parking spot with arrows identifying aspects listed below.
 Accessible parking spaces must be provided whenever parking is provided including:
 Signage that includes the International Symbol of Accessibility.
 An adjacent access aisle is needed.
 Located on the shortest accessible route to an accessible entrance.
 1 of every 6 must be sized for vans.
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