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Resolution 01-02

Resolution 01-02

Requirement for the Installation of Sidewalks

WHEREAS, the public is entitled to access in public rights-of-way; and

WHEREAS, many miles of public rights-of-way in the United States have been developed in such a way that only motor vehicular access is provided; and

WHEREAS, neither the Americans with Disabilities Act nor any other national law requires jurisdictions to provide sidewalks; and

WHEREAS, sidewalks are necessary for safety and access by all;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that America Walks recommends to the Access Board, to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and to the U.S. Department of Justice that they cooperate to identify a mechanism to require that, whenever a road is constructed or reconstructed in a public right-of-way in an urbanized area in the United States, sidewalks shall be included, and that they be clearly separated from bicycle lanes and roadways.