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MBPO Report: Fewer Than 10 Percent of Broadway Curb Cuts ADA-Compliant

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Standing this morning at Broadway and East 11th Street, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued a report finding that fewer than 10 percent of curb cuts along the entire length of Broadway in Manhattan fully comply with the specifications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), whose 25th anniversary was celebrated last Sunday.

“If fewer than 10 percent of our curb cuts are up to code and accessible on our longest, most recognizable commercial street, we have a problem,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “The ADA’s 25th anniversary isn’t just a time to celebrate the progress we’ve achieved – it’s a time to double down on the work that still needs to be done to make our city safe, navigable, and welcoming for New Yorkers with disabilities.”

Starting in September 2014, more than 40 staff and volunteers from the Manhattan Borough President’s Office surveyed 1,357 locations where curb cuts are mandated by law along Broadway, from Bowling Green through Inwood. Of those locations, only 1,209 curb cuts could be located and measured. The remaining 142 curb cuts (10.5 percent) counted as missing were either entirely absent or obstructed by barriers. In addition:

  • 6 percent led directly into a pothole
  • 18 percent were blocked by street furniture such as garbage cans, newsstands, or scaffolding
  • 24 percent were crumbling
  • 28 percent were too steeply sloped to comply with ADA specifications, and
  • Nearly 90 percent were missing the required “bumps” to warn vision-impaired New Yorkers of the presence of a ramp

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