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Customize Your Ottawa Business Parking Lot to be Aligned with AODA Standards

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) includes a standard for the design of public spaces, which specifies how parking lots should meet the needs of disabled people. As an Ottawa business owner, it’s important that you make your parking lot accessible so as not to disadvantage people with disabilities and their caregivers. EverLine Coatings offers a variety of parking lot maintenance services that can easily help you update your property and be prepared to receive all of your visitors.

What Are AODA Standards for Parking Lots?

Your Ottawa business must have parking spaces that are accessible to people with disabilities. It’s important to consider the design of these spaces carefully. For example, they may need to be larger than standard parking bays, as people who use mobility aids often need extra space. It’s also important to have them clearly marked as being reserved for people with disabilities.

The number of accessible parking spaces you are required to have depends on the total number of parking spaces the lot contains. You need some Type A parking spots, which are wide spaces that can accommodate someone using a wheelchair getting in and out of their vehicle. There are also specifications for the number of Type B spaces required. These are a standard width and designed for people using smaller mobility aids, such as a cane or crutches. They might be located close to the building to maximize convenience for people with reduced mobility.

Spaces between AODA-compliant parking bays should be marked with cross-hatching to prevent drivers from occupying those spaces. This hatching needs to be bright and highly visible, as drivers may start to ignore it if it’s badly faded. The best way to keep it bright is to ensure that it’s laid down using a premium traffic coating product.

You should also consider how people will move around your parking lot and provide walkways and crosswalks to ensure their safety. Parking lot signs can help make navigating the parking lot easier for everyone. Bollard covers can also protect your bollards while drawing attention to them, therefore keeping vehicles out of areas where they shouldn’t be.

Transform Your Parking Lot

If you own a business in Ottawa, it’s important to get started right away on making your parking lot compliant with AODA standards. The best way to do that is to partner with a parking lot service provider with expertise in AODA guidelines and regulations. That way, you can get on with your regular duties while your trusted partner gives your parking lot the regulation makeover it needs.

EverLine Coatings is Ready to Help

EverLine Coatings has plenty of experience working within the AODA rules and regulations that apply to parking lots in Ottawa. We’re more than ready to get your parking lot into a state of compliance. With services like parking lot line painting and stenciling, bollard covers and parking lot signs, we can transform Ottawa parking lots into safe, welcoming and, most importantly, accessible spaces that everyone can use equally.

To learn more about our approach to AODA compliance, or for more information about our custom parking lot line painting, stenciling, signs and bollard covers, please get in touch today for a free quote.

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