Blue zone parking campaign launched

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The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – (COD-NL) is inviting the public to join in its Blue Zone Pass It On social media campaign.

The organization is asking businesses, media and anyone interested to notice blue zone spaces, what works, what doesn't work or ask questions about any concerns with the designated parking spots.

“The main reason for this campaign is to raise awareness of respect for accessibility for our citizens and tourists with disabilities," COD-NL president Michelle Murdoch said. "It is to celebrate good examples of Blue Zone spaces that work and to explain why some spaces are not as functional.”

 She said COD-NL is asking businesses throughout the province to take a moment and look at their blue zone parking spaces and whether they meet the requirements of the Building Accessibility Code.

 A designated mobility parking space is supposed to be no less than 3,9 metres wide and contain at least 1.5 metres of access aisle. Also, all buildings, subject to the Buildings Accessibility Regulations, must have permanently installed vertical signage and painted spaces, which must include the international symbol for accessibility.  Companies that violate these signage requirements could face fines between $1,000 and $25,000.

 “Spaces marked for persons with disabilities are not a special privilege, but it allows persons with mobility disabilities to participate in an active society which all want to be part of and we need respect for these spaces," said Kelly White, COD-NL executive director.

COD-NL also says, "If your Business has great blue zone parking, we are asking you to tweet it out with the #NLCODNL and #BlueZone send it to COD-NL and we will post on our Facebook page. Join us, you can make change happen."

 

Organizations: COD-NL, Coalition of Persons, Blue Zone

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  • david
    July 15, 2013 - 08:36

    Yes...because people can't see the big, blue coloured parking spot when they drive over it. Or understand what the big 'wheelchair' sign 3 feet in front of their face actually means as they shut off their engine.. Great idea. I'm sure this is money well spent....again.

  • Marg
    July 12, 2013 - 19:17

    These Blue Zones are greatly abused by inconsiderate people. I know of a lady who walks around Mundy Pond, and then afterwards on most days goes shopping and parks in a Blue Zone. She has a blue and white wheelchair sign and puts it on her dashboard. Can these signs be obtained that easily?

  • philly
    July 12, 2013 - 15:22

    Give some of the idiots parked in the blue spots tickets. The city needs to do it's job clearing blue spaces and fire lanes.

  • AMP
    July 12, 2013 - 14:15

    Good idea! I seen a guy park his truck at Walmart taking up 4 blue zone spaces at the same time....parked right in the middle of them all and hopped out of his truck and ran in shopping, couldn't believe the ignorance! Some people need to be made more aware. In the meantime....some spaces are not marked well enough, the vertical signs are a must in the winter when the blue paint could be covered in snow. It would be awful for somebody to accidently park there and get a $400 ticket. A $400 ticket would be a major burden on most families. I think people should get the option to volunteer to assist a disabled person for a specified amount of time instead of paying the fine.

  • Bill
    July 12, 2013 - 11:41

    It's all good to raise awareness on Blue Zones but do your organization advocate any other issues on disability? Cause when I read about COD-NL its only Blue Zones