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#270 Accessible Maps Plugin

For people who use a wheelchair or have limited mobility, finding accessible routes can be challenging. And while accessible apps like Access Earth (https://access.earth) are amazing resources that provide users with information on accessible places to eat and drink, sleep, shop, and go out and about, mainstream mapping applications like Google Maps and Waze don't currently enable users to find accessible routes.

Location

Across Baltimore City

Timeline

Oct 24, 2021

Today

Sep 26, 2019

Created

Why it matters

Over 95,000 Baltimoreans -- 15.5% of the city's population -- have a disability. And for those who have limited mobility, simply getting around Baltimore can be a huge challenge. While able-bodied residents take for granted that they can plan out their routes using tools like Google Maps, people with limited mobility often don't have an easy, reliable way to find out if they will be able to access the places they are trying to go. Sources: https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/statistics/scc.php http://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/baltimore-population/

What does "good" look like?

Users with limited mobility are able to use major mapping applications to find accessible routes.

How could technology solve this?

Technology could help alleviate this problem in many ways. But a simple fix could be to create a plugin for major mapping applications that could allow users to customize their routes based on accessibility.