The new law requires cities to work with disability parking permit holders when removing, modifying, or relocating disability parking spaces to designate a bikeway.
The omnibus transportation bill passed during the June special session, First Special Session Chapter 5, adds requirements to Minnesota Statutes, section 160.263 when designating bikeways on roads with disability parking space restrictions. The legislation took effect Aug. 1, 2021.
The measure establishes requirements for a governing body that is considering designating a bikeway on a segment of road where an existing disability parking space is already designated (pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 169.346, subdivision 2). The governing body must work with the parking space’s person of record to determine if it is in use and may be removed, modified, or relocated to a mutually agreeable location.
If the parties reach an agreement, the road authority must establish the agreement in public record to remove, modify, or relocate the disability parking space. If there is no agreement, the governing body must do one of the following:
- Designate the bikeway in a manner that does not eliminate or interfere with the parking space.
- Establish a disability parking space at the nearest possible location to facilitate a continuous designated bikeway.
The city must work with the person who is identified on file as the requester to establish the disability parking space. If this individual does not use the disability parking space, they may delegate the authority for an agreement or may negotiate on behalf of another individual who primarily uses the disability parking space.