Palm Springs Claims Title as Most Accessible City in America Announced by the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism


PALM SPRINGS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 6, 2002--The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism has now launched its third and most complete edition of a Mobility Impaired Traveler's Guide to Palm Springs.

It is one of the most positive publications of its kind in the United States and includes specific measurements and photographs highlighting disabled access features at a variety of Palm Springs resorts. Also included are accessible visitor attractions, and Palm Springs public facilities such as the Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs International Airport, which are both fully accessible.

"The vision in producing the Mobility Impaired Traveler's Guide to Palm Springs was to provide consumers with a realistic guidebook to accessible lodging and visitor attractions. The idea is to provide enough information so that a visitor with a disability can make lodging reservations knowing in advance that the facilities will be accessible to his or her needs. As an example, mobility impaired travelers can now plan a trip to Palm Springs with confidence that they can reserve a room with a roll-in shower or that all the room controls and switches are within reach. It is my goal as ADA Coordinator for the City of Palm Springs to implement disabled access regulations governing businesses and the city as a whole," said Phil Kaplan.

Palm Springs by its very nature is easily accessible. Visualize a city that is flat with very few stairs and wide sidewalks. Most buildings throughout town are one story and if not, have elevators nearby. The downtown area is the most accessible in Palm Springs with curb ramps on every corner and each downtown parking lot has disabled parking spaces.

To assist with transportation, SunLine Transit Agency's fixed route SunBus service and SunDial paratransit vans are equipped with wheelchair lifts. Reservations for SunDial service must be made in advance by calling 760/341-6999. For SunBus trip planning and general information, call 760/343-3451.

For your free copy of the Mobility Impaired Traveler's Guide to Palm Springs call 800/347-7746 or 760/778-8418 or visit the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism's Web site at www.palm-springs.org.
CONTACT:

Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Jeff Hocker, 760/778-8415

jhocker@palm-springs.org

SOURCE: Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism