Designing Pedestrian Facilities For Accessibility

Zoom Webinar
March 9-10
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Facilities in the public right-of-way (including walkways, ramps, curb ramps and turning spaces, detectable warning surfaces, crosswalks, and pedestrian overpasses and underpasses) must be designed, constructed and maintained to serve all users. To meet the needs of all users, those involved with designing, building and maintaining infrastructure in the public right-of-way need a clear understanding of the wide range of abilities that occur within the population and of the challenges faced by persons with disabilities. This information will be conveyed via discussion, photographs and videos. The objectives of this course are to identify applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards pertaining to accessibility in the public right-of-way, distinguish requirements for ensuring accessibility in existing facilities versus work in new construction and alterations, review design elements necessary for achieving accessibility, and describe best practices.

The target audience for this class is state and local agency personnel with responsibility for designing, constructing and maintaining facilities in the public right-of-way. These include engineers, technicians, MPO staff, public works directors, street supervisors, crew leaders, and inspectors. Consulting engineers, landscape architects, and contractors working for state and local agencies should also find this session useful.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

•   Legal Requirements •   Pedestrian Crossings
•   Characteristics of Pedestrians with Disabilities •   Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS)
•   Pedestrian Access Routes (PAR) •   Street Furniture and On-Street Parking
•   Curb Ramps and other Transitions •   Criteria for Accessibility in the Public Right-of-Way (PROWAG and ADAAG)
•   Detectable Warnings