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Designing Accessible Sidewalks and Trails - Part II

Vincent D. Reynolds, MBA, PE

Sidewalks and trails serve pedestrians by providing access to businesses, schools, parks, and commercial districts. All sidewalks and trails should be designed to meet the needs of all users. When accessible facilities are available for all, people with disabilities are better able to participate in the community because it becomes easier for them to reach their destination.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits the construction of facilities that are not accessible to those with disabilities. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) set forth several guidelines that must be followed in order when designing sidewalks and trails for access.

This course will provide the reader with the knowledge to use the text to aid in designing accessible sidewalk and trails. The course materials are based solely on the FHWA document “Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access, Part II of II: Best practices design.”

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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