Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility


Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Civil Rights staff presented a two-day course “designed to ensure that pedestrian facilities and access routes are properly constructed and maintained for all individuals, including those with disabilities.”  Michelle Hansen, other transportation design consultants,  and various municipal and CDOT staff learned to apply current laws, guidelines and Best Practices from PROWAG (Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines) to elements such as:


-Curb ramps

-Pedestrian access routes

-Accessible pedestrian signals (APS)

-Pedestrian accessibility in work zones

Course presenters and participants practiced some active learning in the fresh air of Glenwood Springs through an outdoor exercise that provided an opportunity to experience challenges faced by blind pedestrians and pedestrians in wheelchairs in a downtown setting.

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