Author: Nick Wehr

ADA 101 – Handrail Height

Graphic with ADAS 505.4 text and two pictures, one picture of a non-compliant handrail and one of complaint handrails. 2010 ADAS 505.4 –  Handrail Height

Top of gripping surfaces of handrails shall be 34 inches minimum and 38 inches maximum vertically above walking surfaces, stair nosings, and ramp surfaces. Handrails shall be at a consistent height above walking surfaces, stair nosings, and ramp surfaces.

Advisory 505.4 Handrail Height. The requirements for stair and ramp handrails in this document are for adults. When children are the principal users in a building or facility (e.g., elementary schools), a second set of handrails at an appropriate height can assist them and aid in preventing accidents. A maximum height of 28 inches measured to the top of the gripping surface from the ramp surface or stair nosing is recommended for handrails designed for children. Sufficient vertical clearance between upper and lower handrails, 9 inches minimum, should be provided to help prevent entrapment.

Code according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

E-Scooters and Mopeds Are Barriers In some Cases

E-Sccoters on Sidewalk

Dock-less E-scooters have arrived in most major cities.  Some people see them as a great solution to congested streets and reducing emissions.  Others see them as an eyesore and want them banned or their use restricted. Most of us would simply like to see them used and most parked more responsibly.  An E-scooter left in the middle of a public walkway is a barrier to those with limited mobility and a potential tripping hazard to anyone, especially those with low vision.  

In Washington DC, residents and the city are working together to find a solution to the unintended consequences of the E-scooter revolution.  The city recently announced it will add electric mopeds to its roster of shareable vehicles. According to Deborah Barnes, who is in a wheelchair and has low vision, “A lot of times the sidewalks are narrow and there’s a scooter blocking me which means that I have to go all the way back to the beginning of the block, cross the street at the curb cut, and then come back down on the other side.”  The city is working to resolve the concerns.  “We have provided parking for dock-less scooters and bikes, to include over 400 bike racks and in-street corrals at 20 locations across the District. We’ve added new requirements as necessary, including a “lock-to” requirement last fall, requiring dock-less bikes to be tethered to a bike rack or other street furniture,” said Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian.

E-scooters are here to stay.  City managers would do well to assess unintended consequences of new technologies and changes in general modes of transportation.  Perhaps more importantly, those using these services should take a little time to consider where they are leaving these scooters; keeping in mind how it may impact others who also want to get around their city with efficiency too. 

Source:
Ines de La Cuetara, WUSA 9 News 5:27 PM EDT August 12, 2019
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/washingtonians-with-disabilities-worried-about-dockless-mopeds/65-d5b6f9ca-2df9-477c-b2aa-467d86496998

ADA 101 – Vision Lights

ADA 101 graphic, blue background, top half contains ADAS 2010 section 404.2.11 Vision Lights text in white lettering, bottom half contains two pictures, left picture is of a non compliant glazed panel in a grey door, the right picture is a graphic of two doors with measurement lines showing compliant glazing panels, below the pictures are a disclaimer to check local accessibility laws, the BlueDAG logo and bluedag.com.

2010 ADAS 404.2.11 – Vision Lights
Doors, gates, and side lights adjacent to doors or gates, containing one or more glazing panels that permit viewing through the panels shall have the bottom of at least one glazed panel located 43 inches maximum above the finish floor.

EXCEPTION:Vision lights with the lowest part more than 66 inches from the finish floor or ground shall not be required to comply with 404.2.11.

Code according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards

New York City Settlement requires survey of 162,000 sidewalk curbs

vehicles traveling on road near buildings during daytime in New York City

Photo by Toni Osmundson on Unsplash

Accessible public right-of-ways are good for everyone. Gentle slopes, well defined landings and wide smooth pathways are all convenient for the able user. However, for some, they are more than convenient, they provide a path to independence that would otherwise be unattainable.  

In New York City, municipal administrators are starting important work to identify inaccessible sidewalks and curbs, and integrate them into a remediation plan. This work follows the resolution to two lawsuits. “U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels gave the final approval of a class action settlement resolving two separate lawsuits—the first filed by the United Spinal Association and the second by the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY)—and establishing a plan that will require citywide surveys of all ramps and identify which corners need curb cuts installed or upgraded.”

ADA compliance issues and lawsuits are becoming more common by the day. Municipalities have a choice to be proactive and move toward compliance and inclusiveness, or become the targets of lawsuits and DOJ investigations.

Source:
City to make more sidewalk curbs accessible
Lizeth Beltran, Crain’s New York Business  
July 23, 2019

https://www.crainsnewyork.com/transportation/city-make-more-sidewalk-curbs-accessible

 

Dutchess County, NY, Awards $112,000 of Accessibility Grants

Dutches County Courthouse, brick building with grey moldings and trim

By Daniel Case, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3357429

Funding public works can be challenging, even more so for smaller cities and towns. However, with a little effort and resolve, ways and means are found.  

Today, we feature Dutchess County, New York, and their 2019 Municipal Innovation Grant Program. The program is a great example of helping smaller municipalities cope with the costs of improving accessibility for everyone and ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  County Executive Marc Molinaro said in a recent bulletin, “Dutchess County’s pledge to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY’ about our friends and neighbors living with disabilities is unparalleled, and these grant awards are the latest fulfillment of that promise.”

We here at BlueDAG hope to see more initiatives like the Dutchess County 2019 Municipal Innovation Grant Program in the future. Don’t you?

Source
Molinaro Announces $112,000 in Accessibility Awards
Dutchess County Bulletin
July 26, 2019
https://bit.ly/31dHPuT

ADA 101 – Door and Gate Surfaces

404.2.10 Door and Gate Surfaces - Swinging door and gate surfaces within 10 inches of the finish floor or ground measured vertically shall have a smooth surface on the push side extending the full width of the door or gate. Parts creating horizontal or vertical joints in these surfaces shall be within 1/16 inch of the same plane as the other. Cavities created by added kick plates shall be capped.

2010 ADAS 404.2.10 – Door and Gate Surfaces
Swinging door and gate surfaces within 10 inches of the finish floor or ground measured vertically shall have a smooth surface on the push side extending the full width of the door or gate. Parts creating horizontal or vertical joints in these surfaces shall be within 1/16 inch of the same plane as the other. Cavities created by added kick plates shall be capped.

Code according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

ADA 101 – Handrail Extensions at Ramps

505.10.1 Handrail Extensions at Ramps Ramp handrails shall extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beyond the top and bottom of ramp runs. Extensions shall return to a wall, guard, or the landing surface, or shall be continuous to the handrail of an adjacent ramp run.

2010 ADAS 505.10.1 – Handrail Extensions at Ramps
Ramp handrails shall extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beyond the top and bottom of ramp runs. Extensions shall return to a wall, guard, or the landing surface, or shall be continuous to the handrail of an adjacent ramp run.

Code according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

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