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New Hampshire Governor’s Accessibility Award goes to The Nature Conservancy

The new accessible trail in the Ossipee Pine Barrens

The new accessible trail in the Ossipee Pine Barrens. Photo by Jeff Lougee

Connecting with nature is a path to healing and positive growth for many people.  Creating the infrastructure to help make natural spaces accessible to people of all abilities is an ambitious and worthy effort we can all support.  In recognition of this kind of work, the “New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Disability recently honored The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire for the creation of an accessible trail at the Ossipee Pine Barrens Preserve.”

The individuals and organizations chosen to receive the Governor’s Accessibility Award are recognized for their initiatives that embody the mission of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Awards like these are a great way for public officials to highlight the important work of private and non-profit organizations in helping create accessible communities.  

Source:
Nature Conservancy wins Governor’s Accessibility Award 
By: Staff Writer Sep 24, 2019 Updated Sep 25, 2019
https://www.conwaydailysun.com/business/local/nature-conservancy-wins-governor-s-accessibility-award/article_19f10440-dbc1-11e9-9da3-2b97d479c6d8.html

ADA 101 – Doors in Series and Gates in Series

ADA 101 Info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 404.2.6 text and example pictures ADAS 2010 404.2.6 Doors in Series and Gates in Series

The distance between two hinged or pivoted doors in series and gates in series shall be 48 inches minimum plus the width of doors or gates swinging into the space.

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 – Clear Width at Turn

ADA 101 Info graphic with ADAS 2010 403.5.2 text and example pictures2010 ADAS 403.5.2 Clear Width at Turn

Where the accessible route makes a 180 degree turn around an element which is less than 48 inches wide, clear width shall be 42 inches minimum approaching the turn, 48 inches minimum at the turn and 42 inches minimum leaving the turn.

EXCEPTION: Where the clear width at the turn is 60 inches minimum compliance with 403.5.2 shall not be required.

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

 

San Diego, Balancing City Initiatives and ADA Accessibility

San Diego North Park sign at dusk

The City of San Diego, like many others, is working to improve its transportation infrastructure and reduce its carbon footprint. With initiatives like the City’s Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero project, they are taking these challenge head on. However, some worry that ADA accessibility may take a back seat during these and other projects like the upcoming 30th Street Protected Bikeways Mobility Project in North Park.

According to Christina Chadwick, senior press secretary for the mayor’s office, “The project will, without question, be consistent with all legally-required and applicable laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Safe and accessible infrastructure for all residents, including those with disabilities, is a priority for the City.” Some are rightfully questioning if meeting legal requirements is the best the City can do. Disability rights advocate Kent Rodricks said, “The key for me in this scenario is proximity, proximity. I need to be the closest that I can be to the major points of interest.”  While both sides recognize the need to work together to find a mutually agreeable solution, it falls on the City’s Mobility Board to make recommendations relating to the development and maintenance of ADA accessibility.

Facilitating discussions with stakeholders and working toward compromise is a difficult yet sensible path. When long-term projects are under review, it just makes sense to take the time to analyze the impacts on the entire community and seek public comment. These spaces are for everyone, of every ability, and should be designed as such.

Source:
Disability advocates urge San Diego to consider impact of North Park parking project on accessibility
By ANDREA LOPEZ-VILLAFAÑA AUG. 22, 2019 6:05 PM, The San Diego Union-Tribune
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/san-diego/story/2019-08-22/disability-advocates-urge-san-diego-to-consider-impact-of-north-park-parking-project-on-accessibility

ADA 101 – Walking Surface Slope

ADA 101 info-graphic with ADAS 2010 403.3 text and example pictures

2010 ADAS 403.3 Walking Surfaces Slope

The running slope of walking surfaces shall not be steeper than 1:20 (5%). The cross slope of walking surfaces shall not be steeper than 1:48 (2%).

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 – Walking Surfaces Clear Width

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 403.5.1 text and example pictures2010 ADAS 403.5.1 Walking Surfaces – Clear Width

Except as provided in 403.5.2 and 403.5.3, the clear width of walking surfaces shall be 36 inches minimum.

EXCEPTION: The clear width shall be permitted to be reduced to 32 inches minimum for a length of 24 inches maximum provided that reduced width segments are separated by segments that are 48 inches long minimum and 36 inches wide minimum.

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 – Operable Parts

ADA 101 Info-graphic with ADAS 2010 309.4 text and two example pictures.

2010 ADAS 309.4 Operable Parts – Operation

Operable parts shall be operable with one hand and shall not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist. The force required to activate operable parts shall be 5 pounds maximum.

EXCEPTION: Gas pump nozzles shall not be required to provide operable parts that have an activating force of 5 pounds maximum.

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 – Vertical Clearance

ADA 101 Infographic with ADAS 2010 section 307.4 test and example picturesADAS 2010 307.4 – Vertical Clearance

Vertical clearance shall be 80 inches high minimum. Guardrails or other barriers shall be provided where the vertical clearance is less than 80 inches high. The leading edge of such guardrail or barrier shall be located 27 inches maximum above the finish floor or ground.

EXCEPTION: Door closers and door stops shall be permitted to be 78 inches minimum above the finish floor or ground.

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

$30M and 17 years for ADA compliant sidewalks in Springfield, MO

Sidewalk without a curb ramp

Ensuring sidewalks and curbs ramps are in compliance with ADA standards is good practice, and not just because it is the law. Gentle slopes, well defined landings and wide smooth pathways are all convenient for the able user, but they are essential elements for people with disabilities.  While much work has been done across the nation, many municipalities are discovering that large portions of their public right-of-ways are not in compliance with ADA.

The City of Springfield, Missouri, is no exception. “Starting in December 2017, the city conducted an eight-month survey of sidewalk and curb condition and compliance that showed just 40 percent of sidewalks were in the goal range of “good” or “very good” condition. The rest were “fair,” “marginal,” “poor” or, in 8 percent of cases, “very poor.”  Nearly 10,300 curb ramps were included in the survey as well with similar results. Now that the City understands is problem areas, it’s planning to fix them. Over the next 17 years, the City of Springfield will invest $30 million to fix its curb ramps and sidewalks.

For many municipalities, fixing public right-of-way barriers seems like an arduous task, but working to identify barriers is a critical first step to understanding where their needs are and integrating them into existing capital improvement projects.

Source:
Springfield has a $30M, 17-year plan to make hundreds of city sidewalks ADA compliant
Katie Kull, Springfield News-Leader August 18, 2019
https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2019/08/19/springfield-spend-millions-plan-make-sidewalks-ada-compliant/2030215001/

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