CDG explores ADA
CDG has been working with This Inclusive Life to plan routes for accessibility walks in the Twin Cities.
This Inclusive Life is a new consulting firm run by Kjensmo Walker who plans accessibility walks, holds equity trainings, and fosters leadership development.
Here are a few things we are looking for as we walk the streets of the Twin Cities.
- Are there flat landings at the top and bottom of ramped sidewalks?
- Is the surface free of bumps and slip resistant?
- Is the sidewalk 4-feet wide to allow for ease of access? Is there a 2-meter clearance height?
- Are there any hazards that stick into this 4-foot access-way?
- Is the sidewalk free of debris?
- Is the cross slope gentle enough that wheelchairs can wheel straight at ease?
- Are there tactile warnings near obstructions or drop-offs?
- Is there a curb ramp available at all crossings?
- Does the curb ramp opening lie completely within the crosswalk?
- Does the curb ramp have domes for texture?
- Are there audible crosswalks that speak the name of the street and safe crossing times?
- Is the walkway made of gravel or materials that make it difficult for wheelchairs or the visually impaired?
- Are there announcements for departure times at transit stops?
- Are informational signs available in Braille?
- Are water fountains and other amenities accessible to all?
- Are there guardrails available for large drop-offs?
Almost all people are limited at some point in their lives whether it is when they are a child, a person with a broken limb, a senior, etc. It is important that anyone who wants to use a public space is able to safely do so. Through our design efforts at CDG, we work to make sure that spaces we create are accessible by all.