CDG explores ADA

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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.

Sidewalks

  • 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?

Curb Ramps

  • 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?

Other Thoughts

  • 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.