ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas

This rulemaking covers access to trails, beaches, and picnic and camping areas and will supplement ADAAG by adding a new chapter on outdoor developed areas.

For information, go to the Access Board website at www.access-board.gov.

Designing Sidewalks & Trails for Access:

Part 1 - Review of Existing Guidelines and Practices

Part 2 - Best Practices Design Guide

Sidewalks and trails serve as critical links in the transportation network by providing pedestrian access to commercial districts, schools, businesses, government offices, and recreation areas. Because sidewalks and trails provide such fundamental services to the public, they should be designed to meet the needs of the widest possible range of users.

In an effort to determine when ADAAG provisions apply to sidewalks and trails, and to bridge the remaining gaps, the Federal Highway Administration sponsored a project to research existing conditions on sidewalks and trails for people with disabilities.

As part of Phase I of this project, an extensive literature review was conducted, site visits were made, and existing guidelines and recommendations for developing sidewalks and trails were compiled and analyzed.

Phase II of this project is a manual recommending accessible designs for sidewalk and trail facilities.

Part 1 - Review of Existing Guidelines and Practices

This report presents the findings of Phase 1 of a two-phased project focused on designing sidewalks and trails for access. It is a compilation of data and designs gathered during a comprehensive literature search and site visits conducted throughout the United States.

To view or order the report and for more information, go to the Federal Highway Administration website at www.fhwa.dot.gov.


Part 2 - Best Practices Design Guide

This guidebook is the 2nd part of a two-phased project focused on designing sidewalks and trails for access. It was created to provide planners, designers, and transportation engineers with a better understanding of how sidewalks and trails should be developed to promote pedestrian access for all users, including people with disabilities.

To order the Design Guide, and for additional information, go to the Federal Highway Administration website at www.fhwa.dot.gov.