The Pedestrian Space

The Pedestrian Space

Please share barriers you have experienced in pedestrian areas. In addition to physical barriers and terrain type, provide information about any issues you experience with any way-finding applications while walking or rolling. Share any potential solutions you may have to remove the barrier, including what new technologies would be useful in doing so.
(@tamara)

The Pedestrian Space

Safe positioning of Curb Cuts

What I am noticing more and more in cities, specifically the city I live in which is NYC. Many curb cuts have been removed and replaced with curb cuts (or only one curb cut) that lead the mobility user directly into bike paths or directly in traffic because they don't appear to be proportionally aligned to the appropriate way to cross the street.

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(@zapowell)

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Potential Trip Planning Improvements

Within the past year, it is great to see that Google Maps is beginning to add route filters for wheelchair accessibility for public transportation. Sometimes these routes add on unnecessary amounts of time when people that use assistive devices could avoid by using multiple modes of transportation, private sidewalks/streets, and informal shuttles. Encouraging trip-planning apps to expand their route planning options can... more »

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(@cajellen)

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All New Construction Mandates

All new construction of office space, public venues, shopping areas and service providers should be mandated by state/local laws to provide safe pedestrian access for transit. These same laws should require that these areas be inspected and maintained over time. Older access areas should be upgraded and repaired in a timely way.

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(@kwiley01)

The Pedestrian Space

Pedestrian Barriers

Pedestrian Barriers for people with mobility impairments include: -Narrow paths of travel -Uneven terrain -Curb ramps that are too high, are missing the curb cut, or they are only on one side of the street -Sidewalks obstructed by public amenities and utilities -Poorly maintained pavement. Examine effective practices from the Walk-able Communities Initiative, for example, see: https://www.itdp.org/2018/02/07/pedestrians-first-walkability-tool/,... more »

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(@epolicyworks)

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Pedestrian Space at Bus Stops Unsafe for People w/Disabilities

Most of the time that is the most unsafe, most inaccessible and hardest to access part of public transportation system. Some cities will provide "deviations" if one lives without a certain distance from a nearby bus stop but it requires advanced notice. The deviations do not allow for placement on the same side of the street upon one's return to the pick-up point necessitating one to have to cross the street without any... more »

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(@bikepedx)

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Edge lane roads provide sidewalks

Almost one million miles of local and collector roads exist in the United States which do not possess sidewalks or an equivalent pedestrian facility. For a number of reasons including low funding priority, low traffic volumes, etc, many of these roads will not receive sidewalks for decades, if ever. Edge lane roads, also known as advisory bike lanes or advisory shoulders, provide an on-street, preferential space for... more »

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(@bikepedx)

The Pedestrian Space

Edge lane roads provide sidewalks

Almost one million miles of local and collector roads exist in the United States which do not possess sidewalks or an equivalent pedestrian facility. For a number of reasons including low funding priority, low traffic volumes, etc, many of these roads will not receive sidewalks for decades, if ever. Edge lane roads, also known as advisory bike lanes or advisory shoulders, provide an on-street, preferential space for... more »

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(@bikepedx)

The Pedestrian Space

Lack of sidewalks addressed by edge lane roads

Almost one million miles of local and collector roads exist in the United States which do not possess sidewalks or an equivalent pedestrian facility. For a number of reasons including low funding priority, low traffic volumes, etc, many of these roads will not receive sidewalks for decades, if ever. Edge lane roads, also known as advisory bike lanes or advisory shoulders, provide an on-street, preferential space for... more »

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(@jeffreydoyle1)

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Waiting areas along the road

Where I live in Danbury Connecticut they have signs along the busy roads saying that this is the bus stop. There's no way to safely sit out there in a wheelchair because you'd be sitting in the road. There's a curb between the sign you essentially have two stands next with sign next to a telephone pole. There should be a hut that you could get to with a wheelchair.

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(@scotth)

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Those yellow plastic ramps between sidewalk and street level

I witnessed a near fatality as a women being assisted with a care provider attempted to use this supposed accessibility accommodation. The plastic ramps has quarter sized raised portions which caught the wheel of a manual wheelchair. The women would have been thrown into traffic if not for the presence of the care giver who fought to keep the chair upright. Chevrons or wavy lines would not have this effect.

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(@philip.c.woodward)

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Scooter Education Campaign

I want to follow up on Rachel Beyerle's idea regarding micromobility and the pedestrian space. Scooters popped up all over downtown, Raleigh during the past year, and many were left in the middle of sidewalks by either the users or by the chargers who take them home to charge them overnight and then drop them off in the city the next day. The Raleigh Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities discussed the idea... more »

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