Clearing Our Path

Creating accessible environments ­for people with vision loss

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Design Needs

Design Basics

Exteriors and Interiors

Exterior Design Elements

Interior Design Elements

Regular Maintenance

Check paths of travel frequently for uneven surfaces and damage. Unit pavers such as bricks can provide effective textural contrast, but they must be checked regularly, as they often shift through the effects of settlement or frost heaving. This can cause a tripping hazard. Ideally, unit paving should be installed over a concrete substructure to prevent movement.

Repair problems immediately, preferably at a time of low pedestrian traffic.

When a path of travel requires repair or becomes unusable because of nearby construction, an alternate path should be provided.

Whenever possible, provide notification on proposed maintenance activities in advance, so that pedestrians can plan an alternate accessible route.

Temporary pathways should be laid out logically, following a right-angled design if possible. If the temporary pathways will be used for an extended period of time, they should incorporate directional cues, such as:

Where temporary pathways direct pedestrians along a vehicular roadway, a physical barrier should be placed to separate pedestrians and vehicles.