The Access Board is seeking public comment on a new initiative to develop accessibility guidelines for shared use paths which provide a means of transportation and recreation for various users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and others, including people with disabilities. T he new guidelines will provide technical provisions for incorporating accessibility into the construction or alteration of shared use paths covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and, in the case of those federally funded, the Architectural Barriers Act.
Through a notice published on March 28, the Board invites comment on the guidelines to be developed, including their scope of coverage and the definition of “shared use paths.” The Board also seeks feedback on draft technical provisions that address various features of paths, including surface characteristics, width, grade and cross slopes, changes in level, surface joints and openings, protruding objects, gates and barriers, and intersections and curb ramps. The notice explains these provisions and poses questions to the public on specific topics. The notice includes instructions for submitting comments, which are due by June 27, 2011. To learn more visit: http://www.access-board.gov/news/sup-notice.htm To read the full article published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2011 visit: http://www.access-board.gov/sup/anprm.htm.