Accessible Sidewalks, Shared Use Paths, and Street Crossings

Thursday, February 7, 2019
2:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


Ensuring access to public streets and sidewalks can be a challenge since new guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way have yet to finalized. This webinar will review resources that can be consulted in the interim, namely the guidelines that the Access Board previously proposed for public rights-of-way and shared use paths. Presenters will discuss common access issues and solutions and review proposed requirements for sidewalks and street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, detectable warnings, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, street furniture, transit stops and other components of public rights-of-way and shared use paths.
The webinar will review the scoping and technical requirement found in both the PROWAG and 2013 SNPRM which address access requirement for sidewalks, shared use paths, and pedestrian street crossings. The webinar will also discuss requirements for other pedestrian facilities and elements found in the right-of-way such as accessible pedestrian signals, curb ramps, and transit stops


Juliet Shoultz Transportation Engineer, Office of Technical and Information Services
Scott Windley Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services

Questions for presenters:

  • Discussion of MEF being applicable to new intersection accessibility designs on steep, hilly sites. Also, for sites where the surrounding road grades do not comply with traditional accessibility requirements, how does that affect accessible intersection design (meaning all roads leading to an intersection do not meet typical accessibility requirements)?
  • It seems that accessible sidewalks in NYC are increasingly in a terrible state, and becoming worse. I am from Disabled in Action, a disability advocacy group in NYC. Should we notify the department of traffic about this issue? Is the sad state of affairs all about money?
  • In what way do the guidelines address the prevalence of dock-less scooters and bikes? These are motorized scooters and bikes that individuals can use through a mobile app. After a person rides one and reaches their destination they leave it on the sidewalk, frequently obstructing the walkway.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5