This project addresses pedestrian environments as a key factor in the nationís access to and use of public transportation by people with disabilities. The intent was to produce a comprehensive, annotated collection of current materials that address the training of practitioners and the creation, design and maintenance of accessible pedestrian environments that would identify gaps in the current body of knowledge and patterns of training and practice in order to enable ESPA and others to focus future activities.
Almost 400 sources were identified and approximately 150 were chosen for inclusion. Those varied from textbooks to state and municipal pedestrian design guides to research articles, web-based information and multi-media material culled from several fields. A set of hypotheses were developed and refined with the National Advisory Board as patterns emerged. Those form the basis of the recommendations.