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Pedestrians in a crosswalk near South Station in Boston.A woman in a wheelchair and her service dog traveling on a city sidewalk.Cars traveling around a rotary/roundabout.People sitting at an outdoor café on Newbury Street in Boston.A wheelchair user boarding a trolley in Portland, Oregon.A woman and her service dog at a crosswalk with detectable warnings in San Francisco.

Inclusive Pedestrian Environments:
Resources and Recommendations

Project Number: 454-6211-01-101
Contractor: Adaptive Environments
Funder: Project ACTION

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.