Countywide Bikeways Facilities should use best practices for accessibility and universal design. Design bikeways for people bicycling of all ages and abilities (AAA), including those using adaptive bicycles. Designers should also consider and design for the needs of people with disabilities navigating near or crossing the bikeway.
Beyond Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, designs should consider the comfort and navigation experience from the perspective of local people with disabilities, including those with visual impairments, those using wheeled mobility devices, and those debarking from transit, paratransit, or private vehicles.
The U.S. Access Board has developed proposed guidelines under the ADA that address access to facilities within public rights-of-way. These guidelines, the (Proposed) Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) provide detail on application of the ADA on public streets and shared-use paths. Getting to the Curb, published by WalkSF, offers accessibility considerations for separated bike lanes and is a good example of user-focused design consideration.
(Proposed) Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility GuidelinesFor guidance on accessibility requirements for shared-use paths, designers should refer to PROWAG, published by the U.S. Access Board. Chapter R3. Technical Requirements and the Supplemental Notice on Shared Use Paths are the most relevant to designers for shared use paths. PROWAG guidance on shared use paths includes detailed requirements on spaces that are meant to be shared with bicycles and pedestrians, to ensure they are accessible for people with disabilities. These details include:
- Continuous clear width required
- Grade and cross slope
- Doors, doorways, gates, and protruding objects
- Curb ramps and blended transitions
- Considerations for conflicts between shared use path users