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Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access

Part II of II: Best Practices Design Guide

Picture of the cover of the print version of Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access Part II.

Note: This report was published in 2001. Accessibility guidelines and practices, and construction and maintenance techniques have evolved, and more current information is available in other reports and guidance. For example, see the US Access Board's reports and guidelines about public rights-of-way at, such as the Special Report: Accessible Public Rights of Way Planning and Designing for Alterations, and reports and guidelines about outdoor developed areas at The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has Accessibility Guidance available on its Accessibility Resource Library at Please see the following documents, which also cite FHWA's interpretation of related case law.


Program Manager:
Barbara McMillen

Beneficial Designs, Inc.
Julie B. Kirschbaum, B.A.
Peter W. Axelson, M.S.M.E., A.T.P.
Patricia E. Longmuir, M.S.C.
Kathleen M. Mispagel, M.S., C.T.R.S.
Julie A. Stein, B.A.
Denise A. Yamada, M.E., B.M.E.

Clay Butler
September 2001


There are numerous people who made significant contributions to the development of this guidebook as either reviewers or professional experts. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people:

Janet Barlow
Center for the Visually Impaired

B.L. Bentzen
Accessible Design for the Blind

Jim Coppock
City of Cincinnati, Ohio
Department of Public Works

Raymond Davis
New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation

Michelle DeRobertis
Wilbur Smith Associates

Lukas Franck
The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Michelle Holsopple
Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3

Dolores Gonzales
City of Austin, Texas

David Guth
Department of Blind Rehabilitation
Western Michigan University

Peter Lagerwey
Pedestrian and Bicycle Program
Seattle Engineering Department

John LaPlante
T.Y. Lyn International, DASCOR, Inc.

Richard Long
Department of Blind Rehabilitation,
Western Michigan University

Stuart Macdonald
Colorado State Parks

Michael M. Moule

William Prosser
Federal Highway Administration

Michael Ronkin
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Oregon Department of Transportation

Arthur Ross
Traffic Engineering Division
Madison Department of Transportation

Dona Sauerburger

Richard Skaff
San Francisco Department of Public Works

Lois Thibault
U.S. Architectural & Transportation Barriers Compliance Board

Jennifer Toole
Sprinkle Consulting, Inc.

Patti Voorhees

Ellen Vanderslice
America Walks

Charles Zeeger
Highway Safety Research Center at
University at North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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