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Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access

Publication cover: Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access, Part I of II, Review of Existing Guideleines and Practices.

Part I of II: Review of Existing Guidelines and Practices


Note: This report was published in 1999. 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.


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Program Manager:
Barbara McMillen

Beneficial Designs, Inc.
Peter W. Axelson, M.S.M.E., A.T.P.
Denise A. Chesney, M.E., B.M.E.
Dorothy V. Galvan
Julie B. Kirschbaum, B.A.
Patricia E. Longmuir, M.S.C.
Camille Lyons, B.A.
Kathleen M. Wong, B.A.

Matthew J. Boisseau, B.S. Clay Butler

July 1999

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Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access
Part I of II:
Review of Existing Guidelines and Practices

Julie Kirschbaum was the project coordinator for this report, and for the last two years, has focused on the development of this document.

Updated: 12/9/2016
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