FHWA Accessible Shared Streets
A variety of innovative street designs are being built in communities across the country to create more walkable, livable places. Seeking to ensure these new street designs meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Highway Administration asked Toole Design to prepare Accessible Shared Streets, to explore the needs of people with vision disabilities in the design of curb-less, low-speed streets. Through a series of workshops and field walks, Toole Design engaged people with vision disabilities to provide detailed, first-hand input. Accessible Shared Streets breaks new ground – it is the first Federal publication to discuss the use of directional indicators, a design feature that is commonly used in Europe and parts of Asia to guide pedestrians who are blind along accessible pathways.
The resource is available for review, in both PDF and screen reader-compatible HTML, from the FHWA website.