What are some general outdoor accessibility guidelines?

To accommodate a wheelchair, scooter, or walker:
  • Pathways and ramps should be 4 feet wide.
  • Sidewalk slopes or ramps should rise no more than 1 inch for every 12 inches in length; a 1 to 20 ratio is more manageable when pushing or propelling a manual wheelchair.
  • Add a flat, 5-foot-long rest area to ramps and slopes at least every 30 inches in rise and at every 90° corner.
  • Railings should be 1.5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches from any wall or other structures.
  • Railings should be built to support 250 pounds at any point along their length.
  • For someone in a wheelchair to open a door, they will need 18 to 24 inches of clear space on the side where the door opens.
  • You will need a space 15 to 16 feet wide and 7 to 8 feet high to accommodate an accessible van.
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