The Americans with Disabilities Act and Trails
New: Public comment needed on potential conflicts between federal accessibility guidelines ending October 18th
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register for public comment.
How does Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) affect trails and greenways? Though specific regulations are not in place, ADA requires us to address the accessibility of trails in addition to buildings and programs. A Regulatory Negotiation Committee (RegNeg) has developed a final report of proposed rules for trails and outdoor recreation facilities under the authority of the Access Board in Washington, DC.The Access Board has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for public comment on the proposed guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas, including trails. See current news on the status of the proposal. Additional regulations are being written for pedestrian access routes in public rights-of-way. Also underway are proposed Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines for certain federal lands. See comparison of the proposed trail guidelines (FSTAG) with draft ADA guidelines (RegNeg).
During 2001-02 a cost-benefit analysis on the proposal, was being prepared for the federal Office of Management & Budget.
Comprehensive discussion of the proposal by John McGovern: A Work in Progress: Accessible Trails, Campsites, and Other Outdoor Recreation Areas
Another detailed discussion of the proposed design guidelines from the National Center on Accessibility: What is an Accessible Trail?
Details of the Pocess: Negotiators address trails for Americans with Disabilities Act
1999 proposed guidelinesReport on Recommendations by the Regulatory Negotiation Committee, September 1999, is the final report of the Regulatory Negotiation Committee on Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas. It proposes ADA Accessibility Guidelines for trails, outdoor recreational access routes, beach access routes, and picnic and camping facilities and is available online.
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Updated July 30, 2007