Outdoor sidewalks and walkways, identified in the Standard as exterior paths of travel, connect people to their communities and give them opportunities to explore, play, shop and work in Ontario. When leaving their homes, everyone relies on these paths to take them to everything our communities have to offer. Making sure these paths of travel are safe and accessible to everyone will benefit people living in and visiting Ontario, as well as our businesses and communities.
Accessible sidewalks or walkways support the diverse needs of people of all abilities. Firm, stable and slipresistant surfaces with appropriate widths, passing areas, and slopes will benefit not only people using wheelchairs, but also those with walkers, wheeled luggage or pushing a stroller.
Under the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces, exterior paths of travel include outdoor sidewalks and walkways that serve a functional purpose such as walking to work. This functional route from one point to another differs from recreational trails which provide paths intended for a recreational experience. Recreational trail requirements are covered separately in Section 2.2 of this Guide.
This section also covers elements associated with an accessible path of travel such as ramps, stairs, curb ramps, accessible pedestrian signals and rest areas.