These requirements provide organizations with the minimum accessibility standards that must be met when designing new or redeveloping existing recreational trails that are intended to be maintained. Organizations are encouraged to use innovative design solutions to provide the highest level of accessibility within the context of local need, existing topography design opportunities and budget realities.
The signage requirements of the Standard provide minimum requirements for accessibility and are designed to allow organizations the flexibility to decide how large or small their signage should be. Organizations are expected to identify the location of the entrance/exit points for recreational trails in order to determine where the signage requirements will apply.
Trail signage helps people better understand the characteristics of the recreational trail before using it. Providing information about the trail surface, average trail width, average and maximum slopes, etc., will help users to decide if the challenge of the trail is appropriate for their needs.
Trails may incorporate boardwalks and ramps in their designs. Refer to Section 2.2.2 Boardwalks on Recreational Trails and Section 2.2.3 Ramps in Recreational Trails for the technical requirements of such elements.
Requirements for the Design of Recreational Trails
- Entry points
- Trail entrances must have a clear width of 850 mm - 1,000 mm through any gate, bollard or other entry element. This range allows access for people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids while excluding vehicles such as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or small cars, which are not desirable on a pedestrian trail.
- Clear width
- Minimum 1,000 mm.
- Clear height
- Minimum 2,100 mm head room clearance above trail surfaces.
- Trail surfaces must be firm and stable.
- Surface openings
- Openings must not allow the passage of an object more than 20 mm in diameter. Position elongated openings approximately perpendicular to the direction of travel.
- Edge protection
- Provide edge protection where trails:
- do not have protective barriers;
- run adjacent to water; or
- are adjacent to a drop-off in grade.
- The edge protection must:
- consist of an elevated barrier that runs along the edge of the recreational trail.
- be at least a minimum 50 mm above the trail surface; and
- not impede the drainage of the trail surface.
- Location: Provide at each trail head.
- Text: Use a sans serif font with high tonal contrast to its background.
- Information to be included:
- Trail length
- Surface type/construction material
- Average and minimum trail width
- Average and maximum running slope
- Average and maximum cross slope
- Location of any amenities.
- If other media is being used to communicate information about the trail (beyond advertising, notice, or promotion), such as a park website or brochure, these sources must provide the same information included on the trail signage.