Boardwalks are generally described as planked structures that are built close to the ground or over wet soil or water. They can be effective solutions to providing access for people that use mobility aids or who have poor balance. These requirements provide organizations with minimum standards to be met when a boardwalk is planned on a beach access route. The requirements in this Section represent a baseline for accessibility. Organizations are free to exceed the minimum requirements and provide greater accessibility based on local need, design opportunities and budget realities. It should be noted that this requirement does not mandate that beach access routes must include boardwalks.
The requirements of this Section apply to newly constructed or redeveloped boardwalks intended for public use.
Requirements for the Design of Boardwalks in Beach Access Routes
- Clear width
- Minimum 1,000 mm.
- Clear height
- Minimum of 2,100 mm headroom clearance above boardwalk.
- Running slope
- Boardwalks with running slopes steeper than 1:20 (5%) must be designed as ramps and meet the applicable requirements. See Section 2.3.3 Ramps in Beach Access Routes.
- Must be firm and stable.
- Surface openings
- Openings in the boardwalk must not allow the passage of an object more than 20 mm in diameter.
- Edge protection
- Provide edge protection that is minimum 50 mm high.