Appendix B-1: Checklist for Recreational Trails

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Checklist for Recreational Trails

Except where noted as “Better Practice”, the checklist identifies mandatory requirements of the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces

Recreational Trails

AODA Reference 80.6 - Trails

Guide Reference Section 2.2

For each entry in the checklist, decide whether the requirement and/or best practice has been met, not met, or is not apppcable.

  • Consultation:
    The public and people with disabilities have been consulted on the features of the design of accessible trails
  • Entry points:
    850 mm - 1,000 mm clear width has been provided through any gate, bollard, or other entry element
    Better Practice: Entrances have been maintained to be clear of obstructions that could reduce the clear width such as trees or rocks
  • Width:
    Minimum 1,000 mm clear has been provided
    Better Practice: Minimum 1,800 mm clear has been provided; If less than 1,800 mm wide, 1,800 mm x 1,800 mm passing/turning spaces have been provided maximum 30 m apart
  • Clear height:
    Minimum 2,100 mm head room clearance has been provided
    Better Practice: Minimum 2,300 mm clearance has been provided
  • Running slope:
    Better Practice: Running slope as level as possible has been provided
  • Cross slope:
    Better Practice: Cross slope as level as possible has been provided
  • Stopping places:
    Better Practice: Level stopping places have been provided maximum 30 m apart along sloped surfaces
  • Change in level:
    Better Practice: Level changes have been minimized as much as possible
  • Surface:
    Firm and stable surface has been provided
    Better Practice: Colour and textural contrast within ground surfaces has been provided to define primary trail routes and assist with wayfinding
  • Surface openings:
    Have been designed to not allow passage of a 20 mm diameter object
    Better Practice: Have been designed to not allow passage of a 12 mm diameter object
  • Surface openings:
    Elongated openings have been oriented perpendicular to direction of travel
  • Horizontal openings:
    Better Practice: Maximum 12 mm long openings have been oriented perpendicular to the path of travel
  • Edge protection:
    Where trails run adjacent to water or where there is a drop-off in grade adjacent to the trail, edge protection has been provided
  • Edge protection:
    Elevated barrier minimum 50 mm high above surface that does not impede the drainage of the trail surface has been provided along the edge of the trail
  • Signage:
    Trail signage has been located at each trail head
  • Signage:
    Trail signage has been provided with sans serif font text with high tonal contrast to background
  • Signage:
    Trail signage has been provided with information including:
    Length of trail; Type of surface of which the trail is constructed; Average and minimum trail width; Average and maximum running slope; Average and maximum cross slope; and Location of any amenities
  • Information:
    Other media that has been provided to communicate information about the trail (park website, brochure, etc.) includes same information that is included on trail signage
  • Plantings:
    Better Practice: Consideration has been given to plantings that could enhance the experience for people that have a disability, such as strong contrast in colour or fragrance; Vegetation that drops fruit or large seed pods has been avoided

Recreational Trails - Boardwalks

AODA Reference 80.12 - Boardwalks

Guide Reference Section 2.2.2

  • Width:
    Minimum 1,000 mm clear has been provided
    Better Practice: Minimum 1,800 mm clear width has been provided; If less than 1,800 mm wide, 1,800 mm x 1,800 mm passing/turning spaces have been provided maximum 30 m apart
  • Head room:
    Minimum 2,100 mm head room clearance has been provided
    Better Practice: Minimum 2,300 mm clearance has been provided
  • Running slope:
    Maximum 1:20 has been provided; Note:
    Where steeper slope was unavoidable, boardwalk has been designed as a ramp and complies with section 2.2.3 Ramps in Recreational Trails
    Better Practice: Running slope as level as possible has been provided
  • Surface:
    Firm and stable surface has been provided
  • Surface openings:
    Have been designed to not allow passage of a 20 mm diameter object
    Better Practice: Have been designed to not allow passage of a 12 mm diameter object
  • Surface openings:
    Elongated openings have been oriented perpendicular to direction of travel
  • Edge protection:
    Minimum 50 mm high edge protection has been provided along boardwalks
  • Transitions:
    Better Practice: Transitions between sidewalks and boardwalks are as noted:
    Change of 1 mm - 5 mm vertical; (no bevel required) Change of 6 mm - 13 mm has been bevelled with maximum ratio of 1:2; Change of 14 mm - 74 mm has been designed with a running slope of maximum 1:8 or a curb ramp; Change of 75 mm - 200 mm has been designed with a running slope of maximum 1:10 or curb ramp; Change greater than 200 mm has been designed as a ramp
  • Transitions:
    Better Practice: Boardwalk has been designed to minimize potential effects of erosion of soft surfaces and frost heave

Recreational Trails - Ramps

AODA Reference 80.13 - Ramps

Guide Reference Section 2.2.3

  • Running slope:
    Maximum 1:10 has been provided
    Better Practice: Running slope as level as possible has been provided
  • Width:
    Minimum 900 mm clear has been provided
    Better Practice: Clear width of 1,100 mm - 1,200 mm has been provided
  • Surface:
    Firm and stable surface has been provided
  • Landings:
    Landings located at top and bottom of a ramp, at abrupt changes in direction of the ramp, and at horizontal intervals have been provided maximum 9 m apart
  • Landing size:
    Minimum 1,670 mm x 1,670 mm landing has been provided at top, bottom and abrupt changes in direction; For inline ramp landing, minimum 1,670 mm in length and at least the same width of the ramp has been provided
    Better Practice: Minimum 1,800 mm x 1,800 mm landing has been provided; Preferred 2,400 mm x 2,400 mm landing has been provided
  • Cross slope:
    Maximum 1:50 has been provided
  • Surface openings:
    Have been designed to not allow passage of a 20 mm diameter object
    Better Practice: Have been designed to not allow passage of a 12 mm diameter object
  • Surface openings:
    Elongated openings have been oriented perpendicular to direction of travel
  • Handrails:
    Have been provided on both sides of the ramp
  • Handrails - intermediate:
    Where ramp is greater than 2,200 mm in width, intermediate handrail has been provided so that there is no more than 1,650 mm between handrails
  • Handrails - landings:
    Continuous handrails have been provided on both sides of ramp landings. Intermediate handrails are also continuous.
  • Handrails:
    Better Practice: Secondary lower handrail has been provided at a lower height
  • Handrails:
    Better Practice: Colour contrast with mounting surface or background environment has been provided
  • Walls or guards:
    Wall or guard minimum 1,070 mm high has been provided on both sides of the ramp measured from the ramp surface
  • Guards:
    No element, attachment or opening located between 140 mm and 900 mm can facilitate climbing
  • Edge protection:
    Where no solid enclosure or guard is provided or does not extend within 50 mm of the ramp surface, minimum 50 mm high curb and/or railing/other barrier has been provided
  • Slope transition:
    Better Practice: High tonal contrast band minimum 50 mm wide has been provided across a ramp width, at the top and bottom of each ramp segment; Band has been located on the sloped surface, not on the landing
  • Curved ramps:
    Better Practice: Curved ramps have been avoided
  • Snow and ice removal:
    Better Practice: Heated ramp surface has been provided

 

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