Pedestrian Safety is gaining more and more traction in places like Sacramento and San Francisco but how exactly is it done? let us take you through some case studies.

For a complete guide of recommended best practices please visit 6D.02 of the MUTCD

In this article we will go through a few different case studies to highlight some key things to keep in mind.

Case Study #1

Fence Feet are a tripping hazard and ought to be removed or blocked off.

The open ditch needs to be blocked off entirely from pedestrian access.

The ramp needs to have a 1:12" slope ratio so for every 1" of drop there are 12" of run.

The ramp should have a minimum 4' width.

The ramp's weight capacity should be a minimum of 800lbs.

Wood handrails are not compliant because they are not considered suitable for hand-trailing.

Lastly where the ramp meets the asphalt plywood is considered a tripping hazard and needs to be yellow in color and extend a minimum 12" beyond the handrail for wheelchair access.

Case Study #2

Caution tape is never adequate for open ditches

To provide ADA compliant guidance you need to have a hand-rail with a base that is at least 3" tall for blind cane detection.

For added protection you can provide pedestrian longitudinal channelizer devices on the parking lot side as well.

Case Study #3

In order to prevent pedestrians from entering into the workzone you must entirely block off the entrance. 

For the blind or sight impaired you can add an audible information device informing them that they can still proceed safely through the workzone. (Or for a detour provide directions of where to go)

Include regulatory signage that does not create a tripping hazard. 

To end on a positive note. They already had the ramp and the water filled barrier to help pedestrians proceed to the other side of the workzone (Well Done).

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for more information please check out our video from ATSSA.

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