Universal Design Guidelines for Outdoor Spaces

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Presentation for the Special Services and Access Committee
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada September 2011

 

 

Our principal, Donna, shared the municipal process in the research and development of the booklet called the Universal Design Guidelines for Outdoor Spaces:  Plan and Design for Choice with the Special Services and Access Committee for New Westminster.  The event was attended by advocates, transportation engineers and planners.  A historical review of the equitable model of Universal Design was presented together with applied and practical, accessible solutions for the design of crosswalks at major intersections, midpoint crosswalks.  Human factors were discussed relative to pedestrian interaction with the automobile, and the activity of crossing a street from a curb ramp.

 

Emphasize was placed on health, safety, consistency and education as well as the need for professionals, that include planners and designers, to have in hand the Canadian Standards Association design guidelines entitled Accessible Design for the Built Environment (B651-04), recent editions of the BC Building Code, and copies of the The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

 A copy of Universal Design Guidelines for Outdoor Spaces:  Plan and Design for Choice is available as a PDF (free download) from the District of Maple Ridge website or the City of Pitt Meadows website.  Paper copies are available by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 604-467-7355. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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