Our Work

Trails for All People: Guidance for Accessibility and Inclusive Design

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CLIENT

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

LOCATION

Non-Profit

CLIENT TYPE

SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Co-authored manual

PROJECT ELEMENTS

  • Universal access aggregate trails
  • Shared use paths
  • Best management practices

PROJECT DETAILS

In 2021, Penn Trails team members Larry Knutson and Sarah Walter co-authored a new edition of this free resource that explores how trail groups, local governments and land trusts can responsibly plan, develop and operate trails that are accessible by all people, including those with limited mobility.

What are best management practices? What is legally required? When is universal accessibility not appropriate?

This manual reviews Best Management Practices (“BMPs”) to utilize when planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining pedestrian trails for universal accessibility—for providing trails usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without separate or segregated access for people with disabilities. These BMPs, which derive from federal regulations, are mandatory for federal entities and those working on their behalf but voluntary for all others.