Accessibility: A Long & Winding Route From A Bus Stop

We were at a mall with a series of short sidewalks with curb ramps connecting a bus stop with the shopping center building. It is inaccessible because the ramps are noncompliant, and the sidewalks between the ramps have cross-slopes greater than 2.1%. The sidewalk also gives the appearance of forcing the pedestrian onto the roadway. 

The solution is to install parallel curb ramps so there is space for flat maneuvering areas and to keep pedestrians out of the active roadway.  A better accessible option with a better appearance is a continuous PCC sidewalk across the islands and parking lot entrances. The sidewalk cross slopes must be less than 2.1% with running slopes less than 5%.

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