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Accessibility

The City of Seattle employs many policies and design standards for physical treatments to help people with varying abilities move around the city. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1990, extended comprehensive civil rights protections to people with disabilities. Many of the physical treatments that may enhance accessibility seem common today; however, over the years, the addition of curb ramps, raised crosswalks, push buttons for signals, and specialty signage have made walking easier for all pedestrians. Now, treatments such as tactile warning strips, audible signals, reflective signage, pavement treatments, and in-pavement lighting are installed regularly, and new approaches are continually in development. The examples below illustrate some existing tools. We encourage you to observe how these treatments benefit all users while walking in your neighborhood and business area.

Specialty Signs
Specialty sign
alert drivers to special users
Specialty sign
alert drivers to upcoming crossing
Specialty sign
alert users to high use location
 
Construction Zone Access Handrails Bus Stop Landings
Construction access
benefits all pedestrians
Handrails
help people climb steep streets and provide a fixture to hold to while resting
Bus landings
facilitate level access to transit
 
Push Buttons Countdown Signals Audible Signals
Push button
may activate a walk signal
Countdown signal
tell people how long they have to complete a crossing
Audible signal
provide directional guidance
 
Curb Ramps Tactile Warning Strips Change in Pavement Color or Texture
Curb ramp
provide easy grade transition for all users
Textile warning strips
alert users before they enter a street; yellow is the common color for visibility
Sidewalk
indicate pedestrian zone

 

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