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Urban Accessibility

Urban accessibility refers to products and elements that allows persons with disabilities to move in urban environments safely and easily. This includes elements as ramps, tactile paving and guides for persons who are blind or with low vision.  

What’s Urban Accessibility?

Urban Accessibility is a set of conditions and elements that allow all people without any distinction of age, physical or cognitive disability to move, participate and enjoy the urban environment.

Urban Accessibility is fundamental to guarantee equal rights and opportunities. Allowing all people to participate in social, economic and cultural life.

Road signals provide urban accessibility when including clear and accessible information for all people, regardless of vision, hearing or cognitive disability.  

Accessible road signage must have the following features:

  • Be visible and contrasting with the environment
  • Use a clear and easy language
  • Use accessible symbols and pictograms
  • Use accessible formats for persons who are hard of hearing or who are blind (tactile or audio signals)

Urban accessibility offers different benefits, among them:

  • Improve quality of life of persons with disabilities.

  • Reduce social inequality

  • Develop economic and social development

Tactile paving is a signage (surface) that you can feel when walking, used to warn about a possible danger and guide through the right way to persons with low vision or who are blind.

In general, tactile paving can be used in any public or private space that is accessible for persons with low vision or who are blind; for example:

  • Public roads
  • Public transport
  • Public buildings
  • Private buildings for public usage

Yes, they can. Thanks to the high quality materials which they were manufactured with; these withstand dust, rain, cold and intense heat even some bumps.

In United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards regulate the accessibility standards in commercial installations, public accommodation places, as local and state facilities, and others.