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Monday, September 28, 2015

Effective Snow Removal for Pathways and Transit Stops for Accessible Pathways publication

Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) published an information publication on effective snow removal.

The publication on effective snow removal highlights a variety of innovative strategies used to improve accessible pathways and transit stops during winter weather. Partnerships, policies, and the involvement of businesses and community members are three ways that communities effectively approach snow removal for better mobility.

People using mobility devices can have difficulty or be restricted from traveling through snow. Ice and salt can get on a wheelchair user’s hands and on the mobility device resulting in injury or rust. Salt treatments used to remove ice can prove damaging or toxic to service animals’ feet. People who use surface and visual cues for navigation may find snow and ice left on pathways disorienting

Accessible pathways are important for a number of reasons and groups, especially people with disabilities. Communities located in snow and ice zones need to ensure that public walkways are clear and treated so that all people can travel as safely as possible. Trends in health, transit, and land use all are moving towards supporting active transportation and multiple transportation options. Accessible pathways and effective snow removal practices are becoming a higher priority in many regions. Community leaders interested in accessible pathways should consider identifying multiple partners and strategies to strengthen their initiatives. Many of the examples provided in this information brief are low-cost and easy to implement.

For the Full Publication (pdf), visit: http://www.adainfo.org/sites/default/files/Effective-Snow-Removal-Booklet.pdf

Easter Seals Project ACTION webinar: Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal
Published on Aug 21, 2014
YouTube channel Easter Seals Project ACTION

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