Research Highlights

ADA Accessible Trail Improvement with Naturally Occurring, Sustainable Materials

Matthew Sleep
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides specific guidelines and requirements that must be met in terms of accessibility. However, in the case of unpaved trails, the requirements are less defined. An ADA trail must be firm, stable and slip resistant. Some compacted aggregate material may meet this definition, but degrade over time and can no longer be ADA compliant. The benefits of using unpaved surfaces for ADA trails include fit to the natural environment, cost, sustainability... Read More

Active Transportation, Neighborhood Planning and Participatory GIS

Marc Schlossberg
This multi year project is aimed at developing, implementing, and evaluating new community-based walkability tools. The project will be conducted in conjunction with the National Center for Biking & Walking (NCBW), which works with communities across the country interested in assessing and improving their local neighborhood walkability conditions. This proposed project is designed to utilize new mobile GIS technology in the development of tools that communities themselves can use to assess,... Read More