The concept of a "priority accessible network" is a response to the problem created by a non-systematic approach to the installation of countermeasures for the handicapped and elderly. It is based on the idea that the same planning principles of efficiency and effectiveness which underlie other types of transportation planning can be applied to the process of accommodating the needs of special populations. The priority accessible network for any city consists of a number of fully accessible pedestrian routes connected together into a continuous system which is gradually expanded according to a plan. Each accessible route consists of a connected sequence of components formed from a connected sequence of elements. And each route is made accessible and added to the accessible system according to priorities set out in the plan. Accessibility is achieved by the use of the appropriate countermeasure might be the addition of a curb ramp a street intersection. In practice, the routes serve elderly and handicapped pedestrians within districts; and routes connect districts to each other. Each district is added to the accessible system according to the priorities of the plan. As a process, the priority accessible network may be defined as a phased allocation of resources over time, based on a determination of need and a commitment to system continuity. The increasing demand for public funds for urban development, coupled with the decreasing financial capabilities of many cities, makes the efficient use of limited resources an important objective to the methods described in the Manual. The Manual has been organized into a sequence of decision-making steps beginning with problem identification and ending with project implementation and evaluation. The procedures described in each step are conventional, and reflect, as much as possible, curnative methods arre pesented where possible, to accommodate the varying needs and resources of the user. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Templer, J
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 224 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319197
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-IP-80-8
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-8504
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 11 1980 12:00AM