August 24, 2010

The Board is initiating rulemaking to address access to shared use paths and will hold a public information meeting on the subject at the ProWalk/ProBike 2010 Conference this September in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Currently, the Board is in the process of developing new guidelines for outdoor trails and for public rights-of-way and plans to undertake a separate rulemaking specific to shared use paths since their design, construction, and use differs from trails and sidewalks.  Shared use paths often serve recreational purposes while providing off-road transportation routes for pedestrians, cyclists, roller skaters, and others.

As indicated in a published notice, the Board will use the upcoming meeting to gather information and input from the public on addressing access to shared use paths.  The Board is particularly interested in information on any accessibility guidelines for shared use paths developed by state transportation departments and other jurisdictions.  Individuals experienced in designing and constructing shared use paths, consumers, and others with an interest in the topic are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will take place September 13 from 1:00 to 5:00 at the Chattanooga Marriott at the Convention Center at Two Carter Plaza.  For further information, contact Peggy Greenwell at (202) 272-0017 (v), (202) 272-0082 (TTY), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..