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The U.S. Access Board’s Technical Assistance phone number is now 202-272-0080 extension 3.

(Proposed) Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines

About the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for the Public Rights-of-Way

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The Access Board is developing new guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) that will address access to sidewalks and streets, crosswalks, curb ramps, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, and other components of public rights-of-way. These guidelines also review shared use paths, which are designed primarily for use by bicyclists and pedestrians for transportation and recreation purposes.

The Access Board issued proposed guidelines for public comment. The Board is in the process of finalizing these guidelines.


  • October 20, 1999 – The Board organizes the Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee.

  • January 10, 2001 - The Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee submits its report to the Board.

  • June 17, 2002 – The Board releases draft guidelines for public comment.

  • November 23, 2005 – The Board releases revised draft guidelines for purposes of gathering information for a cost analysis.

  • July 26, 2011 – The Board issues proposed guidelines for public comment.

  • March 28, 2011 – The Board issues an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on supplement for shared use paths for public comment.

  • February 13, 2013 – The Board issues a notice to supplement its rulemaking on public rights-of-way to address shared use paths.

Additional Resources

Technical Assistance

Contact the Access Board for assistance on these guidelines