01 Nov

What are Curb Ramps? Accessibility, Hazards, and Regulations for ADA Curb Ramps


Curb ramps are the solid ramp that joins the top of a sidewalk to the adjoining street level. Also known as a curb cut or dropped curb, curb ramps are primarily used by pedestrians throughout urban areas where the main mode of transportation is walking. Curb ramps facilitate easy movement from the sidewalk to the road for individuals who use mobility aids.

31 Oct

Bicycle Etiquette: Staying Safe on Your Commute


Believe it or not, practicing good bicycle etiquette is not only polite, but it can keep you safe as well. Road rules provide important standards that, when practiced by everyone, offer a default expectation for how other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles will respond in specific situations. If everyone follows these common guidelines, all commuters have a higher chance of safety.

15 Oct

How to Combat Climate Change at Home


To help combat climate change at home, a number of options for making environmentally friendly choices in your own space exist. Every action has consequences, and your choices can influence the environment for the better. 

01 Oct

Tactile Warning Surfaces: A Regulatory Overview on the Americans with Disabilities Act


Tactile warning surfaces, also known as detectable warning dome tiles, fall under the jurisdiction of the Americans with Disabilities Act for creating safe and accessible spaces for all pedestrians in urban and suburban areas. These detectable warning surfaces alert people of street crossings and other hazardous drop-offs. In some cases, these detectable warnings indicate boundaries between pedestrian and vehicular thoroughfares, and they are also used onboarding platforms for public transportation.

22 Sep

Pedestrian Etiquette: How to Navigate a City Sidewalk


The basics of walking on city sidewalks may seem like common knowledge, but in reality, many people are unfamiliar with proper pedestrian etiquette. In fact, knowing how to navigate a sidewalk properly in a city setting can be overwhelming, especially with so many variables from transportation options and billboards to many shops and noises. Big cities can be very difficult to navigate, especially if you are from out of town.

15 Sep

How Historic Buildings Become ADA Compliant


Historic buildings face an interesting challenge of becoming ADA compliant when their original builders did not consider accommodating individuals with disabilities or mobility devices. As society has begun to seek ways to become more inclusive, this has extended to historic buildings in order to ensure that every visitor has the chance to experience the sites, landscapes, and buildings.

02 Sep

How Does Climate Change Influence People with Disabilities?


Scientists have long been warning of climate change and its corresponding challenges for the earth and its inhabitants. But the conversation has rarely focused on what it will mean for people with disabilities, until now.

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) changed that with a resolution calling governments to adopt a disability-inclusive approach for climate change solutions and responses.

30 Aug

11 Tips for Your Bike Commute


As cities and universities seek ways to lessen their negative impact on the environment, more and more people are turning to biking. Not only is biking a good form of exercise, it is also a cost-efficient solution for many nearby commutes while also not adding any more exhaust fumes to the environment.

For some, biking can be a scary or uncertain option because it often includes biking on the road or some dangerous intersections. To help make biking safer, check out these tips for your bike commute.

12 Aug

Climate Change Impact on Individuals with Disabilities


Individuals with disabilities often are overlooked in the conversation about climate change, extreme disasters, and emergency solutions. Since disabilities can differ, individuals with disabilities can be hard to serve, but as climate change becomes an increasing problem, societies and government bodies need to consider these individuals as well.
 

01 Aug

Public Transportation Etiquette: Coronavirus Edition


Public transportation etiquette has always been important, but since the onset of the coronavirus, public transportation etiquette has transitioned from simple politeness to a practice in safety. These days, polite society means wearing a mask and using lots of hand sanitizer. So what does that mean for public transportation, especially as more places go back to work in the office?