Sidewalk Standards

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The City of Ottawa is reviewing the two adopted sidewalk standards and is seeking feedback from residents on their experiences when navigating the sidewalks. Your feedback and engagement on this initiative is important to the City of Ottawa.

The outcome of this review will be considered for the City of Ottawa’s design and construction specification documents.

Comments can be submitted by February 16 2021.

Background

Key considerations to sidewalk standards are finding a balance between accessibility, pedestrian movements, safety, parking and cycling impacts, traffic, maintenance and vehicular access.

The City is a leader in developing accessible environments for all, embracing the principles of “universal design” and is committed to identify, remove and prevent barriers as per the scope and application of the City of Ottawa’s Accessibility Design Standards.

The City of Ottawa has two adopted sidewalk standards:

Ramp style sidewalks

For sidewalks 1.8 meters or wider, the City’s standard minimum width, the City of Ottawa adopted the ramp style vehicle access to allow the flat surface to continue and facilitate pedestrian accessibility at the driveway/sidewalk interface.

The ramp style vehicle access incorporates a ramp on the roadside of the sidewalk to avoid the need to lower the sidewalk at the driveways. When this is done the flat width of the sidewalk in these areas is reduced.

For example, for 1.8 meters sidewalks the ramp is 750 millimeters, this leaves the flat surface of the sidewalk width of 1.05 meters.

Traditional style sidewalks

Traditional style sidewalk provides a level entry for vehicles and requires sidewalk users to navigate the grade change at each vehicular entry.

Traditional style sidewalks are usually used for high-volume commercial and institutional entrances.

They may also be considered for:

  • Specific site conditions including slopes grater than 5 percent or when there are frequent driveways with a span greater than 20 meters.
  • On sidewalk only rehabilitation projects where the existing conditions are restrictive to application of the ramp style.

Traditional style vehicle accesses have a drop in sidewalk elevation at the entrances using a 2.4 metres transition taper.

The City of Ottawa is reviewing the two adopted sidewalk standards and is seeking feedback from residents on their experiences when navigating the sidewalks. Your feedback and engagement on this initiative is important to the City of Ottawa.

The outcome of this review will be considered for the City of Ottawa’s design and construction specification documents.

Comments can be submitted by February 16 2021.

Background

Key considerations to sidewalk standards are finding a balance between accessibility, pedestrian movements, safety, parking and cycling impacts, traffic, maintenance and vehicular access.

The City is a leader in developing accessible environments for all, embracing the principles of “universal design” and is committed to identify, remove and prevent barriers as per the scope and application of the City of Ottawa’s Accessibility Design Standards.

The City of Ottawa has two adopted sidewalk standards:

Ramp style sidewalks

For sidewalks 1.8 meters or wider, the City’s standard minimum width, the City of Ottawa adopted the ramp style vehicle access to allow the flat surface to continue and facilitate pedestrian accessibility at the driveway/sidewalk interface.

The ramp style vehicle access incorporates a ramp on the roadside of the sidewalk to avoid the need to lower the sidewalk at the driveways. When this is done the flat width of the sidewalk in these areas is reduced.

For example, for 1.8 meters sidewalks the ramp is 750 millimeters, this leaves the flat surface of the sidewalk width of 1.05 meters.

Traditional style sidewalks

Traditional style sidewalk provides a level entry for vehicles and requires sidewalk users to navigate the grade change at each vehicular entry.

Traditional style sidewalks are usually used for high-volume commercial and institutional entrances.

They may also be considered for:

  • Specific site conditions including slopes grater than 5 percent or when there are frequent driveways with a span greater than 20 meters.
  • On sidewalk only rehabilitation projects where the existing conditions are restrictive to application of the ramp style.

Traditional style vehicle accesses have a drop in sidewalk elevation at the entrances using a 2.4 metres transition taper.

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