ADA (American Disabilities Act) ramps such as curb ramps are critical in providing access between the walkway and the street for people who use wheelchairs. The curbside ADA ramps are mostly found at intersections, on-street parking, loading zones, bus stops and midblock crossings.
The best curb ADA ramp that meet the needs of people with disabilities are:
In choosing the correct ADA ramp, you must make sure that a level landing is at the top of the ramp, identify the boundary between the bottom of the ramp and the street, place the ramp within the crosswalk area, avoid sudden changes of grade, make sure the ramp can be easily seen for people with vision impairments, provide adequate drainage and make sure the ramp transitions smoothly onto the sidewalk.
Due to public access standards, you may want to add slip resistance. There are many different avenues to consider, but a durable, long lasting and high traction option would be SlipNOT®’s all metal non-slip products in steel, stainless steel, aluminum or galvanized steel.
“Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access.” Part II of II: Best Practices Design Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 July 2012. <http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/sidewalk2/sidewalks207.cfm>.