Did you know that the University of Utah has over 60 miles of sidewalks (and that doesn’t even include Research Park)? The Universal Design and Access committee is gathering and updating University data on campus sidewalks to help convey accurate information about access and paths of travel on campus and identify needed improvements.
Over the past several years, many ADA improvements have been made on campus, including the installation of ADA ramps, changes to parking lots, and the creation of new pathways. This work has improved campus accessibility, not only for individuals with mobility disabilities but also for other users, such as bicyclists and those with strollers.
The ADA Pathways project is the next step in improving accessibility on the University of Utah campus. This project entails building an accurate data set for all pathways on campus in terms of ADA accessibility. This data can be utilized to develop improved way-finding applications, better integrate with other available data (such as information about construction projects), and tie in pathways to other accessibility features on campus. This work will greatly inform accessibility and universal design efforts on campus.