Posts Tagged ‘ADA’

Go Away. We Don’t Want You Here.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

[Found in here.]

Not Handicap Code Compliant.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Hint: There’s no ramp to the 1st floor entry.

[Found here.]

Detroit’s Handicap-Accessible Sidewalks To Nowhere

Tuesday, 22 November 2016


Detroit’s in a financial mess but at least they’ve got curb ramps with truncated domes.

Consider the cost of this nonsense.

[(Demo + curb ramp + truncated domes) x 8 curb ramps per intersection x number of Non-Compliant intersections] x 1.2 for Union Wages = Some Serious Clams for a city with no money to be forced to provide handicap accessibility for ghosts.

In a city where poverty is high, schools are broken and crime is rampant, the federal government has forced Detroit to spend more than $50 million in the past decade for sidewalk ramps that often lead to nowhere.

Many of the nearly 35,000 ramps, which are for people with disabilities, are on inaccessible sidewalks or streets with no homes.

My guess is the construction cost per curb ramp is closer to $3500 apiece, not including striping, and it gave the Detroit Public Works employees something to do. On the other hand, it’s probably cheap insurance because the Americans with Disabilities Act is enforced via litigation and not local jurisdiction.

[Photo essay from here, via here. See Appendix D Page 43 for estimated costs.]

Mr. Slinky’s Dream Vacation

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


Bueren Mountain is not a real mountain. It is a 374 steps long staircase in Liège [Belgium]. The stairs were built in 1881 to allow soldiers on top of the hill to go down to the centre without having to walk through the dangerous alleys.

Fun Facts To Know & Tell

374 risers x 7.5 inches (assumed existing) makes it about +234 feet in elevation. If that staircase were constructed in the US under current handicap accessibility codes (ADA), not only would the stair run be longer, the required ramp (assuming a straight run with no switchbacks, and including 5-foot long landings every +30 inches) would reach 2/3rds of a mile in length.

Aside from Mr. Slinky, it’d be a skateboarder’s vacation dream. Get air 94 times before you eat the pavers or blast some poor soul at the bottom of the run. Take away the landings and brakes, and Mr. Wheelchair & Mr. Skateboard end their 12 second journey at over 120mph.

On the other hand, Mr. Slinky, at 1 second per step (do Slinkys speed up?) would make it to the bottom in about 6 minutes, ready for another go. I’d rather be Mr. Slinky.

[Found here via here. I also noticed that the esteemed, highly regarded and fetching Ms. Cellanea beat me to the post. Again.]

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