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FHWA Guide: Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Accommodating Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities

An October 2017 publication of the Federal Highway Administration. Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Accommodating Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities, reviews notable practices and considerations for accommodating pedestrians with vision disabilities on shared streets. It focuses on streets where pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles are intended to mix in the same space.

The guide includes a description of shared streets, an overview of vision disabilities and the strategies people with
vision disabilities use to navigate in the public right-of-way. It discusses the specific challenges pedestrians with
vision disabilities face when navigating shared streets. It provides an overview of relevant U.S. guidance, a toolbox
of strategies for designing shared streets that improve accessibility for pedestrians with vision disabilities, and ideas
on how accessibility for pedestrians with vision disabilities can be addressed in the planning and design process.
In addition, it provides information from case studies of completed shared streets in the United States that highlight accessibility
features and lessons learned, as well as a bibliography that includes sources specifically referenced in the body of
the guide and other sources that inspired the guide content and may be useful for shared street designers.

This publication is available on the public website https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/.