How can people in wheelchairs transit better on sidewalks?
Three main issues for people in wheelchairs when they use sidewalks:
- The roughness of the pavement brings inconvenience
- Uneven sidewalks poses potential risks of injuries and discomfort
- Moving around in winter time can be difficult due to accumulated snow
Make moving a wheelchair easier
We have decided on a Polyurethane resin with flame and UV retardants for the wheelchair lane. To increase grip, we have decided on an Aluminum Oxide aggregate or comparable filler.
We aim to implement this sidewalk system in a small town like Ann Arbor first, and aim to reach 80% coverage in 5 years, before we tackle cities with more demanding geography like San Francisco and its steep sidewalks.
- Direct Results: Improve the commuting experiences in public areas for people in wheelchairs
- Indirect results: Raise people’s awareness for the disabled population and increase the interactions among people who are in wheelchairs and people who are not.
- Short-term results: Certain geographical areas like Ann Arbor will implement the system and collect feedback
- Long-term results: The system will be implemented nationwide and be constantly improving by experts