Increase site users’ ability to understand and access outdoor spaces by incorporating elements of accessibility, safety, and wayfinding into the site design.
Enable site use by including the following elements in the project design:
- Provide site access and usability as required by local and national accessibility standards (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act)
- Improve actual and perceived safety of site users by providing at least four of the six components below:Clear, defined spaces and access control
- Natural surveillance with adequate lighting levels
- Natural surveillance at entrances and walkways
- Clear visibility and good sight lines
- A variety of options for access
- Site design elements that improve the effectiveness of policing and security efforts
- Create an environment that makes it easy and intuitive for users to orient themselves and navigate from place to place, by providing at least five of the eight components below:
- Clear entrances and gateways
- Viewpoints and sight lines
- Decision points or nodes
- Hierarchy of pedestrian and vehicular circulation
- Distinct areas and regions
- Orientation devices and systems
- Maps and brochures
* Note: This requirement does not apply to single-family residential projects.
- To address safety and accessibility concerns during site design, identify techniques appropriate to the site type and user groups.
- Identify techniques to improve legibility and understanding of the site’s layout and intended uses.
- Consider implementing the elements to enable site use without compromising sensitive site features.
- Adapt universal design practices to enable all users to participate equally in access and enjoyment of site features and amenities.