Ramp for everyone

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Design your ramp:

Design your ramp


Considerations Use Standards and Design

Who is the User?:

Who is the User? Sole user or many users? What type of mobility device do they use? Might this change? Navigate independently or with help? Permanent or temporary structure?

Basic Standards:

Basic Standards A minimum width of 36 inches. Edge protection to keep anyone from slipping off. Landings at top and bottom that are as wide as the ramp and at least 60 inches long.

Basic Standards, continued:

Basic Standards, continued Handrails on both sides of all ramps that rise steeper than 6 inches or have a horizontal projection of more than 72 inches. Cross slopes of less than 1:50 and surfaces slip-resistant and stable.


Slope The minimum standard for the slope of a ramp is 1:12, meaning that for every inch of rise (height) a ramp should extend (run) horizontally 12 inches.

Remember the User!:

Remember the User! Some slopes (even at 1:12) are difficult for people walking, manual wheelchairs, and even some power wheelchairs, and can be dangerous! ADA guidelines also recommend slopes of 1:16 or 1:20 for a gentler ascent/descent.

Common Ramp Layouts:

Common Ramp Layouts Landing and ramp-way in a straight line Ramp changes direction 90 degrees at an intermediate landing

Common Ramp Layouts (2):

Common Ramp Layouts (2) 180 degree change in direction between one run of a ramp-way, an intermediate landing and another run of ramp-way.

Let’s don’t!:

Let’s don’t!

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