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Mobility & Disabled Access Ramps

Types of Ramps

Mobility ramps are used to provide accessibility to individuals with disabilities, particularly those who use wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids. Ramps are designed to remove barriers posed by stairs, curbs, or uneven surfaces, allowing people with limited mobility to navigate spaces independently. Here is some information on the types of mobility ramps available, as well as some key points to consider when it comes to their installation.

1. Permanent Ramps:

   – Constructed from durable materials like concrete, wood, or metal.
   – Installed as a permanent feature in buildings and public spaces.

2. Portable Ramps:

   – Made from lightweight materials like aluminium.
   – Easily movable and can be temporarily placed to provide access where needed.

3. Threshold Ramps:

   – Used to bridge small height differentials, like door thresholds.
   – Ensures smooth transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces.

 Ramp Design Considerations

1. Slope and Gradient:

   – The general recommendation is for a maximum slope of 1:12 for ramps (1 foot of length for every inch of rise).

2. Width:

   – They should be wide enough to accommodate the width of a wheelchair or other mobility device.
   – Allow a minimum clear width of 36 inches.

3. Landings:

   – Platforms at the top and bottom of ramps provide resting spots and facilitate easy manoeuvring.

4. Handrails:

   – These are necessary for added support and safety.
   – Handrails are required on both sides if the ramp exceeds a certain length or height.

5. Surface Texture:

   – Non-slip surfaces are crucial to prevent accidents, especially during wet or icy conditions.

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Published
19 December 2023
Last Updated
29 January 2024