RESTROOMS PARKING ENTRANCES
What’s Wrong with This Building?
THE PARKING SPACE AT THE TOP
has an access aisle, as required,
but wheelchair users have to
enter the path of traffic to get to
the walkway because the head
of the access aisle is blocked
by a curb. The space also badly
needs a new coat of paint – the
accessibility logo and striping are
visible now, but they won’t be
if the existing paint fades much
more. The spaces on the bottom
are in fairly good shape and the
access aisles lead right to the
PLACEMENT CAN MAKE OR
BREAK A WHEELCHAIR RAMP.
The top photo features a ramp
that is unobstructed, but too
steep and thin to use – not to
mention the lip at the bottom
that could be tough to scale with
wheels. Ramps for wheelchair
access are allowed a maximum
slope of 1: 12, except in existing
buildings with space limitations,
which are allowed slopes no
steeper than 1: 8.
THE TOILET STALL ON TOP has
grab bars to assist people who
have mobility issues, but the toilet paper dispenser is installed
just above the side bar, potentially restricting its operation.
It’s also not easy to reach while
sitting, which presents another
problem. By comparison, the dispenser on the bottom is installed
right next to the user and doesn’t
obstruct the grab bar.