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Pedestrians in a crosswalk near South Station in Boston.A woman in a wheelchair and her service dog traveling on a city sidewalk.Cars traveling around a rotary/roundabout.People sitting at an outdoor café on Newbury Street in Boston.A wheelchair user boarding a trolley in Portland, Oregon.A woman and her service dog at a crosswalk with detectable warnings in San Francisco.

Essential Federal Resources

An abundance of good Federal guidance on accessible pedestrian design exists.  The U.S. Access Board, drawing upon recommendations of its Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee (PROWAAC), is nearing completion of accessibility guidelines specific to the right-of-way. Its November 2005 draft PROWAG ( is recommended as a best practice by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of Transportation, where the current ADA standard, ADAAG 1991, is silent or inapplicable. When completed, PROWAG will replace ADAAG as the standard for new construction and alterations in the right-of-way.

This section of the report is drawn from the list of resources compiled for PROWAAC by member Barbara McMillen of FHWA's Office on Civil Rights. It was shared by Lois Thibault, Coordinator of Research for the Access Board and a member of its staff PROW team as well at this project's Advisory Board.

Please note: Some of the resources listed in this section are available as PDF files. In order to view PDFs you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this software installed, you can download Acrobat Reader This link will open a new browser window. for free on Adobe's web site.