Public Invited To Report Accessibility Issues On Greenway Trails

Tuesday June 1st, 2021

Posted at 7:49am

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A new web page has been launched where the public can provide feedback about Greenway trails.

The new page is a partnership between the Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Essex Region Conservation Authority.

The first phase of the committee’s WE Check the Trails project focuses on ERCA’s 80 kilometres of trails, which include the Chrysler Canada Greenway, the Cypher Systems Group Greenway and the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub.

“We are grateful to the Essex Region Conservation Authority for its support and look forward to making local trails more inclusive and accessible for all,” said Christine Easterbrook, chair of the Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee.  “Accessibility is often more complex than people who don’t have challenges can imagine. That is why we want everyone to look at these wonderful trails from that perspective.”

The WE Check the Trails project will provide ERCA with data and information it can use to assess and maintain the trails in ways that enhance accessibility.

Examples of questions trail users can address when they are completing the WE Check the Trails form are:

  • Is the trail wide enough for someone using a mobility aid?
  • Are there any physical barriers, such tree branches and roots, on the trail?
  • Are there potholes or crevices where someone could fall or get stuck?
  • Are there railings where the edge of the trail drops off?
  • Are there shaded areas to get out of the sun?
  • Are there places to rest?
  • Are there accessible washrooms nearby?

You can find the webpage here.

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