Public roadway accessibility for persons with reduced mobility
The current context
Although the former French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced on 26 February 2014 a postponement of the deadlines for making public buildings disabled accessible, public roadway accessibility for persons with reduced mobility has been mandatory since 2007.
11 February 2005
The law on equal rights and opportunities, participation and civil rights of persons with reduced mobility was passed. The law mandates accessibility for all types of disability and applies to the entire urban environment: public buildings, public roadways, public spaces and transit systems. It sets the date of 1 January 2015 as the final deadline for this goal.
The authorities managing public roadways and public spaces must plan for new development work in compliance with the regulations.
The PAVE (plan for making the public roadways and public spaces accessible) defines the accessibility work schedule, and should be set up under the initiative of the Mayor or President of the EPCI (public intercommunal cooperation establishment).
The law of February 2005 requires public buildings and public transport services to be made accessible on 1 January 2015. However, to allow those who will not meet the accessibility deadline to carry out accessibility work, it was decided to create an exception arrangement, while maintaining a firm position on the deadline: The Programmed Accessibility Agendas (Ad'AP), which will allow private and public actors to commit to a precise calendar for accessibility work.
Our solutions, products and advice for an accessible city
LACROIX supports you in making your streets accessible. For pathways, parking, road crossings, curb ramps and pavements, there are standards that regulate the manufacture and installation of street furniture and road signs. In this way they ensure continuity in the urban environment for everyone.
LACROIX Signalisation guarantees the compliance of its products with the accessibility law, and also recommends practical solutions for you that go beyond the strictly regulatory framework.
For visually impaired people and the elderly, it is essential to carefully mark out street furniture. The contrast between the object and its environment ensures optimum safety against injury risks. All our posts come in disabled versions (fully contrasted head or collar). This is an effective way to visually indicate a change of direction or the narrowing of the pathway for pedestrians.
The contrast collar is an adhesive strip at least 10 cm wide attached at approx. 130 cm high around the post. It visually marks street furniture: posts, sign panels, signage.
To ensure the detection of our range of twin-mast signage whose clearance is less than 2.20m, it is mandatory to install a low element positioned at a height of 0.40 m if the assembly is located on a pedestrian pathway. Therefore LACROIX City offers the addition of a blank or customized panel at the bottom.
Parking for disabled people
The dimensioning, layout, number and marking of disabled parking places must meet specific standards. LACROIX Signalisation ensures specific road marking and also the manufacture and fitting of dedicated police panels: B6d sign (no stopping or parking) + M6h panel ("except disabled").
Tactile paving (or warning strips)
Tactile paving is installed at the approach to pedestrian road crossings. It warns blind and visually impaired people of the approach of the crossing and guides them in the right direction. The paving features visual and tactile contrast and is usually accompanied by a specific road layout such as a curb ramp (or dropped curb). LACROIX Signalisation recommends installing two contrasted posts or tactile paving studs.
Like tactile paving, LACROIX Signalisation guide rails guide visually impaired people who use canes. These guide strips are installed continuously all along the path. They have a visual contrast which differentiates them from the surroundings, and tactile contrast ensuring their identification by foot or cane.
Bus shelters and stops
LACROIX Signalisation offers a range of safety products for fully accessible bus stops: from a waiting point to a complete bus shelter, the Variance® range offers a canopy design freeing the ground space, and accessories attached directly to the structure to enable the free circulation of persons with reduced mobility. The layout of the bus stop is also subject to strict regulations in terms of identification, signage, safety and comfort around the stop..
LACROIX Signalisation offers an optional Braille sign for bus stops, to indicate the name of the stop for Braille readers.
Pedestrian signal, audible version
For equipping pedestrian crossings, LACROIX Trafic, expert in illuminated signage, offers an audible module for Alumix® pedestrian signals. In compliance with standard NF S32-002 on signals for blind and visually impaired people, the module is started by remote control or push-button. It gives configurable audible messages ("green" and "red"), in compliance with the standard.
To support you in your accessibility process, LACROIX Signalisation provides help in assessing your needs and complying with the legal requirements in this complex area.