Are There Different Strategies Ramp Design?
There are typically two strategies used for ramp design; a landscape approach or a structural approach. Using a landscape approach incorporates landscaping, gently sloping walkways and grading to overcome changes in level (see Photo 1). A safe path with a gentle slope can be built without railings, (unless there are abrupt drop-offs on either side, or users need them) resulting in an integrated, low-key design that does not look like a traditional ramp, reflecting the Universal design principle of equitable use. However, such an approach is generally limited to smaller changes in level. Using a structural approach involves building a ramp structure usually using wood-framing construction (see Photos 2 and 3). This results in a more dominant design, although the dominance can be minimized through creative design, landscaping and finishes. The most common ramp configurations are L-shaped (see Diagram 1) Switch-back (see Photo 2) U-shaped (see Photo 3) Straight (see Photo 8) Angled ramps
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