Accessible Gates for Trails and Roads

This tech tip includes drawings of gate designs that will block all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, but will allow wheelchairs and, in some cases, horses to pass.

by USDA Forest Service

The Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) has reviewed available gate designs from around the world that allow wheelchair access, but restrict all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorcycles, and mountain bikes. We also searched for an existing gate or gate design that would allow access by wheelchairs and horses, but keep out
ATVs and motorcycles.

When the Forest Service installs a gate, berm, or other type of device to restrict motor vehicles on a road or trail, but encourages foot travel beyond the restriction, a passage 36
inches wide must be provided for someone using a wheelchair (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973).

When foot travel is encouraged past a gate blocking motorized access, the Forest Service is required to provide a 36-inch passage for persons using wheelchairs. 

Attached document published February 2014

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