Enhancing Trail Accessibility, Connectivity, and Outdoor Developed Areas with Modern Technologies

This program will provide an overview of the needs and processes surrounding assessments of trails and outdoor constructed features.

by Peter Axelson, Owner, Beneficial Designs, Inc., Brandon Ross, Special Projects Manager, City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, Nathan Tolbert, Beneficial Designs, Inc.

This program will provide an overview of the needs and processes surrounding assessments of trails and outdoor constructed features. A real world application will be presented and discussed that demonstrates how creek ways are being used to connect communities city-wide and how its trails system has been made more interesting and user friendly through the use of QR Codes and the High Efficiency Trails Assessment Process (HETAP).

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About the Authors

Peter is owner of Beneficial Designs, which designs beyond the norm to meet the needs of all people and working towards universal access through research, design, and education. Peter is a national and international leader in Universal Design. He is author and co-author of numerous accessibility standards and guidelines that have influenced the planning, design and development of landscapes across the globe.

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Brandon Ross is a Special Projects Manager for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. He currently manages the planning, land acquisitions, design, and construction of an 85-mile Greenway system along San Antonio’s major waterways. He has also worked on projects related to community planning, land use and residential development. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Nathan Tolbert began his Career in the Carson City Assessor's office. After completing the six year project to complete the parcel layer for the City's GIS system, he opened a drafting firm that served clients that included large construction companies, local government agencies and numerous contractors. Nathan's professional experience includes Recreation, Education, Residential and Commercial Construction, Emergency Services and Public Relations. Nathan joined Beneficial Designs, Inc. in 2011 and is responsible for the oversight of Trail projects as well as a FHWA grant funded project to develop an automated process for assessing the Pedestrian Environment as it relates to the US Access Board's Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines.

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