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Florida State Parks policy Wheelchairs, Manually-Powered Mobility Aids and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD)

 

Florida's State Parks policy on power-driven mobility devices on trails

From Florida State Parks
This excerpt includes the section on Wheelchairs, Manually-Powered Mobility Aids and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD)

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Florida's State Parks is committed to offering accessible facilities, events and programs to all visitors. For standards and specifications regarding the use of wheelchairs, manually-powered mobility aids and other power-driven mobility devices (OPDMD) by people with mobility impairments within state parks. For additional access to trails and beaches, all-terrain wheelchairs, including beach wheelchairs are located in parks throughout the state. Wheelchair lifts are provided at the Boca Grande Lighthouse at Gasparilla Island State Park and Eden Gardens State Park. Sign language interpreters can be provided with advanced notice using the Accommodation Request Form. In addition, many parks with video programs offer an open-captioned version as well as transcribed copies of audio programs.

WHEELCHAIRS, MANUALLY-POWERED MOBILITY AIDS AND OTHER POWER-DRIVEN MOBILITY DEVICES (OPDMD)

Wheelchairs and Manually-Powered Mobility Aids are allowed anywhere foot traffic is allowed.

Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD) shall be permitted ONLY FOR USE BY PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS and shall typically comply with the following maximum specifications in order to be considered acceptable for use in Florida State Parks:

1. Speed - The operating speed while in a Florida State Park shall be that of typical walking speed, based on the particular soil type and existing environmental conditions, not to exceed 5 miles per hour.

2. Width - The width shall not typically exceed 34 inches. Certain pedestrian routes, trails and undeveloped areas may reduce the acceptable width as the width varies greatly for these areas due to natural features or cultural landscapes.

3. Length - The length shall not typically exceed 62 inches. Certain pedestrian routes, trails and undeveloped areas may not support the length of certain devices due to natural features or cultural landscapes.

4. Weight - The weight of the device shall not typically exceed 550 pounds. Certain pedestrian routes, trails and undeveloped areas may not support the weight of certain devices due to natural features or cultural landscapes.

5. Type - The type shall not typically include any motorized off-highway vehicle designed to travel on non-highway tires and/or having a seat designed to be straddled by the operator and/or handlebars for steering control, such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) and recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV). NOTE: Gas-powered vehicles, no matter the type, shall not typically be allowed in any facilities enclosed by walls and/or covered by roofs.

***IMPORTANT NOTE***

PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU GO. It is highly recommended that you contact the Park in advance of your visit to ensure that your particular OPDMD is approved for use in the particular element(s) and at the particular time(s) you intend to use it.


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