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State and local land managers respond to Department of Justice rule on Wheelchairs and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices which took effect March 15, 2011



POLICIES and ASSESSMENTS on power-driven mobility devices for accessibility

photo of Segway

Segways are only one kind of "other power-driven
mobility device" that may potentially be used by
individuals with mobility disabilities on trails

ARROW See Analysis of state and local OPDMD regulations and policies

Compiled by Stuart Macdonald, National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP) Manager, American Trails


The following are examples provided by local and state governments of policies and assessments for use of "Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices" on trails, bike paths, greenways, and pedestrian facilities.




AR: Arkansas State Parks ADA Regulation on Mobility Devices (download pdf 76 kb)

CA: California State Parks policy on Permissible Uses of Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (download pdf 1.2 mb)

FL: Florida's State Parks policy on Wheelchairs, Manually-Powered Mobility Aids and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD)

FL: Use of Mobility Devices on State Forests


MN: Rules regarding the use of other power driven mobility devices in DNR facilities and lands

NY: New York State Interim Guidance on Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices (pdf 48 kb)




CO: Jefferson County Open Space Guidelines for use of "Other Power Driven Mobility Devices" on JCOS properties (adopted March 15, 2011)

CO: Fort Collins Use of Electronic Personal Assistance Mobility Devices Policy

CO: Summit County Guidelines for "other power-driven mobility devices" on open space and trails

CO: Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Rio Grande Rail Trail Corridor Rules on the Use of Other Power Driven Mobility Devices

CA: Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority interim ADA policies

CA: Orange County Parks assessments of permissible or non-permissible OPDMD

CA: Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency policy on Power Driven Mobility Devices

CA: Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy interim policy on use of power-driven mobility devices

MA: Great Barrington Housatonic River Walk Motorized-use Policy (pdf 63 kb)

MN: Three Rivers Park District Interim Policy on Use of Power Driven Mobility Devices

PA: Lancaster County Parks Department Trail Accessibility Policy

PA: West Penn Trail Accessibility Policy on power-driven mobility devices

TN: Nashville Metro Parks "Power-driven Mobility Device ADA Access Policy for Trails, Bike Paths, Greenway Trails and Pedestrian Use Areas"



May 14, 2011: Make way for Segways on the Rio Grande Trail



American Trails index on accessible trails, outdoor recreation, and the Americans with Disabilities Act

See DOJ ADA Website

Aditional information and comments on the “power-driven mobility device" issue:

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