Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Download Access Guidelines for Destination Based Elevator Systems

Great news! After a 2 and 1/2 year process, the San Francisco Building Inspection Commission this morning unanimously adopted AB-090, "Destination-based Elevator Control Systems Requirements" for accessibility.

Destination Based elevators are new technology that are primarily seen in high rise buildings. This technology can be found in San Francisco, New York and in Washington D. C..
This is an example of technology outpacing building code.

Destination elevators require passangers to enter their floor number on a telephone style keypad rather than pressing the traditional up or down buttons. The elevator assigns riders to a spacific car based on current car availability and the destinations of other passangers.
I rode my first destination system 2 and 1/2 years ago back when people who cannot see, those who move slowly or cannot read english faced some unique challenges. The disability community, private industry and the Department of Building Inspection worked hard to make things right. This wasn't about going to court, rather it was about getting good people to the table.
Now, When you encounter a destination based elevator system in San Francisco, no matter who manufactured it, you'll find world class access features that make the experience of riding a destination based elevator not only accessible, but fun too!
This document is now the standard for accessibility in San Francisco.
Feel free to use it in your own advocacy work.

No comments: