pathVu Announces New Pavement Standard
pathVu has announced the publication of ASTM E3028-16, titled Standard Practice for Computing Wheelchair Pathway Roughness Index (WPRI) as Related to Comfort, Passability, and Whole Body Vibrations from Longitudinal Profile Measurements. This is an important outcome from over 20 years of pathway-related research to improve the lives of people with disabilities performed by the founders of pathVu and researchers at the Human Engineering Research Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, with funding from the US Access Board, Veterans Administration, and industry sponsorship.
pathvu's proprietary Pathway Measurement Tool (PathMeT), developed at HERL, was used to develop this standard and has been used to evaluate sidewalk quality around the United States.
pathVu will be conducting a series of free webinars describing the new standard, the proposed WPRI thresholds for ADA compliance that have been published in Assistive Technology, and the upcoming policy and legislative steps that will make this a requirement for all pedestrian pathways. Those interested in attending should use the following form to express their interest: pathVu E3028 Webinar Interest.
We'd like to congratulate pathVu, which spun off from HERL's work on pathway roughness and wheelchair vibration. This will make a huge difference in the lives of people who use wheelchairs!