|Re: Access to the interior (by vehicle)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 08:27:53 -0600 (MDT)|
Dear Jessie, and list: First check with your city requirements for emergency vehicle access. Ours was very specific that they had to be able to get a fire truck within x number of feet of the farthest corner of every building, and had to have certain sorts of turnarounds if the fire truck had to go more than x feet down a path. In addition, emergency vehicles needed to have access to homes. This was a non-negotiable in getting Planned Unit Development approval. Just like the UBC (building code), there was a (UFC) fire code. If you are on city utilities, check also whether they have requirements for easements for sewer-cleanout-truck access and such. We have some such easements across the grass on our commons field, though they are "invisible." I know at Nyland, they had pedestrian paths that were purportedly also usable by emergency vehicles, after undoing a sort of blocking gate at the end. With shoulders planted with ground cover or such that could theoretically be driven over. But in practice, when I visited several years ago, I noted that the path edges were thick with tricycles, shrubbery, etc etc and that seemed to me that it would be next to impossible to hurry a fire truck down there. If you do have driveable paths, you can have a simple bar-gate that needs to be manually disengaged to enter. This could even have a warning posted on it: Pedestrian path, Drive with Care 5 mph, watch for children, or whatever. I'm sure a wider path would be useful even without pedestrians, for garden carts, kids on bikes, hopscotch etc. Lynn at RoseWind (Where we can drive right up to every house, and also have separate pedestrian paths that are well used. We have managed to drive to our homes without losing our sense of community. We actually make social use of the additional visual clues -- we can look at driveways and see who is home, who has company, etc. And it is a great help for those who are mobility-impaired, whether by hip surgery, or sleeping children and heavy groceries. )
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