Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Why Are Handicapped Ramps Curvy?

As I mentioned in my last post, Hubby and I are wanting to build at least a garage. We are also weighing in a porch/deck as well. We also need a driveway. We had no idea how much everything will cost. So we're going one step at a time. 

I was just wasting time surfing and looking at garages, decks, porches etc.

As I surfed through the many pictures I came upon some pictures of handicapped ramps. They were curvy. I have seen many varieties before but this one was like a maze.

We are not planning on building a handicapped ramp. I already had one with my ex.  It was more of a pain to walk up and down the ramp than steps. Ex was planning for the possible future I may need a wheelchair. (Another story I don't even wanna get into.) I do not use a wheelchair. So there is no need in my situation. 

Also, I have this unfounded phobia that some criminal will see the handicapped ramp and think I am vulnerable and try to break in or something. I did say UNFOUNDED.

I had thought about my question before but it was like a fleeing thought. I didn't put much thought into it. The one I had was a straight one sort of like this one below except the slant was higher.

The ones that got me thinking was like this one. You can find this on www.deckthis.com

I wondered why a handicapped ramp would be like this. How can a wheelchair turn that sharply? Maybe some of you can answer that question. How do you maneuver a wheelchair through the maze?

I pondered and it just didn't make sense.

So I asked the guy who I mistakenly sent the "OOPS Letter" mentioned in my last post on Facebook.

He immediately responded. I love his prompt responses. You don't get those much nowadays from businesses.

Anyway, he responded, 

"It hast to be one foot in length for every inch in height! Most ramps are too long to go just one direction! In the picture above if it went straight it would have stopped in the middle of the road."

So there you have it, that's why handicapped ramps are curvy. 

We learn something new every day! Or I did anyway!


  1. The ramp at my favorite beach is like this. I never thought about it. Thanks!

  2. This is interesting. I guess if I did need a wheel chair at our house it would take some real creativing thinking and a good set of breaks as it is a bit up hill.

    1. Yea, the brakes would definitely be necessary. Maybe being on top of a hill will be helpful. going down anyway :)

    2. Pam, I consider your house an obstacle course that my quads and hamstrings are constantly training for. #goals :)


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