Kerb ramps: What You Should Know in 2023
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What you should know about kerb ramps
Kerb ramps (see our car kerb ramps) provide simple access for both employees and pedestrians on and around your property. Kerb ramps exist in two types: those for cars and those for people. They provide a safe and non-slip means to pass from a high kerb to a lower highway or walkway.
Vehicle access ramps resemble half of a speed hump and are generally put into a gutter's right angle. They are extremely durable and can support up to 10+ tonnes of weight, making them excellent for vehicle access in and out of your facility. A pedestrian kerb ramp, on the other hand, is a basic flat ramp structure that allows pedestrians to cross safely during road construction and maintenance operations. They're also known as wheelchair ramps and safety ramps, and they feature a non-slip textured coating that keeps you safe even when it's wet or slick.
These plastic access ramps are often lightweight and portable, making them perfect for usage where a walkway has been closed due to street maintenance. The addition of a ramp allows wheelchair, trolley, pram, and bike users to safely transition from the sidewalk to the road level without falling into the gutter. During construction times, responsible contractors ensure that all road users, including wheelchair users and those pushing prams, strollers, or trolleys, may easily navigate kerbs and gutters.
Keeping an eye out for pedestrians and local residents who need to go about during building projects is an important component of your project and helps to your company's favourable public image.
There are also practical considerations: kerb ramps may be quite beneficial for loading and unloading construction materials and equipment.
A portable ramp makes taking delivery of smaller things and unloading them at the job site much easier.
Some locations, especially those with a considerable distance between surfaces, may require a trench cover rather than a ramp.
Keeping the door open for all
Ramps also help to keep neighbouring companies pleased by ensuring that repairs and refits allow the business to continue operating without being impeded by concerns with client access.
If you're rebuilding a shopping centre carpark, for example, and consumers can't easily manoeuvre their trolleys throughout the area, the property management is going to have a lot of issues.
When designing your project, be sure to account for all users and make sure that access isn't restricted by changed or cordoned-off pathways. Having a set of pedestrian ramps in your equipment inventory will guarantee that you are always ready to build safe routes on and around site.
Kerb ramps come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Pedestrian kerb ramps that are portable
Heavy duty kerb ramps, which are made of highly visible yellow plastic, are a must-have item on site when footpaths are closed for construction. The Street Solutions kerb ramp is ideal for work on and around sidewalks, nature strips, kerbs, carparks, and commercial or retail buildings since it is tough and developed for usage in the civil and construction sectors.
The ramp is built in a stackable manner, making it simple to store or carry several ramps together.
Kerb ramps for vehicles
Reflective ramps are constructed of strong recycled rubber and are meant to assist cars and wheeled equipment such as wheelbarrows and trolleys to safely cross kerbs on the side of the road.
This makes them excellent for use in medium- to long-term civil and construction projects where automobiles and other vehicles must be able to reach the site without difficulty. Because they're provided in modular portions, you can easily customise the length you require by combining any number of centre sections with two end caps.
Equipment such as plasterboard trolleys, delivery trolleys, wheelbarrows, and equipment on wheels or castors such as site storage boxes can easily navigate kerb ramps. By providing smooth path for moving equipment and supplies in and out of site during road repairs and other sorts of projects, a kerb ramp can assist to avoid trip risks.
How to install kerb ramps for vehicles?
Generally rubber vehicle kerb ramps come in modular portions that may be mounted using asphalt pins or bolts on both concrete and asphalt pavement.
They have a maximum weight capacity of 10+ tonnes when correctly placed, making them suitable for a variety of building applications.
Installation of each kerb ramp segment and end cap necessitates the use of two screw bolts. Fixtures are sold individually, so head to the bolts section to add them to your purchase.
Can ramps be made portable or installed as an after-the-fact adaptation?
With a few exceptions, all statutory ramps and curb ramps must be permanent and constructed at the time of construction or renovation.
Ramps can be installed after the building is completed to enable access to elevated workstations in courtrooms (sufficient space must be provided in design to facilitate installation). Only temporary or movable ramps servicing temporary constructions are allowed.
Are round or curved ramps permitted?
Because of the ensuing compound slopes, ramps without level landings during direction changes often do not fulfil the Standards.
Unless the radius is big enough for the cross slope to be compliant and compound slopes are avoided, this includes most circular or curved ramps. Otherwise, because not all wheels rest uniformly on the terrain due to the curve and slope, wheelchair movement is difficult.
Don't forget to checkout our other guide on Kerbs!