As students walk, they will observe and analyze storefronts, sidewalks, and modes of transportation for accessibility. The walk should include evaluating at least one subway station. (Modification: If your neighborhood does not utilize a subway system, try to include at least one form of public transportation. If this is also not part of your neighborhood infrastructure, adapt the lesson for accessibility of public buildings like schools, stores, museums, etc.)
Students should make observations of at least eight different public spaces that they see.
Prompt: For each built space you analyze, consider: Is it accessible for all user groups? (Consider parents with children in strollers, those who use wheelchairs or scooters as transportation, people with injuries who are temporarily using crutches or canes, and the elderly.) Why or why not? Justify your answer through description and/or sketching.
Observations and analysis can be recorded in the student’s journal, the provided worksheet, or any other form of note-taking utilized by the class. Students could also take pictures using classroom cameras or smartphones.