The feeling is what I remember the most from that morning on Nov. 14, 2020. I stopped to catch my breath and saw it: The Compound indoor...
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What is Alt Route?
Alt route is a fully funded project through a grant received from RisingYouth and TakingITGlobal. The project works to create safe, accessible, and inclusive skatepark experiences for youth with vision loss and low vision. We do this by implementing adaptations to skateparks; adaptations that we've pioneered through hands-on research with our skate team.
We use brightly coloured series of lines and patterns laid out onto the concrete with a "colour code" that helps skaters with low-vision to be able to 'see' transitions, lines and landing spots.
Audio beacons emit a beeping or ticking noise that allow low vision and no vision skateboarders the ability to determine where skatepark obstacles are and used to provide reference for ramps, stairs, drops, and gaps.
Just like rumble strips on a road are designed to get your attention. Rumble strips in the skatepark give low vision and no vision skaters warning of the more advanced skateboarding obstacles in a park.
Alt Route's Matt and Curtis explain some of the visibility markers placed strategically to help Cassandra work towards her goal of 'flying out' of the bathtub bowl at Calgary's Shaw Millenium Park.
I loved watching the youth grow, and get more confident over time knowing that the facility was set up to best suit their needs.
The best part about participating in Alt Route is being able to skateboard safely.
Love the fact that each and every child was able to express what would help.
I like the bright colour tape markings, they allow me to feel safe, and know when a drop is coming up.
Alt Route Founders, Curtis Ruttle and Matt Janz, were featured on the Eyes Free Sports Podcast.
Alt Route Founder, Curtis Ruttle, wrote an article for CNIB explaining his work on the Alt Route project. We’d say more, but the article speaks for itself. Way to go...
We are excited to have been highlighted by the Calgary Herald. Journalist Jason Herring and the Calgaru Herald film crew took the time to chill with the Alt Route project...