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Ramp Slope and Rise
The lower the slope the safer and easier the use of the ramp. That said, the general rule of thumb is 1" of rise will require 12" of ramp. While it sounds like an awfully low slope, it is really quite difficult for most wheelchair users to negotiate even a 1 in 12 slope if the ramp is any length at all. Permanent ramps are subject to local building codes whether being constructed in a residential or commercial application. With pathway, portable and van ramps there usually are no rules or regulations, which dictate length or slope however common sense must dictate that a ramp which is too steep cannot be ascended safely.