Logo
Young Driver Focus | National Conference | Knowledge Centre Twitter RSS
direcorycalendarvacanciesadviceshopContact
Road Safety News - In association with Keltic Clothing
Friday 14th January 2011

Charity calls for uniform street design to improve safety for the blind

The Royal London Society for the Blind has called for London's streets to be redesigned to make them easier for blind people to negotiate (BBC News).

The charity says layouts are confusing for many of the city's 250,000 blind people.

But London councils said developing "more prescriptive standards" would be difficult without reducing the standard of facilities for most road users.

A spokesperson said: "London's boroughs appreciate the need to provide special guidance and facilities for blind and partially-sighted people when designing roads and footways.

"London's road layouts vary widely because the space and geometry of each junction and crossing are different."

The spokesperson added that the DfT produced guidelines which boroughs follow.

A DfT spokesperson said: "By using this guidance, councils can help ensure that blind and partially sighted people are able to move around with greater confidence."

Councils use tactile paving but designs vary from borough to borough.

The charity said if London's 33 councils agreed common design standards it would help reduce the problems. It wants the government to force planners to introduce simple, uniform design guidelines to give disabled people greater accessibility.

Click here to read the full BBC News report.

Comments:

Report a reader comment
Click here to report a comment you consider to be offensive or inappropriate.


There are currently no comments about this news item.


What's your view - comment on this story:

I confirm that I have read and accept the moderation policy and house rules relating to comments posted on this website.
Your comment:
Your name and location:
Your email:
Captcha [What is this?]


Road Safety Academy
What's New?
Monday 4th August 2014 -

 Members' areaMinutes of the June Directors Board meeting added.

Monday 21st July 2014 -

 Members' area - Policy & Management Committee meeting June meeting minutes added

Thursday 17th July 2014 -

 Members' areaTHINK! Country roads campaign briefing added

Tuesday 17th June 2014 -

 Careers - new job vacancy added

Tuesday 10th June 2014 -

Members' area THINK! Campaign Calendar April 2014 - March 2015 added.

Tuesday 10th June 2014 -

Members' area - THINK! drink drive activity during the World Cup briefing added.

Contacts

Click here to submit a new story.

Click here to register for our weekly news update service.