Pedestrian crossing access for disabled people (5)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-09-15
Session date: 
September 15, 2010
Reference: 
2010/2913
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to MQ(2262/2010), I have since been informed by a leading organisation that represents visually impaired and blind people that, firstly, a blind person could not really expect to be always able to get to the post where the cone is located. Secondly, a person with a guide dog and perhaps shopping/a child does not have a spare hand to be able to benefit from this system. Do you agree that because of these reasons the only real safe system for visually impaired and blind people is to have the audible signal alongside the cone?

Answer

Answer for Pedestrian crossing access for disabled people (5)

Answer for Pedestrian crossing access for disabled people (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Audible signals can be beneficial for blind and partially sighted pedestrians, however, they cannot be employed at all locations. For example, at a staggered crossing, it could be potentially dangerous to implement audible signals that could be heard on the crossing which was not receiving a green signal. TfL, therefore, does not believe that audible signals are the only safe system for assisting blind and visually impaired pedestrians.