Crossings for the visually impaired
THE Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has commenced with the test of a specialised pedestrian crosswalk for the visually impaired.
The first newly installed traffic signal, which is located at Regents Park just outside the Johannesburg Society for the Blind offices, provides sound alerts, push buttons and LED lane lights at the intersection.
The traffic lights are designed with sound and push buttons which communicate information to blind pedestrians to assist with safety when crossing the street. The audible push button gives a loud signal alerting when it’s safe to cross, and also when it’s no longer safe to enter the intersection.
Lane lights, built into the road surface, serve as an additional warning to motorists that the traffic light is red and that they need to stop. These lane lights for the pedestrian crossing are highly visible as brightness is automatically adjusted to light intensity.
“The Society would like to thank the JRA for installing the traffic lights for the visually impaired people in Roseacre as it has truly been beneficial to their independence and mobility in the area,” says the Johannesburg Society for the Blind’s Vangile Nyamathe. “We would encourage the implementation of similar projects in and around Gauteng to the benefit of the visually impaired.”