This paper examines the problems which arise in the provision of special facilities to enable blind pedestrians to use signalized footcrossings. The basic requirements for a non-visual signal system are defined, and these are examined in the light of both audible and tactile devices. A review of existing systems in Australia and Overseas suggests that none of these fully meet the requirements. The results of a questionnaire survey of the N.S.W. blind population have been used to examine the extent of the problem. It is shown that tactle signals have definite shortcomings, and in this regard, the characteristics of a sound signal are further examined. The warrants for sound signals are discussed, and recommendations are made for a practical system which will be the subject of further research. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 8th Australian Road Research Board Conference, Perth, August 23-27, 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    New South Wales Dept of Motor Transport, Australia

    Rothschild Avenue, Roseberry
    Sydney, New South Wales 2018,   Australia 
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  • Publication Date: 1975-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141028
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-019 290
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM